Before the breaking news banner had even slipped off our Canadian news tickers, the 45th President of the United States picked up the phone on Sunday night to call the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada.
Trump took it upon himself to offer his personal ‘condolences’ to Canada, following a fatal shooting at a Muslim mosque in Quebec City. The shooting sent instant shockwaves across the country and, apparently, into the United States.
That call would be one of the first ever interactions by these two world leaders who will inevitably be required to work together – or at least work around each other – for the next several years. We may never know precisely what words were exchanged, but what we can gather by the tweets and public commentary that have followed, it was a cordial, diplomatic and professional interaction. If you value your way of life the way it is, this should worry you.
Not unlike Richard Nixon, or Vladimir Putin, or Adolf Hitler, Donald Trump is an impulsive instigator. He likes to push buttons, he likes to cause drama, and he likes to start fires at every possible opportunity.
Whether Trump considers the consequences of his beliefs or his actions is debatable. What is becoming increasingly clear, though, is that Trump’s campaign promises were neither fiction nor whimsy as many of us foolishly assumed them to be. They were real, they were planned, and now they’re happening. And what took place here in Canada on Sunday night – a horrific hate crime that saw six innocent human beings people murdered in the midst of prayer – is just the beginning of what Trump has in store for us.
We Canadians should brace ourselves. The shit is about to hit the fan.