For a moment I want to talk about Donald Trump beyond the usual racism, bigotry, sexism, fear-mongering and circus-like environment that constantly surrounds the orange buffoon. His entire campaign has seemed like a long, ridiculously unfunny skit from Saturday Night Live.
At times, I think his cartoonish-like presidential campaign and behavior distracts people from realizing how dangerous he truly is as a presidential candidate. By that I don’t mean that I simply disagree with his policies, which is why I don’t want him to become president — though they would be a disaster. No, when I call Trump dangerous, I’m talking about the man, himself.
The bottom line is this: Donald Trump is simply not mentally fit or qualified to be president.
1. He’s completely unstable and unpredictable: The last thing anyone should want in a leader of any kind is someone who they can’t have reasonable expectations for or rely upon as any sort of beacon of sanity. When all hell is breaking loose, a true leader is someone who everyone seeks out to guide them through the chaos. Say what you want about Hillary Clinton, President Obama, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Bill Clinton, John Kerry — they’re at least fairly predictable, collected and emotionally stable individuals. Even as much as I disliked Bush, I’ll fully admit that he did a great job in the days and weeks immediately after 9/11 uniting the country.
The last thing this country needs is a president who we never know what he’s going to say or do from day to day or even hour to hour.
2. It’s very easy to manipulate him: This sort of ties in with #1 in that he’s so arrogant and thin-skinned, anyone who wants to can goad him into making an absolute fool out of himself publicly. All anyone has to do is take a few shots at his ego (and especially his business record) and you can send him off into unhinged Twitter tirades filled with misspelled words and the vocabulary of a 9-year-old. It’s not a good thing when a 70-year-old man is so immature that the slightest bit of criticism sends him off into embarrassing hissy fits like a toddler whose parents didn’t buy them any candy at the store. This country doesn’t need a Commander-in-Chief who our adversaries can easily outsmart because they know they can lure him into some sort of conflict by simply insulting him.
It should terrify everyone reading this that someone who’s this easily manipulated and emotionally unstable is one election away from possibly having our nuclear codes.
3. He has repeatedly shown he goes after those who he feels are in his way: The truth is, Donald Trump is a bully. He likes to wield his power and money to go after those who he feels are in his way or who he simply doesn’t like. Just look at his comments concerning reports that the Russian government was behind the email hack at the DNC. Instead of showing actual concern that a foreign government might be committing espionage against an American political party hoping doing so might manipulate our election — he encouraged them to do some more.
The truth is, all he cares about is himself and his agenda. He’s proven time and time again that he’ll use any means necessary (including encouraging espionage against the United States) if he feels it will benefit him in some way. This is someone who’s targeted members of the press who’ve been critical of him; has tried to strong-arm a moderator out of a debate because he was scared to face her; and has repeatedly shown that there really isn’t a level to which he will not stoop just as long as he feels it will give him some sort of edge or weaken an opponent.
In November, we’re electing a president — not a leader for an organized crime syndicate.
4. He believes conspiracy websites are credible news sources: It’s one thing for some ordinary right-wing fanatic to think Drudge, Breitbart and InfoWars are “credible news sources” (they’re not) — it’s quite another when someone wanting to be President of the United States views these fringe, radical blogs and websites that claim the federal government is behind most of our mass shootings as “legitimate sources of information.”
5. He’s woefully and completely unqualified to be president: I say with absolute certainty that Donald Trump has no idea how many members there are in Congress nor does he understand the responsibilities and duties required of each house. I would be shocked if he even knew that the Speaker of the House is third in line for the presidency. This is someone who doesn’t know how government works, is completely clueless about foreign policy and would struggle to point out Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on a map.
This isn’t about opposing a candidate because I disagree with their policies (even though I definitely do). This is about opposing a candidate because he’s so utterly and completely unqualified for the job that his incompetence (combined with everything else on this list) makes him the most terrifyingly dangerous presidential candidate in our lifetime.
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