Column: Defining the real Donald Trump
A few evenings ago, I was thumbing through my dictionary waiting for relief from the heat of the day. When I got to the pages with words beginning with “ir,” I found half a dozen adjectives which conjured up visions of Donald Trump. Coincidentally, I have since read an article in which some equally applicable adjectives beginning with “il” and “in” were listed. Here are all nine.
Irrational — without or deprived of sound judgment.
Irresponsible — lacking a sense of responsibility, reckless.
Ill-informed — lacking knowledge of facts and circumstances. It is no secret that Trump is prone to shoot from the hip, making reckless comments without regard for the facts and without considering the consequences. He will frequently distort the facts, or simply make up his own facts, to serve his purpose. Then due to his spouting off without thinking things through, he has to come back with damage control, blaming others for misunderstanding what he has said. Donald Trump has not learned to engage his brain before putting his mouth in gear.
Irascible — marked by a hot temper and easily provoked.
Irritable — readily or easily provoked or outraged. When anyone disagrees with or questioned one of Trump’s outrageous statements, he flies off the handle with unfounded accusations and character attacks.
Irrepressible — impossible to control.
Intemperate — immoderate, unrestrained. Since no one has yet proven able to moderate his intemperate behavior, is there any reason to think anyone will be able to change that behavior in the future?
Irreconcilable — incapable of compromise.
Intolerant — not allowing opinions different from one’s own. With Donald Trump it is either his way or the highway. His favorite expression is “You’re fired.”
Donald Trump appeals to the worst instincts of our society — racism, prejudice, selfishness, bigotry and bullying. His comments encourage attitudes of white supremacy, religious prejudice and disdain for immigrants, and threaten the progress our country has made in overcoming these flaws in our society. (Many teachers have commented on a reversal of the progress they had made in their efforts to diminish student bullying, as students see Trump on television and emulate his behavior.)
Are these the characteristics we want in the next president of the United States? What does that portend for the future of our country and our society? Personal freedoms would be at risk from profiling, prejudice, bigotry and threats of deportation. What would happen to our reputation with the rest of the world?
Having Trump in the White House would be akin to Vladimir Putin (for whom he has expressed admiration) in the Kremlin. His unpredictable actions would make our already-tense international relations become a nightmare.
Finally, consider the morality of Trump’s business practices, which he is so fond of touting. He has made billions of dollars off ventures that have gone bankrupt, resulting in enormous losses for the investors who were induced to put money into them. He also made millions more from now-defunct Trump University, whose primary purpose was to con students out of multiple thousands of dollars for a deficient curriculum that was being sold to them as the key to a successful career in real estate.
According to a recent article in USA Today, “Donald Trump and his businesses have been involved in at least 3,500 lawsuits in federal and state courts during the last three decades. The lawsuits involve personal defamation claims, battles with patrons of his casinos over their unpaid debts, claims that Trump did not pay contractors and failed condo projects.”
Do we want someone of this caliber to be the next president of the United States? Is this the image of our society we want to hold up to the rest of the world? Can the Donald change his ways? Can the leopard change his spots?
Now I would like to enter a clarification of my previous column which was in the June 2 Post Independent. The first sentence of my column, as it appeared in that paper, read “Early last month I was startled by a column headline I could not believe: ‘We shouldn’t eliminate income inequality.’” In the print edition, that headline actually read “We shouldn’t eliminate income inequity.” Income inequity (meaning unfairness, injustice), which is much too prevalent in our current economy, should very definitely be eliminated. There is nothing wrong with income inequality unless it is extreme enough to become income inequity, which it has done over the last couple decades.
Hal Sundin’s As I See It column appears on the first Thursday of each month.
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