Donald Trump. There are so many thoughts that are conjured up when we think of him. Filthy rich. Real estate tycoon. Reality TV shows. 3 different wives. Unfortunate comb-over. (Can’t he afford a better hairstyle?)
And now, Donald Trump is running for president. In fact, he’s a considered to be a front runner for the Republican Party. Not only is his campaign a little embarrassing for our country, he would also make a really terrible president. Here’s why:
#1 He’s a Game Player.
Let’s face it—Donald Trump bores way too easily to actually be able to run a country. For a while he spends his career firing people for a living. He’s even said this, “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”
Trump isn’t interested in the taking care of the welfare of the American people, protecting the status the US has a major power among the nations of the world, or ensuring the economic stability of the country (although he might do better at this than any other aspect of government). He really just is in it for the race. I mean, if he’s not been able to stick with a wife for more than just a few years at a time (he’s on his third wife now), what makes us think that he would be interested in sticking it out as president? Obviously, Donald Trump acts as if life is a game, he’ll quit whenever it seems like he’s not winning, and he doesn’t seem to care that the stakes of the game are the actual lives of the American people.
#2 He’s Unqualified.
Of course Donald Trump has never served in any sort of government position or office. They don’t pay enough nor would they gain him enough power. Rather than actually serving the American people in a position such as mayor, or governor, or senator, Donald Trump has spent the last several years firing people on television. Maybe Trump thinks he’ll just walk onto Capitol Hill and tell everyone that they’re fired as well? Sorry, Donald. It doesn’t work that way. You actually have to understand how the US government works. Oh, and you have to try to be nice to people.
#3 He’s too Rich.
While it’s true that any person who is successful at running for president is probably pretty wealthy, there’ s no way that Donald Trump could ever identify with an average American person. Especially a poor one. In fact, Trump has a bit of a reputation for discriminating against poor people, which dates back to the 1970s when he was accused by the United States Justice Department of violating the Fair Housing Act in some of his buildings. Trump settled in 1975.
Donald Trump comes from a wealthy family, was given a private education, and received around $75 million in inheritance property and money when his father passed away. He’s owned airlines, yachts, hotels, casinos, and an almost endless list of various other buildings and businesses. Although he did declare bankruptcy for his business once back in the early 1990’s, losing his investors a ton of money in the process, Trump has never had any idea what it’s like to be even close to being an average American, much less actually having a need or worrying about health insurance. In fact, he has used the protection of bankruptcy four times total, in order to make himself even richer. Again, at the cost of his investors.
If he’s so happy to declare bankruptcy, what makes us think he won’t declare the US bankrupt as well?
#4 He Talks like a Third-Grader.
This isn’t just about his ideas. He actually speaks mono-syllabically, with the vocabulary of a 10 year old. Now, we could say that it’s just that he wants to be able to identify with the American people who are less highly educated, but so do all of the other candidates. For instance, in the August 6 Republican candidate debate, other candidates were measured at 9th grade, 8th grade, and even 5th grade levels. But Trump almost always comes in at an average level of between 3rd and 4th grades. Not only that, but two of his favorite words are one-syllable words. For instance, “I” and “we” come in as the top rated words in his vocabulary. (But we aren’t exactly surprise that one of his favorite topics of conversation is himself, now, are we?)
But how could we argue when Trump has said, “But, I’m like, a really smart person”? Oh, he’s not actually a really smart person. He’s just like one. An actual smart person could use a thesaurus.
#5 He’s a Bully (also like a Third-Grader?)
Nobody even notices anymore when Donald Trump calls someone a name. It’s nothing new. His world consists of business and personal relationships equal that of someone who has never been taught how to treat other people fairly. He spends all of his time deconstructing other people without giving any insight on how he would run the country in a better way.
In almost every interview he’s ever given, Trump has been belligerent, calling people names, making fun of networks, insulting women, and just generally throwing around his power. He’s called people a string of names including, “idiot”, “moron”, “stupid”, “loser”, “dummy”, “zero”, and even generalizing Mexican immigrants as “rapists”.
He also sued Bill Maher for calling him an orangutan. So, as it turns out, Trump can dish it out but he can’t exactly take it.
What makes us think that this won’t bleed over into foreign diplomacy if he becomes president?
#6 He’s Embarrassing America.
