By Janice S. Ellis, PhD, Kansas City, MO –
Trump hurls insults instead of debating the issues with his opponents. This continually overshadows any substantive discussions about the 2016 Campaign for President of the United States of America. We have hit a historical and all time low in electoral politics. This is not the kind of history we as a nation, the leader of the free world, needs to be making. Will rational voters please stand up?
Donald Trump has managed to become the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for the President of President of the United States by spewing a litany of lies, insults and other scurrilous actions instead of substantive discussions of issues. There are many issues looming large regarding the future well-being of our country here at home and our position and role on the world stage.
Mr. Trump managed to prevail and leave in his wake sixteen rivals, most of whom had more substantive and realistic experience in governing and more rational positions about the issues we confront. Trump hurls insults instead of debating issues, and this has propelled him to victory. He has not provided any realistic policy proposals to back up any of the things that he claims he will do. Will this tactic work against Hillary Clinton in the general election?
Instead, Mr. Trump has seized on many Americans’ penchants for bigotry, fear, sexism, and racism. And don’t forget the drama, entertainment, and the “reality TV” aura that surround him and hold a great percentage of the population sway. Trump hurls insults instead of debating. It seems to be the great attraction. Do you want your president tweeting out insults?
It is akin to a feeding frenzy mentality. His voters’ blind and unquestioning support of him is reminiscent of the behavior of a cult. While reluctant to draw an analysis between Trump and the likes of a Jim Jones, David Koresh, or Hitler, it is hard to avoid. It becomes scary when you listen to his spokespersons try to explain away his statements and behavior. Rational thinking seems to be non-existent.
The fact that Trump makes contradictory statements about issues, outright lies about himself and others, makes false accusations, and blatantly disrespects almost everyone seem not to matter. Even admitting that he did and said whatever it took to be successful in winning the primary election, but would change and become more presidential during the general, doesn’t seem to faze his supporters.
Who is the real Donald Trump? Do those who are voting for him really care?
When Trump hurls insults instead of debating the issues, how can you know what he would do, and how he would do it, should he become President?
To whom will he be accountable? Other than himself.
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