With only nine days to go before the presidential election, I woke up today with every intention of writing an open letter to Trump supporters. You know, point out some of the main reasons why their man should never occupy the White House.
But then, shaking the cobwebs from my brain, reality set in. My gut told me it would only be an exercise in futility. If all the news over the last 15 months on why Donald Trump is not suited to be president hadn’t swayed them by now, what made me think I had a prayer of changing minds?
Whatever happens on November 8th, I believe our country has changed in a profoundly sad way. Yet some say Trump’s run for the presidency only showed us who we really are. They point out we are, and have always been, a divided nation along so many lines: racial, ethnic and religious. That old “melting point” myth, they say, is just that. Trump only lifted the rock and welcomed all the slumbering racists and bigots to come see the light of day.
So now we know. Nearly half of Americans would prefer as their leader the least qualified, most temperamentally unstable, presidential candidate in United States history. They know his shortcomings full well … yet don’t care. They would rather roll the dice with Trump than see the country led by the first female president who happens to have a resume making her the most experienced and qualified presidential candidate, man or women, to seek the office.
It doesn’t matter that:
- Trump is a defendant in an upcoming fraud trial (Trump University)
- Trump is a defendant in an upcoming rape case of a 13 year old
- Trump has boasted about sexually assaulting women with impunity
- Trump has refused to show his tax returns
- Trump may be in serious debt to Russian oligarchs
- Trump has zero political experience
- Trump is a failure at business
- Trump’s entire adult life has been a giant con
Oh what’s the point? I could go on and on. You know the litany.
Sorry for doing what I set out not to do. It’s just that I’m having a hard time believing this election is even close.
I know that for those regular readers of this site, I am preaching to the choir. Let’s hope we have truly not devolved into nation taken over by fear and hatred.
My belief is that on November 9th, we will have a Madam President-elect, Hillary Clinton.
But I know we will also have a wounded nation that will need a lot of TLC if it is to heal from this traumatic campaign odyssey we’ve been subjected to.
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