A Thank You to Donald Trump

For the past eighteen months, I have quietly observed the primary and presidential campaigns without comment. I have seen candidates rise and fall. I have watched as the American people became dangerously acclimated to a socio-political landscape where stark racism is disguised as stereotypical “truth,” misogyny is considered mere “locker room talk,” and childish, punitive behavior is rewarded with a bid for the most esteemed office in our nation.

For the past eighteen months, I have witnessed Donald John Trump campaign for President of the United States of America.

“It is a time when one’s spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.” — Mark Twain

Perhaps not quite as morose as Mr. Twain describes, but prior to this election the issues of race, inequality, and social division laid under a gilded veil of societal decorum. Without Donald Trump’s pernicious rhetoric, these social problems may well have continued to fester unaddressed. It is frightening that despite all the progressive accomplishments our country claims to have achieved post-Civil Rights era, a willful hatred still resides in so many. Whatever facade of racial civility that had previously masked the social forum has been evicted for a supposed “freedom of speech.” Hate speech, in many cases, is not free speech.

America is a nation of immigrants; our principles and success are driven by diversity not weakened by it. It is astonishing that someone who would broad-brush an entire people as rapists and murderers would even be considered for president. Xenophobic attitudes are a detriment to the standing of our country in the eyes of the world and anyone who is an ardent supporter of such intolerance should be the one to have a background search conducted upon.

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” — Abraham Lincoln

Donald Trump is not a “straight shooter.” He shoots himself straight in the foot, yes. But by no means is Donald Trump a voice for the people. That would be placing far too much discredit on American society.

It is a wishful thinking that a man who has publicly prided himself on abusing the tax system would reform it for the betterment of working class citizens. It is delusion to believe that a man who takes racial stereotypes as reality could ever be a unifier. It is stupidity to expect Donald Trump to be a capable leader.

One does not become “presidential.” No Donnie. One earns h̶i̶s̶ her presidential status through the merit of hard work, experienced leadership, and responsible conduct.

“Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.” — Joseph Conrad

If I were to walk in for a job interview and you, my potential employer, overheard me making a remark about “grabbing a woman’s genitalia,” would you still give me the job?

I’m Donald. You’re America. The job is leading the free world.

Understand that Trump’s words can’t just be labeled as banter; what he was joking about was sexual assault. Let me be clear one more time: the Republican Party’s presidential nominee openly talked about sexually assaulting a woman.

And what was his response?

Mr. Roboto

That was not an apology. That was a sullen and rehearsed PR move.

Trump’s said that “these words don’t reflect who I am,” and added “let’s be honest, we’re living in the real world [and] this is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today.”

Well Donald, yes this is the real world. And in the real world, a person is judged not only by their words but by their actions. Both of which would paint a less than favorable portrait of the person you are.

However, what Trump also means is that to him a woman in danger of being sexually assaulted is not a real world issue. 1 in 5 women will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives but to Donald J. Trump, that’s just “a distraction from the important issues.” Is this the man we want representing our country, our wives, our daughters?

It simply shocks me that we have not disqualified Trump solely on the basis of his actions, but it further perplexes me that he continues to campaign largely unpunished.

What kind of message does it send to our children and the world when we allow blatant misogyny to run unfettered in a political campaign for the most important job in our country?

For all the dialogue regarding gender equality, breaking the glass ceiling, and equal opportunities, our actions have not yet reflected that desire for true reform. Almost everyone knows the age-old adage, “Actions speak louder than words.” If we do not even have the courage to bar a chauvinist from campaigning, then we may as well not speak at all.

“Be a kind person today, tomorrow, and everyday.” — Mama Nguyen

Why would I thank Donald Trump? I thank him because he has shown the country that issues that plagued us over fifty years ago are still very much alive today. I thank him because he has knocked aside any rose-tinted perspective society possesses regarding these issues. I thank him for revealing the problems with our country that we need to resolve, starting with his own hateful ideologies.

Donald Trump has shown himself to be a demagogue who preys on fear and incites hate with belligerent hyperbole. There is no morality behind his spiteful harangues. If I were Donnie, I would first concern myself with the smallness of my character than the size of my hands. I urge you to reconsider your vote for Trump; it would be a “yuge” mistake.