Donald Trump is unquestionably unqualified to be president of the United States. He has no plan for the nation; he has no political experience; his insults to women, Muslims, and Hispanics are an insult to the majority of US citizens; and he does not know how to work with other people. He also has dictatorial tendencies. He is no more qualified to be president of the United States than Hugo Chavez was to be president of Venezuela, and if we elect Trump, we will start down the same road to ruin that Venezuela has been traveling first under Chavez and now under his hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro. We will start down that same road that Russia has been traveling under Trump’s buddy Putin.
A real-estate executive like Donald Trump can afford to boss people around, engage in risky ventures, and allow those ventures that fail to go into bankruptcy. The chief executive of the United States who might screw up and send the country into bankruptcy is unacceptable. The presidency of the United States is the most responsible position in the world, and we should only allow it to be occupied by a responsible person. I’ve heard people call Donald Trump many things, but I’ve never heard anyone claim that he is responsible.
Why are so many Americans backing this man despite his lack of ability? I suspect that many are hoping for a strongman who will rule by decree, much as Chavez did and Putin still does. A certain segment of Americans seems to be tired of democracy and willing to turn the running of the country over to a caudillo. They are willing to risk sending the country into financial and political ruin on the slim chance that gambling on Trump might pay off. I suspect that the people who back Trump are the same types of people who buy lottery tickets without realizing that the lottery is rigged against them. The chance that Trump could be a successful president are about as great as my chance of buying a pair of genuine Gucci shoes from an eBay seller in China.
Do you doubt that Donald Trump is campaigning as a potential strongman instead of as the potential leader of a democratic government? Listen to his praise of Vladimir Putin, “I got to know him very well, because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night.” Vladimir Putin is the pseudo dictator of Russia, and Trump admires him. Do we want a president who looks up to Vladimir Putin?
Listen to Trump’s pronouncements. About Mexican immigrants he said, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.” Rapists? Really? Do we really have tens of millions of Mexican rapists in this country?
Referring Arizona senior senator John McCain, who spent years being tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, Trump said, “I like people who weren’t captured.” His comment on Carly Fiorina, who also campaigned for the Republican nomination for president, was, “Look at that face! Would you vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” On the media, which have given him much more free press coverage than he deserves, he said, “Absolute dishonest, absolute scum. They’re totally dishonest.” Well, given the sycophantic way that much of the press has hung on Trump’s every utterance, the last remark may have some truth in it.