We Don’t Need Donald Trump’s Protection

And we definitely shouldn’t want it, either

Make no mistake: there are so, so, so many things that make Donald Trump a totally unacceptable presidential candidate.

He is a misogynist — a creepy old man who has used his fame to forcibly touch women (or at the very least, he’s fantasized about such a scenario). He is a liar who speaks out of both sides of his mouth — sometimes in the same interview. He is erratic; he flies off the handle at the slightest provocation.

But in terms of the long-term health of the United States of America, the Constitution, et al., what sends the biggest chill down my spine is the way he depicts himself when it comes to the safety and security of Americans like you and me.

Read the two sentences that appear in the final few seconds of Donald J. Trump’s latest campaign ad:

Screen capture from Donald Trump’s ad “Dangerous”, released October 11th, 2016.
“Donald Trump will protect you. He is the only one who can.”

I am freaked. out. by this notion.

First of all, it’s RIDICULOUS. There is literally no way that a single person — let alone this doofus in a red grandpa hat — is capable of protecting me or you or anyone. Not in any meaningful way. In terms of your practical, day-to-day “protection” from crime, the person occupying the Oval Office just isn’t a part of the equation.

Secondly, though: this is SHAMEFUL. Trump isn’t just making outlandish promises: he’s preying on a fearful electorate. For every Trump voter who just doesn’t like Mexicans, I think there are a dozen voters who are straight-up scared about the future. To see a presidential nominee take advantage of those fears — telling these people that he is their only hope — is honest-to-God one of the most depressing sights I’ve seen this election season. It will stick with me long after 2016.

And my final easy-to-follow, all-caps bullet point: it’s DANGEROUS. Like, dangerous to the republic. The election is a month away and I still can’t tell whether Donald Trump is a cold, calculating sonofagun or just a moron, but in this case, it doesn’t matter. These two sentences are straight out of “Being a Third World Strongman For Dummies”. The dude is pitching himself as a would-be leader of apparently limitless power, all while seeking an office that is, by design, limited. That kind of rhetoric freaks me way out.

I know that the Republican Party has become an on-fire garbage can, and that compassionate conservatism is the thing that is on fire inside that garbage can, and that the cold, joyless void of nihilism is about to win all 538 electoral votes uncontested, but this bit is serious: Trump is describing a future that no American should be comfortable with.

“Donald Trump will protect you. He is the only one who can.” This is not a campaign promise. It’s something a low-level mafioso would lead with before flashing a pocketknife and saying, “Now pay up.”

No American should fall for a line like this — and certainly, no one should want this man’s “protection.” It’s not worth the cost.