Do we really want Trump representing America?

Donald Trump fails to show presidential characteristics.


Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as he speaks at the 2015 FreedomFest in Las Vegas, Nevada July 11, 2015.

If you watched the Republican debate this past Thursday night, you probably weren’t surprised by some of the childish antics. This has been going on for months, and the source of all this mindless arguing is simple: Donald Trump.

For Americans angry at the government, Trump’s campaign serves as a sort of refuge. However, I feel as if the anger these people have towards the government is blinding them in regards to a simple fact: Donald Trump isn’t presidential material.

Has there ever been such an egotistical candidate? Has there ever been a candidate so flippity-floppity on issues that even his own supporters are surprised when he reveals his new stances every week? Has there ever been a candidate that mentioned his genitals on live television during a debate? Has there ever been a candidate so prone to lashing out at his competitors when he knows he’s cornered?

The answer to all of those questions is no. During this campaign, Donald Trump has turned every standard in ethical politics on its head and has still managed to win. People may be angry at the government, but Donald Trump is not the solution to this anger. He’s a hypocrite; he acts as if he’s an icon for the fight against big government and corruption, yet Trump has been a part of that all for years. He is as far away from a paycheck-to-paycheck citizen as anyone can be. Trump has been one of those members of the upper class who have preyed on members of the group for whom he is currently advocating. It’s sickening, and it’s deplorable.

Thursday night on that debate stage in Detroit, Donald Trump was exposed, yet he still believes he won the debate (as usual). Trump was caught red-handed by the moderators for lying about health care. Trump suggested it’s possible to save an extra $300 billion annually if the Medicare health program began negotiating the price of various medicinal drugs. According to a report done by in 2014, Medicare and other government programs spent a collective $297 billion on drugs over the course of a year. So essentially, Trump wants to make healthcare free; maybe he and Bernie Sanders aren’t so different after all.

Many of Trump’s supporters view him as a strong, effective leader. Although Mr. Trump is a good public speaker, his responses don’t reflect the characteristics of an effective leader. When Trump mentioned his stance for introducing torture methods like waterboarding while investigating potential terrorists, he was asked how he would get the military to cooperate with him. The military is trained to refuse to follow an illegal order under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. However, Trump replied to the moderator’s question by saying, “They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me. Believe me.” That doesn’t sound like a presidential response–it sounds like a response you’d hear from a dictator.

Donald Trump believes he'll make Speaker Ryan a pushover while in office.
Donald Trump believes he’ll make Speaker Ryan a pushover while in office.

And this wasn’t the only time Trump suggested he’d force someone or something to follow his will. Last week, Trump was asked how he would get along with the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. Trump responded by saying he and Ryan will get along, and even if they don’t, Ryan is going to pay a big price. Effective leaders don’t force their will over someone–they compromise. Thus far, Trump hasn’t shown that he’d be willing to compromise; this suggests that if Trump becomes president, America could be facing at least another four years of gridlock between government branches.

All in all, I want everyone to reconsider whether or not Donald Trump is the right candidate to represent America for the next four years. He hasn’t shown many presidential characteristics, he hasn’t shown he’s able to get along with others, and he lacks an understanding of the term “compromise.” America needs a president who will unite this great nation in order to fully harness our country’s potential for excellence in the coming years, and Donald Trump just isn’t the right candidate for that job.

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