The rise of Donald Trump and Pauline Hanson proves people are hungry for straight-shooters

Donald Trump is president. Hardly anyone saw it coming, except for the 59 million voters who elected Donald Trump to be
No one thought Trump would win, yet there he is. Will Pauline Hanson be Australia's sharp-shooter?

Donald Trump is president. Hardly anyone saw it coming, except for the 59 million voters who elected Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States. From calling Hillary Clinton “crooked” to describing President Barack Obama as someone who “looks and sounds so ridiculous“, Trump is no stranger to name-calling. He also broke all the rules about politics by launching personal attacks from the start of his campaign right till the end and rarely apologised. His words sent social media into meltdown and streets into protests, yet the businessman with no political experience will be on his way to the White House. That bluntness endeared him to the half of the electorate that was sick of “political correctness” and politicians who never delivered on their promises.

He called Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists” and promised to ban muslims from entering the country until he figures “what the hell is going on”. Instead of repelling voters away, his insults confirmed what his supporters wanted to say but couldn’t, they saw him as a non-politician who “tells it like it is.” While less than half of America saw Trump as a businessman with an uncensored mouth, others loved his bold un-PC ways. They saw him as a voice that spoke for them.

But it’s not just Trump who has been excelling by being bold, direct and unfiltered. Pauline Hanson has seen a rise in numbers of supporters. In August, Australia’s mainstream parties received their lowest share of the vote in more than 50 years. 

In an interview with Nine’s Karl Stefanovic, Ms Hanson praised American voters’ “people power”.
“I just think there was a big change. We need a change right across the world. This is a revolution, it’s called people power,” she said with a beaming grin.
“People are fed up with what the major political parties have been dishing out for years, and they’re saying, no, we want change.”

Despite changing prime ministers five times in five years, Australia’s political playground has been pretty much the same. Be it the mining tax, gambling reform, GST changes, negative gearing, greyhound racing bans, all it takes is a whiff of anger in the electorate for politicians to decide against upsetting the status quo. Let’s not even start on the plebiscite. 

When Trump threatened a Ford Motor factory a 35% tariff on any Mexican-built cars shipped back to the United States if they did indeed go ahead with their planned closure, Trump had already won the hearts of Michigan’s working class and walked away with a big victory that sealed his fate. When he called for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, he had secured voters who had been dreaming for a sharp-shooting politician. In their minds, they wanted a leader who is not afraid to say what he thinks.

In Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech to Parliament in 1996, she made the same a claim about Asians and repeated her call for a ban on Muslim immigration and warned Australians would eventually be forced to live under sharia law, if something did not change. “We are in danger of being swamped by Muslims who bear a culture and ideology that is incompatible with our own,” she said. But Ms Hanson says that she isn’t a racist: “Everyone’s entitled to fair go. You know, just be fair, just be honest. That’s who I am.”

Just like the Trump-effect, Pauline’s unfiltered words did not repel supporters. Instead, she attracted more people who believe that bluntness and brutal honest is a breath of fresh air. Is Australia ready for this type of political showdown?

Is it okay to be blunt if it means getting a message across?

  1. Colours  

    Being blunt is fine. Telling lies, flinging insults, spreading fear, promising impossible solutions, boasting about sexual assault – this is not bluntness. This is psychopathy.

    • Pamela  

      Clinton is the criminal Trump accused her of being, a traitor to her country, a murderess and a promoter of sale of aborted baby parts up to just before birth is due.

      Thank God Trump told it like it is – with the help of Wikileaks!

      Your head must be in the sand if you are not aware of any of this!

      Trump’s verbal indiscretion was 11 years ago and not repeated; Hillary’s crimes are long time and continually current!

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  3. elfa lerae  

    Telling the truth is good. Being direct is good. A little blunt is ok. But not to the point of humiliating and degrading others for your own benefit. Even sometimes the truth should be shrouded a little. No one wants to live in ignorance, yet it serves better if we informed and confided in and even consulted about our opinions.

  4. Elaine Henderson  

    First of all, I admit I only read the headline – reading a whole article about trump and hanson is just too much for me to bear. But really – people are hungry for “straight shooters”??? Are you delirious? trump is the biggest liar God ever put breath into and hanson is quite simply stupid. Neither one of them falls into the “straight shooter” category.

    • Joy Anne Bourke  

      Don’t agree, Pauline is telling it how it is. That is WHY people like and listen to her. We have no Government into Turnbull, does not know who to run a country only for himself and his mates.

  5. Faye Dapiran  

    Telling the truth is obviously fine and to be admired. But Trump and Hansen, especially Trump – telling the truth, you are joking. He is racist, sexist, biggoted, a liar and cheat, who seems to delight in saying disgusting things about people he doesn’t know and insulting entire races of people, and of course women

    • Joy Anne Bourke  

      I agree with your comments about TRUMP, he is the biggest liar ever, but they voted for him.
      Pauline tells the truth and how it is and that is what people like. Not being told a bunch of lies from Turnbull and his government. Turnbull is only out to fix himself and his mates happy. Hope he goes soon.

  6. Joan Marshall  

    Donald Trump is the Maverick America and the world needs. I agree Donald needs to be a little bit more discreet but I can understand that he does not suffer fools gladly so shoots from the hip at times. I loved the way he rallied the people in true patriotic style. Hillary Clinton has a filthy record I as a woman would never vote for her if I was in the USA. As for Donald’s loose talk on women Hillary is worse she has threatened women that her Bubba Bill was implicated with, taken donations from countries where women are treated so badly it makes me want to cry with deep sadness. Two wrongs do not make a right but Hillary needs to clean the muck off her back before she talks of anyone else. I said it many times God help America and the world if she came in as president and thank God she lost. Now go away Hillary lick your wounds and take a hard look at yourself and change for you and the American people and the world.

    • Pamela  

      Well said, Joan!

      And Clinton should take her crying, tantrum-throwing, vandalising supporters with her!

  7. The fact that Hanson was elected to parliament and that Trump was elected president does not prove that the people are hungry for straight shooters because both are proven liars.
    What it does prove is that the average IQ is falling and that there are now many more gullible people out there.

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