Trump is a bully, not America’s saviour

This is a guest column; ‘Mihael Willman’ is the pseudonym for a concerned Canadian – JG.

by Mihael Willman

“Trump also has a rather inflated opinion of his “sex appeal,” claiming in his book that all the women who appeared on The Apprentice “flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” Can’t imagine which self-respecting woman would want to wake up next to the road-kill that masquerades as his “iconic” hairdo. From his behavior I’d say it’s his money, not his “personality” that these women are interested in.”

For proof that money doesn’t buy class, and mega-money can’t buy class or character, one need look no further than billionaire and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. While his followers seem to think that he’s the only real hope for their party, some kind of “great white hope” who will, in his own words, “make America great again,” they can’t be more wrong.

Trump is arrogant, obnoxious, pushy, uncouth, totally lacking in diplomacy and just plain good manners, in other words he is nothing more than the typical schoolyard bully. Anyone he dislikes or disagrees with, he calls names and if they dare to say something he particularly doesn’t like, he threatens to sue them or tries to get them fired. He uses the same bullying tactics people have started campaigning against in recent years. Just because the people he verbally attacks are adults doesn’t make him less of a bully. So far he has managed to insult a majority of Americans, from women, former American POWs, Mexicans, Muslims and people with physical disabilities. Not exactly the type of behavior one wants to see in the leader of a country, particularly one as powerful as the United States.

When challenged, he claims that what most normal people consider a lack of civility and just plain bad manners, is his response to the excess of political correctness facing Americans today. He has called people “clown” and “slob,” and has referred to women he didn’t like as: “bimbo,” “fat pigs,” “slobs, and disgusting animals.” Sorry, but these utterances might be appropriate in a bar, after a few too many drinks, or the gutter, certainly not for someone seeking to reside in the White House. His public feud with Rosie O’Donnell would have embarrassed children in the sand pit. Accusing Rosie O’Donnell of talking “like a truck driver,” was a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black. Unless there is one rule for Trump and another for everyone else?

He reached a particularly new low when he publicly ridiculed a reporter with a disability, by imitating him. As if to excuse his actions, he later claimed that he didn’t know that the reporter had a disability, even though he’d actually been interviewed by him several times and knew who he was. What was particularly disheartening was to hear how some in the audience responded to his cruel impersonation. And not a dent seemed to be made in his popularity among his followers.

Trump is not so much a “do as I say not as I do” person, but rather “buy my exaggerated, unrealistic promises, don’t look at my actual record.” His promises are very reminiscent of the snake-oil salesmen of old, who sold colored or flavored water as magic elixirs for all that ailed you. I can just imagine him standing in front of a caravan promising miracle cures and then slinking out of town at night with his ill-gotten gains before people discovered that the product was worthless.

From the first day, when he announced his plan to run for president, Trump has insulted just about every group of individuals, except for possibly white males. Without any evidence to support his ridiculous claims, he accused the Mexican government of sending drug dealers and rapists to America and promised to build a wall along the Mexican border which he claimed the Mexican government would pay for. When later questioned in an interview he refused to withdraw his statement, simply saying “I love the Mexican people!” Wonder just how many Hispanic voters would be willing to vote for him after this sweeping statement?

Trump clearly believes in the “big lie,” that if you repeat something often enough and loud enough people will believe you, even though there is not a shred of truth in it. Despite all the proof to the contrary, he repeatedly maintained that hundreds, possibly thousands, of Muslims in New Jersey cheered as the Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11. At one point he went so far as to say that he saw it personally. Most likely he saw the TV news broadcast from the Middle East, not New Jersey, but who cares about accuracy, right?

When a follower at an event said that Obama was a Muslim and “not even an American,” he did nothing to correct him and later said he didn’t believe he has a moral obligation to defend Obama. Maybe not, but he does have a moral obligation to correct blatent falsehoods. By not doing so he gives credence to every wacky theory or utterance his followers make. But then we all know how much effort and expense he invested in his “birther” theory, trying to prove that candidate Obama wasn’t even born in the U.S.

From his behavior and his rhetoric, it’s clear that Trump believes his supporters will stick with him no matter what he says or does. He even went so far as to claim: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” While later dismissed as said in jest, Trump isn’t exactly known for having a sense of humor. In 2013 he sued TV host Bill Maher for breach of contract, when the latter refused to pay $5 million to charity, which he joked he would do if Trump could prove that he was not the son of an orangutan.

Trump also has a rather inflated opinion of his “sex appeal,” claiming in his book that all the women who appeared on The Apprentice “flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.” Can’t imagine which self-respecting woman would want to wake up next to the road-kill that masquerades as his “iconic” hairdo. From his behavior I’d say it’s his money, not his “personality” that these women are interested in.

Furthermore, while critical of Bill Clinton’s lapse in behavior, Trump is no model of propriety himself. While still married to his first wife he had a public, extramarital affair with Marla Maples, whom he later married and then divorced. Similarly, a generous contributor to Hilary Clinton’s previous campaigns, Trump is now critical of his former friends, using less than polite language in his attacks.

Some flattering articles describe Trump as a very nice person in private, a contrast to his public persona. If it became known that another candidate behaved in his private life the way Trump behaves in public, it would be a scandal of epic proportions. Not only the other candidates, but the media, would make this an issue and question his suitability. But because it is Trump “the consumate showman” it’s somehow alright? Over the years, other presidential candidates have been attacked and pilloried in the media for considerably lesser transgressions. Maybe it’s time the remaining candidates and the media take off their gloves and start hammering away at the blatant untruths that he presents as fact.

Certainly every outrageous utterance he makes gains incredible media coverage, given his enormous wealth. Would he get the same treatment if he was just another ordinary hopeful? And should the media refuse to cover him, he can clearly buy as much publicity as he wants, though until now this has not been necessary.

Knowing how to manipulate the media may make him a celebrity, but it doesn’t qualify him for the presidency. So far, except for outrageous statements in which he promised to build a wall with Mexico, ban all Muslims from coming to America, to name just two, he has failed to present any kind of clear policy. Not only that, Trump’s political views are only consistent in being inconsistent. He can’t claim that his previous opposing views on taxation, healthcare and abortion were made in his “youthful” years, and therefore are subject to change due to maturity. Rather he seems to change his views to suit the people he is trying to appeal to, thus showing he lacks principles.

Trump, clearly, should engage his brain, what he has of it, before he engages his mouth. One can only hope that eventually he will say or do something so revolting that the more sane among his followers will finally have had enough and support another candidate.