Most Jamaicans watch the madness unfolding with President Donald Trump with some measure of amusement as we weren't in America and had yet to experience the full results of his inept decisions. Our politics is far more insane and in a sense more violent than most persons would even imagine and as important as we consider ourselves, we don't have much impact on American politics. So it was to everyone's surprise when last night on Twitter, we were drawn into the political fray as we were basically trending when Trump brought us into the midst of one of his Twitter tirades.
Some context, President Donald Trump went on one of his infamous Twitter tirades by calling out persons who chose to protest the oppression of black and coloured individuals through racism. He took exception especially to persons who chose to protest by kneeling during the singing of the national anthem, calling out former 49er's quarterbackColin Kaepernick and claiming that NFL team owners should "fire that son of a bitch." So how does Jamaica fit into this? Well, Trump used a clip from the 2012 Olympics which showed Usain Bolt stopping an interview in order to stand at attention for the playing of the United States National Anthem.
Now that we're all caught up, let's get into the matter. Jamaicans were generally taken aback when the Commander in Chief brought us into his childish tweets and for the most part, were upset that one of our icons was brought out to be paraded like the ‘token black friend' most white people have in his petty squabbles. Jamaicans are no strangers to the stupidity of a political squabble, the PNP and JLP keep us on our toes with their pettiness and we have accepted social media as a new arena for this pettiness, remember the huge blowout about Lisa Hannah's bikini photos? Exactly. Was it stupid? Yes, was it funny? Hell yes. But what makes this different is that it is not a case of the Jamaican PNP die-hard vs Jamaican JLP die hard, it is a case of an argument that has nothing to do with Jamaicans brought on by a man that is generally despised by a large number persons seeking validation in his petty wars.
We generally have no interest in American politics especially right now when even the most seasoned political scientist has no idea what’s going much less the common man. Furthermore Jamaicans and Jamaican social media, especially Twitter, takes no one’s bullshit and were quick to let President Trump know that listen bredda, the way how you a move… it betta yuh gwaan a yuh bed.
Side note: Before you log in and start arguing with the Donald Trump who is STILL the President of the United States, the Department of Homeland Security has started collecting social media data and will be using it in processing visa applications. Food for Thought!