That’s right. I said it. Don’t vote for Donald Trump. PLEASE just don’t do it!
First, he’s a “Do as I say, not as I do” kind of guy. And is that really who you want for President?
Look at his recent comments on questioning a candidate’s faith. In response to the Pope’s questioning of Trumps faith, he responded with the following comment on 2/18/16.
“No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith.”
However, he uttered these words (in a Tweet on 2/12/16) in regards to Ted Cruz.
“How can Ted Cruz be an Evangelical Christian when he lies so much and is so dishonest?”
Did you notice the time frame? TWO DAYS APART. Wow! It’s ok for Trump to question you, but don’t question him.
Second, what about the way he treats others? This comment regarding Carly Fiorina clearly was out of line.
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president. I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
I’m no Hillary Clinton fan, but really? He actually said this? “She got schlonged” (by Obama).
Money will buy a lot of things in this world, but character is not one of them.
Based on the dictionary, Donald Trump has character, but exactly what kind of character is the bottom line.
CHARACTER: The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.
I prefer the following definition: What you do when no one is looking. Well, if you behave in this manner when the entire world is looking, I don’t want to find out what you do when no one is.
Which brings us to our third point, A campaign does not predict a President. As John Dickerson stated,
“Campaigns reward fighters. Governing requires cooperation, compromise, and negotiation. Campaigns focus on one opponent, but a president, even if he wants to go on the attack, never has just one jaw to swing at. President Obama must attack the Republican Congress—John Boehner one day, Paul Ryan the next. It was easier to slug John McCain again and again.”
Donald Trump is a fighter, hands down. But Cooperation? Compromise? Negotiation? Is his way or the highway people.
Another comment I think is interesting comes from David Axelrod. “The crucible of the campaign uncovers the hidden personal qualities that you can’t list on a résumé. It’s an MRI for the soul.”
If this campaign is an MRI for Donald Trump’s soul, I certainly don’t want that soul sitting in the Oval Office. If this campaign shows us what’s on the inside, think of what will come out in the Whitehouse or the Kremlin, or the United Nations when implications are more severe, and the stakes are astronomically higher. You can’t say “this is how I’d behave in office, even though I’m not acting this way on the campaign trail.”
While who we see on the campaign trail isn’t always who we get, it’s enough to rule one candidate out. After all, if you wouldn’t approve of the Trump speaking this way to your mother (see Fiorina quote above), then I suggest you find someone else to vote for.
For more on Presidential Character, take a peek at this telling article from John Dickerson.