Unless you’ve been in a coma or living under a rock for the last few months, you’re probably fairly well aware that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been a dominant figure in the news. I would say that in all my years following politics, I’ve never seen anything like it. His absurdity has often turned the 2016 Republican presidential primary into “political reality TV.” The Trump campaign has been, by far, one of the most outlandish spectacles we’ve ever witnessed in politics.
As November inches closer and closer, I can’t help but feel that, while Trump is getting most of his attention for the litany of asinine things he says and does, there’s one huge issue that often gets overlooked in the hours upon hours of cable news coverage he gets: The fact that he doesn’t know what the hell he’s doing.
For a moment, let’s put aside his bigoted, sexist and seemingly endless list of disgusting things he’s done during his campaign. Those have all been well documented for months. Instead, let’s just focus on the scary reality that we’re facing: someone who has absolutely no idea how to be president… is very likely going to be one of the main two choices to become our next president.
Not only is basically everything Trump says a lie – even most of his go-to talking points – but he’s utterly clueless about how our government works. I would honestly be shocked if he knows how a bill is passed or how the House and Senate function. And that’s not even getting into how he has no idea how to deal with terrorism, international issues and basically everything else it takes to actually be president.
This is someone who’s built a large part of his campaign around the idea that he’s going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants and somehow force Mexico to build some giant wall that, once you actually get past the sensationalized rhetoric, is not only impractical as hell – but it’s essentially impossible to build.
To say nothing about how many of his economic proposals dealing with trade would cause many goods we buy in this country to skyrocket, which would kill consumer spending and likely send the nation into a deep recession.
Then there’s his rhetoric on terrorism which essentially consists of a bunch of talking points that seem as if they were taken from the comments section of a right-wing blog left there by someone who has absolutely no clue what the hell they’re talking about.
There’s a reason why Donald Trump didn’t want anymore Republican presidential debates – because he knows he can’t defend his policy stances.
It pains me to say it, but Ted Cruz is right when he says Trump benefited from a large group of candidates during the earlier debates. He didn’t have to talk a great deal, the attention was spread pretty thin and there wasn’t really time to dig very deep into a lot of the topics being discussed. But if you put him on a stage with just two other candidates, then there’s actually time to dissect and debunk just how ridiculous many of Trump’s talking points are.
The bottom line is: Donald Trump has no idea how to be president.
Sure, it’s always popular to say we want a “political outsider” because we’re all sick and tired of “business as usual” in Washington. But there’s a difference between an “outsider” who may buck the usual political trends (someone like Bernie Sanders) and someone from the outside who has no idea how to lead a country.
Being president is not like building some gaudy hotel, starring in a reality TV show or selling some product you’re trying to dupe people into buying. Leading the United States isn’t anything like running a business. It’s an extremely complex, in-depth position that requires someone who actually has a solid grasp of how the government works, history and understanding the complexities that go along with being the leader of the free world.
Just look at the recent foreign policy speech Trump gave that was soundly criticized and mocked by basically everyone who knows anything about foreign affairs and international issues.
Donald Trump becoming our next president would be an absolute disaster for many reasons. Mostly because, when you get to the heart of it, he has no idea what the hell he’s doing and would do so much damage to this country that we may never be able to fully recover.
So, while I appreciate that so much attention has been given to the vile nature of the sexism, bigotry and overall hateful ignorance that comprises so much of the Trump campaign, I think it’s time we focus more of our attention on the fact that, if elected, Donald Trump would be in charge of the most powerful nation on Earth – but he’d be the most unqualified and unfit president in our nation’s history.
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