The worlds worst leaders have a dangerous heir who will risk peace to get Dads attention, says Guardian columnist Arwa Madhawi
There is an emerging political phenomenon that poses a unique threat to international stability and our collective sanity. It is the growing influence of what is sometimes known, in political jargon, as the Idiot Adult Son. From Donald Trump to Benjamin Netanyahu, Jair Bolsonaro to Rodrigo Duterte, the worlds most awful leaders all seem to have knuckleheaded offspring who are doing their best to be just like Dad, and doing a lot of damage in the process.
The Idiot Adult Son, by the way, should not confused with the Large Adult Son, a meme that sprung up recently. The latter is basically an overgrown, overprivileged man-child; annoying but largely harmless. The IAS, on the other hand, is a loose cannon whose attempts to gain the attention and affection of his father often result in a diplomatic incident. Eric Trump is a Large Adult Son. Donald Trump Jr, he of the awkward Russian meetings, is an Idiot Adult Son. (Ivanka is a Machiavellian Adult Daughter, but thats another article).
Perhaps because his father never loved him enough growing up, the IAS worships his dad to an almost pathological degree. The Brazilian presidents second son, Carlos Bolsonaro, for example, has his fathers face tattooed on his arm. A very healthy and not-at-all creepy thing to have done. I dont believe Donald Jr has tattooed his arms orange yet, but he does spend an inordinate amount of time online obsessing over Trump Sr. He even recently shared a Pornhub meme about his father. Again, a very healthy, not-at-all creepy thing to have done.
Spending large amounts of time doing inadvisable things on social media is a defining characteristic of the IAS. Carlos, who is nicknamed pitbull (as in the dog, not the rapper), has made headlines over the past week for his online attacks against Brazils vice-president, Hamilton Mouro. This latest drama comes just a couple of months after Carlos who has taken part in high-level governmental meetings since his daddy became president, even though he doesnt have a cabinet role called a minister a liar. This sparked a minor governmental crisis and the minister eventually exited the cabinet.