- a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.
What did you see last night during the debate? I saw a bully who had nothing to lose, a man backed into the corner, going for broke like a wild animal with his foot caught in a steel trap. What I also saw is why some people may confuse bully with brilliant. Yes they are both B words but that is where the similarities end.
Donald Trump is not brilliant, he may be clever, but so are squirrels. Do we really want a clever squirrel that is also a bully with his finger on the nuclear bomb button? I do not understand why a segment of our population is drawn to bullies like a moth headed towards a candle. What happens to the moth when it gets to close to the flame? I am no longer surprised by anything that comes out of Trump’s mouth, honestly if he had set himself on fire last night it wouldn’t have surprised me. I have grown numb to both his words and his actions.
Trump interrupted, and hovered over Clinton last night like the junior high bullies I remember growing up. Rolling Stone magazine described Trump’s performance as “using his height and girth in a creepshow attempt to intimidate his rival”. It made me, sitting at home on my sofa eating chocolate-chip cookies with a cold glass of milk, very uncomfortable. But I thought Clinton handled it well, she didn’t flinch. She handled herself with grace and calm, the reaction I am looking for in a leader.
There is no doubt Trump is a big and powerful man who has used his lot in life to intimidate others to get what he wants. But his bluster will have no affect on Xi Jinping, the President of the People’s Republic of China. If Trump fancies himself the 1,000 pound gorilla, Xi Jinping and China are the ten thousand pound gorilla. The world, not just the U.S., the world, can’t afford to have Trump poking that gorilla with a sharp stick and then tweeting about it at 3 am. Clever isn’t going to move the ball forward with China, diplomacy will and Trump doesn’t have a diplomatic bone in his body.
I asked a friend this morning why he was STILL supporting Donald Trump after all he has heard and seen. This is what he told me;
- I will support the Republican candidate (no surprise here, #1 with a bullet for most).
- He is politically incorrect.
- He understands business.
- Washington needs to change.
For twenty years my friend and I have been on the opposite ends of the political spectrum but for twenty years we have been able to find one piece of common ground, what is best for our families. In previous elections I could have dealt with John McCain, though I was not a fan of Sarah Palin or even Mitt Romney. No, I didn’t agree with their ideology but I also didn’t think they were egotistical mad men who could drive us to the brink of World War 3 just because they got their feelings hurt.
I have offered several post about my opinion of the presidential race and Donald Trump. I have gotten very little pushback about my position. I would love to hear from anyone who is supporting Trump if there is an additional reason you would add to the list above. I don’t want to know why you AREN’T voting for Clinton, I want to know why you are voting for Trump. There is a big difference and honestly, you should know the difference by now.