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I Should Not Waste Words On Donald Trump

By Connor Schultz
On October 20, 2016

Photo by: © 2016 THE RESURGENT

I should not waste words on Donald Trump.

Tens of thousands of words have been written about the Republican nominee for president. A quick Google search and hundreds of articles pop up. A quick check of social media feeds show his face, quotes and controversies splashed on your screens at all times of the day.

It is unfortunate the way this campaign has progressed. It is like watching “Remember the Titans” for the hundredth time. You know Gerry Bertier is going to get into the car wreck that ends his football career, yet you cannot keep looking away.

The 2016 presidential race is an election of unprecedented drama, ratings and gridlock, not just between elected officials, but between voters themselves.

More than 84 million people watched the first debate last month between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. It was the most watched debate in televised history. It remains to be seen whether or not this increase in viewers is tied to genuine interest in who our next president is or whether it is to watch what Donald Trump will do next.

My bet is on the latter.

Trump’s claim to fame is staying in the news, not succeeding at business. Last August, the Associated Press reported that if Trump would have invested his money in low-risk mutual funds, he would be worth more than he is today.

Trump’s steaks, airlines, casinos, vodka, mortgage company and magazine have all woefully flopped. His foundation has been ordered to cease accepting foundation money by New York State’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman.

If he has gutted businesses, short-changed small businesses that contracted with him in Atlantic City, hung workers out to dry in his own companies and his own Foundation can no longer accept money due to potential ethic violations, why would voters entrust him with the presidency?

My question to Trump supporters is not what happens when he loses and claims the election in which he failed to ever capture more than 48 percent of likely voters is “rigged,” but what happens if he wins?

Will he use his newly founded power to appoint an attorney general to prosecute Hillary Clinton, as he said in the most recent debate? Would he set a politically chilling precedent by jailing a political opponent?

How would he work with the congressmen and congresswomen within his own party who have disavowed Trump after his comments in 2005 bragging about sexually assaulting women?

Would he rip up carefully constructed NATO treaties? And how exactly would he make Mexico pay for his wall?  

Would he still cut federal income taxes for the wealthy, further growing the national deficit? Would he send our young people to wars, and if so how many wars? How many young people?

These are the questions left unanswered. “I alone can fix our problems,” is not the tone a president sets, but a dictator. Speculating to throw a political opponent in jail is not the tone a president sets either, but a dictator. This is not a third-rate NBC reality show. This is real life. This is our American future.

Donald Trump has used his voice over the course of his entire life to: humiliate women, mock a disabled reporter, claim a sitting president was not born in America, speculate he would date his daughter if she was not his daughter, propose to ban Muslims from the country, claim that Mexican immigrants are rapists, drug-smugglers and criminals, say he preferred war heroes who aren’t captured, as opposed to ones who are ... and the list, quite literally, could go on forever. What would he say if he were to be president number 45?

His vote counts as much as your vote does. On Nov. 8, use your voice.

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