If I were an alien studying Earth from afar and had little to no knowledge about Earth’s past, cultures, or systems, I would only be able to conclude a few things.
For one, we’re fascinated by violence and destruction to the point of finding it entertaining. We adore conflict, be it physical or digital. While these things can be seen in many of our world leaders, I’m not entirely sure they would see people like President Donald Trump or Chinese Communist Party head Xi Jinping as our real leaders. I think the aliens would initially conclude that our leaders are actually the news media.
And in a way, they’d be right.