I sat down to watch the debates hoping for the best, preparing for the worst, and wondering, What will Donald Trump do now? A mix of concerns swarm my mind when I picture a man like him running our country.
How will he handle meetings with leaders of other nations? Will he allow other presidents, prime ministers and heads of state to feel heard and valued? Will he even listen?
What will happen when we have a wall keeping people out of our country? Or when people of certain religions are banned from travel? How will already heightened racial tensions in our country ever be resolved?
What sort of judgement will he exercise in critical situations where a single decision could have catastrophic results? Will he think, consult others in his cabinet, consider all outcomes? Or lead with arrogance, act quickly, and use erratic judgement?
And what about women? How will we explain to young boys and girls that his way of thinking and dealing with women is. just. wrong? Sorry Ivanka, the jig is up.
Gripping my remote in one hand and a calming beverage of choice in the other I anxiously turned on the debate.
The candidates covered some predictable topics: budget, jobs, economy, international trade, tax reductions…the usual stuff. Not surprisingly it didn’t take long before Trump went off the rails and detoured just a little bit.
I think I’ll direct this next part to Donald.Yes? Is that OK? Donald. Good. I want you to be very happy. It’s very important to me. I want you to know that even though clearly important to you, some issues would not matter One. Tiny. Bit. if you were actually The President of the United States:
Whether or not anyone has called Sean Hannity. Presumably if you and Sean are so chummy, you would have his contact information and be able to clear all of this up with a quick call. (With all the other sound bites, clearing it up might be a stretch.) But IT DOESN’T MATTER what may or may not have been said over a decade ago, about a decision that already took place…if you are the one elected to handle what happens NOW.
Your club in Palm Beach. Congrats, you let people join your luxury golf club who weren’t white. I’m gonna guess they still paid the membership fee of 100k (give or take) so not altogether a civil-rights-worthy-act. No matter how much you pat yourself on the back or bask in the “great credit you’ve been given for it”, you’ve got your work cut out for you. The answer to our country’s racial inequities and tensions cannot be found in a hotel or golf club that does what it’s supposed to do--abide by the equality act, which legally requires no one be excluded based on race.
How much the Maybe-Not-Russian-hacker weighed who “hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s servers”. Seriously, They. Don’t. Exist. And if they did-their body type is irrelevant, and everyone realizes this-except you.
That you have property in Chicago. No offense Chicago; it’s just that in the grand scheme of things, owning property somewhere seems unlikely to impact the skyrocketing murder rate. But hey, reinstating a previously retired tactic deemed unconstitutional for racial profiling seems like a good start?!
How much money you say you are worth. Honestly, has a candidate’s worth ever been a factor in past elections? Does it make you more fit to lead? Less fit? What matters is how much you think it matters. It’s creepy. And if you are lying about it because of how much you think it matters…that’s just scary.
Rosie O’Donnell. Just. No. No one is thinking about this during the first Presidential Debate of 2016! Really. You are the only person in our country who would bring up Rosie O’Donnell. at. the. PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE! But since you did, how can you assume that everyone agrees with you and no one feels sorry for her? Really? In this whole country, everyone agrees with you about Rosie O’Donnell? According to psychology, this is false consensus, and it is dangerous. Especially when used by someone in a position of power to influence millions of citizens–on topics more complex than a public feud with a comedian.
Your winning temperament. The leader of a nation should have a level-headed temperament, a fair temperament, a composed temperament. But “winning”? First of all, is that even a temperament? Second, is there a competition, reality TV show, or pageant are we entering? No. Then you just keep your winning temperament for the boardroom. I’ll take sane for the White House, please!
You know what DOES matter if you plan on calling 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home anytime soon:
You think federal tax evasion is smart. You might want to ask any retiree receiving social security or Medicare how smart they think you are. While you’re at it, ask a teacher or veteran.
You interrupted Secretary Clinton 51 times. Yes, Mr. Trump, you spoke out of turn 51 times. Next time, we are giving Mr. Holt a talking stick to pass back and forth so you have a concrete reminder of when it is actually your turn to talk.
Your take on climate change. How do you feel? Is it a Hoax or not? Do let us know when you sort this out. My future grandchildren eagerly await your decision.
That clearly you are lying about your tax returns. Why? No really, just. Why?
“You take advantage of laws because you are running a company.” What will you take advantage of when you are running a country?
The housing crash was just good business. Nine million people lost their jobs. Five million people lost their homes, and $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out. Who cares, if there’s a buck to be made.
These things you said at the debate matter. In the words of someone much more prepared, even-tempered and qualified to be our next president, ”Words matter. Words matter when you run for president, and they really matter when you are president.”
Your words speak volumes, and I’ve heard enough.