Donald Trump once said that he could shoot a man in the middle of Times Square and his supporters would still support him. Likewise, Vybz Kartel could shoot a man in the middle of Half Way Tree and his fans would still support him. In fact, Vybz Kartel was arrested, charged and convicted for murder but the support of is fans did not waver one bit.
Like Vybz Kartel, Donald Trump cannot do any wrong in the eyes of his supporters. Trump is a proven bigot, he bullies individuals and countries, and he tries had to divide the citizens of the United States along racial and religious lines but remain a darling to his supporters.
Before Trump became president with his decisive tactics, Kartel had already divided Jamaica years earlier where dancehall fans had to choose if they were Gully or Gaza, they could not be both. In fact, it is alleged that if Kartel the Gaza boss was at an event, no songs of his Gully rival, Mavado, was allowed to be paid at said even. It even got to the point where no songs from Bounty Killer, the man who is mainly responsible for Kartel’s success were allowed to be played at events where Kartel was present. Kartel had his gangsters and thugs to enforce these rules.
Looking at current events where Trump contemplated if it was possible to suspend the broadcasting license of NBC, once can’t help but to wonder if Trump is a fan of Kartel. It seems like Trump spent time studying Kartel’s moves and is not putting them to action.
In a great country like Jamaica that is known for Black freedom fighters like the Maroons of Jamaica, Dutty Boukman, Marcus Garvey and Peter Tosh; Vybz Kartel made skin bleaching an epidemic. So too, in a country like America that sounded happy to have gotten past slavery and Jim Crow, Donald Trump has made it popular for America to go back to being the most racist and intolerant country on the planet.
The sad thing is many of Vybz Kartel’s supporters are just like him. This was evident when Lisa Hanna dares to suggest that measures should be put in place to prevent Kartel from recording in prison. The vile and violent threats that followed were disgusting and had it not been for free speed, many Vybz Kartel fans would be in prison today. The same can be said of Donald Trump’s supporters and their disgraceful march in Charlottesville where they subsequently murder a young lady. It is fair to say the Vybz Kartel, Donald Trump and their respective supporters are birds of a feather.
If Donald Trump is not the Vybz Kartel of America then Vybz Kartel is the Donald Trump of Jamaica.