For the manifesto project, me and my classmate Tilly decided to follow on from what I was doing for my political print project. We continued with the “anti-Trump” theme, and our manifesto was essentially a piece that called him out on some of his most stupid and problematic remarks. The square, hand-drawn style of it was in part inspired by Red Alan’s Manifesto, by Grayson Perry – we believed this kind of style is more relatable to people than the commonly used constant typeface of many political manifestos.
It was done in black acrylic to make the writing clear and stand out, yet look somewhat rustic and imperfect.
Below are the quotes we chose and how we responded to them.
“I will build a great wall (…) and I will make Mexico pay for that wall.” Donald Trump, June 2015
Our first reaction to this was “what an unbelievably childish thing to do.” It is extremely petty to make Mexico pay for such an enormous and costly project, and suggests incredible arrogance, such that he thinks he can do whatever he likes. We immediately thought it’s as if he thinks he is playing SIM City.
“It’s really cold outside (…) we could use a big fat dose of global warming.” Donald Trump, October 2015
We were pretty annoyed by Trump’s total lack of perspective here – he tweeted this from New York in winter, obviously forgetting that arctic ice sheets are decreasing in area every year, putting all the wildlife in there in danger. Obviously the tweet was a joke, but we thought it a wildly insensitive one, and we summarised our objections to it with the line “tell that to all the polar bears” to question his lack of perspective.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best (…) They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.” Donald Trump, June 2015
We were doing this manifesto project shortly after recordings of Donald Trump bragging about sexually abusing women had emerged, so we found it ironic to say the least that Trump would accuse people of being “rapists” when he himself seems to think sexual assault is okay.