We have a hard enough time holding our heads high in front of the rest of the world. Americans have long been seen as boisterous, overbearing, obnoxious, loud, and ignorant. So I guess in that case, Donald Trump might represent the American people well? The problem is, America is actually made up of a large number of intelligent, respectful human beings who have a larger world view. It’s just that with Donald Trump setting the pace for this next election, the rest of the world doesn’t know this.
Paul Thomas from New Zealand said it best: “Trump personifies everything the rest of the world despises about America: casual racism, crass materialism, relentless self-aggrandizement, vulgarity on an epic scale.”
So if we want the rest of the world to continue believing these things about us, then we should go ahead and elect Donald Trump. Otherwise, things are about to get really embarrassing.
#7 He Buys People Off (and Readily Admits It).
At least he’s honest about it, though. Donald Trump has readily admitted that he has “bought” people’s favors in the past. Politicians, to be exact. Not only has he admitted to donating big money to politicians (Democrats, at that) and then calling in favors from the later, he also implied that the only reason Hilary Trump attended his wedding is because he gave to her political campaign. Obviously “The Donald” is accustomed to getting his way by flinging his money around. But can his money buy the American vote? I guess we’ll see about that.
Trump also suggests that the legal system should be available for purchase. Commenting on Mike Tyson in the 1992 rape conviction, Trump asserted that Tyson should be able to avoid serving time in prison simply by paying “millions and millions” of dollars to rape victims.
#8 He Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing.
Although he talks big, it’s all just talk. Donald Trump may have “successfully” (after four bankruptcies) run companies, he’s never run a government agency, or a non-profit, or really any kind of organization where he couldn’t buy his way into power and “prestige”. He doesn’t understand foreign policy and, as mentioned above, the people (and leaders) outside of the United States basically think he’s a joke.
How would Donald Trump be able to negotiate with Congress in order to advance the agendas of the people he represents, if he can’t even have a conversation without calling someone a name? He has no idea how to effectively treat people, negotiate, or make compromises. Maybe no one has told him that even if he does buy his way into office, the president of the United States isn’t allowed to use money to gain political results.
#9 He’s Not Clear on his Party.
Although he has been extremely supportive of Democrats who have campaigned for political office in the past, and he has threatened to run as an independent, somehow Donald Trump is now a Republican. Why? Because he’s rich, probably, and most Democrats don’t really like rich people. Oh, and because he probably knew that he couldn’t beat his old friend, Hillary Clinton, out for the Democratic nomination. But since the Republican one seemed up for grabs, why not switch parties all together?
Ultimately, although this Republican campaign has admittedly been entertaining, and Trump seems to be leading in the polls so far, can he really keep it up when he doesn’t even know himself what party he belongs to?
#10 He Has No Moral Compass.
Not that any politician is typically considered to be trustworthy or particularly “moral” in nature. But Donald Trump goes far beyond the typical politician’s list of faults. From changing political parties (and wives) like he changes his shirt, to admitting that he calls in favors after donating (bribing) to political campaigns, this is just the beginning. His businesses have taken advantage of the bankruptcy system four times while personally he was a multi-millionaire and profiting every step of the way.
His first divorce was granted on the grounds of “cruel and inhuman treatment” of Ivana. (The money she received from the divorce came with a gag order so she can’t talk about it. Convenient, huh?) He was accused of humiliation and verbal assault by her in some records. Surprised? It seems, however that “cruel and inhuman” treatment extends far beyond his own home. Trump has already made a name for himself by offending just about everyone he comes into contact with, including foreign leaders and diplomats whom he has never even met.
#11 He’s Ignorant on Foreign Affairs.
Now, we don’t expect for him to have all of the foreign people groups of the world memorized. That’s what a cabinet and advisors are for. But really, a sixth grader who is passing world history could probably name more distinctive people groups in the Middle East and Africa than Donald Trump. He doesn’t know the difference between Quds (a special-forces group) in Iran and Kurds (a non-Arabic people group) in Iraq, Turkey and other countries in the area.
Donald Trump’s ignorance on world affairs is not the only indicator that he would be a terrible president, but it’s a telling one. In a foreign policy interview, he had no idea about the leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). But instead of admitting that he has something to learn, Trump claimed that he was “unconcerned” about leaders in this region since they probably won’t be in leadership by the time he would be elected anyway. Really, Donald? Turmoil has been happening in the Middle East for thousands of years, and you think it’s just going to go away before you get into office? Think again.
Although it’s really entertaining, this whole campaign leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Eventually it has to end. Because if Donald Trump does come out on top of the presidential election, he’ll be a “winner”. And the rest of the country will lose, big time.