Okay. It started as a joke. Donald Trump for President. It gave late night comics a lot of material. But today is Super Tuesday and Donald Trump is poised to win and may wrap up the day with an unsurmountable lead in terms of delegate support.
This is not a good thing. Not for our neighbours in the U.S. or around the world. Do you want someone that mercurial holding the keys to nuclear weapons? Someone that thin skinned? Trump is Putin with more hair. (Not better, just more.)
Donald Trump is about to become the frontrunner for the Republican party. The brand has been tarnished of late, but let’s not forget this was the party of Abraham Lincoln. And Trump seemed to accept the endorsement of David Duke of KKK fame. Later he backtracked, blaming bad headphones during the interview. The headphones seemed to work perfectly the rest of the time and for the rest of the day of interviews. Funny that.
And to everyone who says well hell, wouldn’t it be great to have a successful businessman in charge of the economy and “Making America Great Again?” Consider he’s filed for bankruptcy FOUR times. Each time, he negotiated with the banks, the same people he speaks scathingly about in public.
This is a man who lives in a tower within a stone’s throw of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and talks about building a wall (or having Mexico build one) to keep out “rapists.”
This is the guy who pretends he’s speaking for the common man and the American dream but inherited $200 Million dollars from his dad. You’d have to be a complete idiot not to be able to grow that fortune.
And he may be a joke, but Trump is no idiot. He’s actually the perfect candidate for a time when selfies and tweets and social media and reality shows take the place of thoughtful policy discussions, hard work and empathy.
So, we’d better stop laughing and understand that after today Donald Trump has a real shot at becoming the next American president. We’d better hope that Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination because I don’t think Bernie Sanders would stand a chance against Trump. I think Hillary is the only one with big enough b***s to beat him. She made a point at a rally yesterday that she’s been battered for a quarter century by the press and her “enemies” and she’s still standing. She’s not my favourite candidate. I don’t like how she enabled her husband’s infidelity or smeared his victims. I also have serious questions about Bengazi and think she is more comfortable with truthiness than truth. At the same time, what are the choices?
Well, a Superpac is about to release an anti-Trump ad campaign. This is a Republican group. They don’t like Trump and may support an independent. Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has hinted he could be convinced to run. He’s a guy who is a real business success story.
Whatever happens, it’s going to be a blood bath. It will be petty and mean-spirited and will turn more people off politics at a time when we need more engagement, not less.