Anyone Lesser Evil than Trump

Joelle Nelson, Staff

Donald Trump: television host, real estate developer, chairman of The Trump Organization, and the next president of the United States?

I don’t think so.

Trump has taken every opportunity in his campaign to ensure he has insulted, disrespected and disregarded America’s election process.

From questioning President Obama’s citizenship to completing the Mexican border fence (to keep immigrants out), Trump’s campaign is full of the ridiculous and unfounded.

“I would build a great wall. And nobody builds walls better than me, believe me. And I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall,” Trump said. The wall will go up and Mexico will start behaving,” he said to Fox’s political pundit Bill O’ Reilly on June 16.

Trump’s attitude towards women is also far from presidential.

He degraded Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, to NBC News: “Hillary Clinton was the worst Secretary of State in the history of the United States. There’s never been a Secretary of State so bad as Hillary. The world blew up around us. We lost everything, including all relationships. There wasn’t one good thing that came out of that administration or her being Secretary of State,” Trump ranted.

Whether or not he agrees with Clinton’s politics, there is a right way and a wrong way to address cabinet members.  Trump needs a lesson in manners.

His degrading comments to Rosie O’Donnell, an American comedian, actress, author and lesbian rights activist, are nothing short of bullying: “If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie [O’Donnell]. I mean, I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers. I’d say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.'”

As horrific as those initial insults were, Trump was just getting started. “Rosie O’Donnell’s disgusting both inside and out. You take a look at her, she’s a slob. She talks like a truck driver, she doesn’t have her facts, she’ll say anything that comes to her mind,” Trump said on Entertainment Tonight.

O’Donnell has since confessed to feeling bullied by Trump’s comments, the result of her criticizing Trump in 2006 over his decision not to fire Miss USA Tara O’Conner for underage drinking.

But while O’Donnel’s criticism was addressing social values, Trump’s was far too personal an attack, and overtly chauvinistic.

In addition to his apparent gender bias, Trump also suffers a healthy dose of delusion. He completely disregards sound evidence about climate change, declaring in a tweet, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

While worsening an already rocky relationship with a global super power, Trump somehow thinks he’s more of an expert on the subject than NASA and The Economist.

If Trump were to become the president, the progress made to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the US would no doubt be reversed.

If he isn’t willing to admit that there might be someone else that knows more than he does on a topic like climate change, how will he fair in negotiating with other world leaders?  Would he earn their respect? Not a chance.

Trump is far too arrogant. On the phone with CNN, Trump, concerning his campaign, said “This is more than me, this is a movement going on. People are tired of these incompetent politicians in Washington that can’t get anything done, they can’t make deals, they can’t do anything. They go and they–all they care about is getting elected. They don’t care about anything else, and they know I’ve built an incredible company. A lot of people, including yourself, a lot of people thought I wasn’t going to be running and I wouldn’t put in my financials. I put in my financials—they’re much better than anybody ever thought. People said, ‘Oh, well maybe he’s not as rich as everybody thinks you are.’ Well, it turned out I’m much richer.”

If politicians in Washington only think about reelections, than Trump only thinks about his money. We need a president with a little empathy.  Trump is too busy looking in the mirror and patting himself on the back to notice there are good, hard working people still struggling in this country.

Put Trump up against ANYONE else and that “anyone” will get my vote.  In whatever equation you create, Trump will always be the GREATEST of the two evils.