When I think of a “profile of attributes” for a presidential candidate, and I hope most sane people will concur, I think: Intelligent, well-spoken, well-educated, constitutional scholar, diplomatic, thorough understanding of how the U.S. Government works, understands the importance and impact of foreign policies, puts country first – before politics, open-minded, calm and level-headed, has compassion for others, and will be a true President for all the people of America.
If you compare my profile to our last couple of Presidents, I believe Barrack Obama fits the profile; George W. Bush – not so much.
Starting in March, 2015, the Republicans put forth seventeen of their supposedly best and brightest candidates, the largest number of presidential candidates for any political party in American history. Lest you forget who these “best and brightest” candidates were, let me remind you: Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Donald Trump, and Scott Walker.
After twelve so-called debates full of arguments, name calling, lying, back-stabbing, and penis size discussions; followed by numerous primaries; culminating with the Republican National Convention this week; the Republicans selected the “best and brightest” of their “best and brightest” candidates for President of the United States – Donald Trump. Really?
If you compare Donald Trump to my presidential profile above, I believe he is a worse fit for President than George W. Bush was. I cannot match him to any of the attributes I listed. Truly, he is the antithesis of my presidential profile.
Let’s look at his personal attributes and character that have become obvious during the past year:
- He is “all about me” (I am Trump – hear me roar – I am rich)
- He is greedy and selfish
- He is a classic bully and blow-hard
- He is hateful and disrespectful
- He is an exploiter and manipulator
- He is an agitator
- He is thin-skinned, temperamental and revengeful
- He is a liar, will say anything and makes things up
- He considers everyone that’s not rich — a loser
- He is unstable
- He is a misogynist
- He is a pure, unadulterated racist
- He wants to be King – because he is an authoritarian and knows things
Now I don’t care if you are a Republican or Democrat, this is not the attributes and character of a potential President of the United States.
However, within the Republican base, he has picked up where Sarah Palin left off. Just say anything, no matter how delusional, demeaning, crude, wrong, or devoid of facts, and the Republican base will follow you. This week’s Republican National Convention proves this point.
Most political pundits agree his nomination acceptance speech was full of fear-mongering and painted a dark picture of America in decay, despair, and lawlessness. But he, the mighty Trump, can fix all this, because you know, he’s rich. His biggest promise is that he’s going to give the biggest tax cut in history. And when he does, just stand back and watch the jobs come pouring in. Yep, that old trickle-down theory still sells for Republicans. The “Donald” will not personally benefit from this huge tax cut, since he apparently doesn’t pay any taxes any way.
Of course, I could go on forever about Donald Trump and his shortcomings, no pun intended Donald, but I will leave that for future blogs.
I do not believe that Donald Trump is qualified to be running for President or any other public office. He is not legitimate. He just wants to put his big gold TRUMP sign on the White House.