Now that he’s actually running for President, I feel I need to revisit that piece and my current opinion on this man.
People will point out a lot of things to like about Trump, but frankly – I see none. On his business experience, I’ll just quote myself from an old piece I wrote in 2011:
Donald Trump has an odd history as a businessman at best, ranging from numerous bankruptcies and an attempt to use the economic recession as an “Act of God” to allow himself to not repay a loan. It’s sketchy at best and extremely unethical at worst.
No, I’m not kidding; he really did try to get out of paying a loan to an international bank by suing to claim the economic recession of 2008 was an “Act of God.” He also sued in Scotland to prevent windmills from being built near his Scottish golf resort claiming the government made decisions on windmills behind closed doors to “limit his human rights.” Anyone who honestly believes these things is clearly ridiculous and I would argue unfit to run any business, let alone be President.
Also, as Michelle Malkin pointed out in 2011 – Trump has made an empire off using eminent domain in excess. He has led efforts to abuse the government’s ability to steal people’s property for better “public use” to promote and push his businesses. That’s unethical and quite frankly, the opposite of conservative.
Secondly – in the past, Donald Trump has donated excessively to Democratic politicians. Examples? Rahm Emmanuel, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Kristen Gillibrand, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy. Wait a second, let’s back up a second – that’s right – Trump donated to Hillary Clinton. How exactly is he going to be able to realistically criticize someone who he actively supported enough to give her money? Good question.
He’s also advocated for birtherism. Doubling down on it over and over and over again. Jay Caruso of Pocket Full of Liberty said it better than me on the topic:
His absurd descent into birtherism – and not just the passé, “Well, it’s possible the birth certificate is not real” type of birtherism, but the “Obama was born in Kenya/The birth certificate is a fraud/The illuminati are part of this” type – is just as credible as the belief that an alien ship landed in Roswell, NM in the 50?s.
Granted, the birther craziness was actually started by Hillary Clinton supporters, but it has been adopted by people with such personal hatred for Obama that they’d believe any accusation against him. They’ve taken it to a whole new level. For the most part, these people were marginalized within the conservative movement and the GOP. But Trump used his platform to attempt to give it legitimacy.
He’s also supported some wacky positions. Examples? How about a ridiculous 14.25% tax on overall wealth of an individual? How about a 25% tax on all Chinese imports? Both would be a huge detriment to our economy, quite frankly.
Trump has flirted with running for President before – actually taking a step in to the Reform Party nominating process during 2000 with an incredibly liberal platform. He, at one point, felt Oprah Winfrey would be the perfect running mate.
Donald Trump is a joke of a candidate and, frankly, I pray the American public sees that as well. He should not on the stage with serious candidates like Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, or Rand Paul. They deserve to be treated with more respect than that. Sadly, if the first debate were today – he meets the requirements. Heaven help us if he actually gets anywhere in the primary.
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