Who Donald Trump is

So, yeah, I don’t think he’s going to be the worst disaster of our nightmares.  But lets be clear, America just elected a truly horrible person to be president (a phrase I would honestly never use about any other Republican president in my lifetime, or even most all the nomination contenders– Cruz and Santorum get no break from me on this charge).  And, of course, a lot of that truly horribleness is about bigotry (also, he’s an incredibly small, petty man who is a demagogue, race issues aside).  Charles Blow:

It is hard to know specifically how to position yourself in a country that can elect a man with such staggering ineptitude and open animus. It makes you doubt whatever faith you had in the country itself.

Also, let me be clear: Businessman Donald Trump was a bigot. Candidate Donald Trump was a bigot. Republican nominee Donald Trump was a bigot. And I can only assume that President Donald Trump will be a bigot.

It is absolutely possible that America didn’t elect him in spite of that, but because of it. Consider that for a second. Think about what that means. This is America right now: throwing its lot in with a man who named an alt-right sympathizer as his campaign chief.

Actually, I think most Americans who supported him did so inspite of this.  But I find it truly unconscionable that so many Americans were able to say, “well, he’s a racist and a sexist, but…”  give me my tax cut, give me conservative judges, whatever.  What the hell really justifies putting a man like this in office?!  So appalling that many people justify to themselves election a racist, sexist, xenophobe, vengeance-seeking, know-nothing because Hillary Clinton was careless with her (not key state secrets) emails.  That just sucks and says some really unflattering things about who we are as a country.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Who Donald Trump is

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    Credit to Dr. Phil, the best way to predict an individual’s future behavior is to look at his past behavior.

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