Whether he meant it or not, his words yesterday called for owners of guns to beware, that when Hillary Clinton is elected president (not before) they should literally take aim and shoot.
Do I really think Donald Trump intends to call for the assassination of the next president? No, I do not. But, that’s what he did. Words matter. And if he doesn’t know that by now – with all his misunderstooded-ness – then he never will.
And that, my friends, is what we mean by the temperament one needs to be the president of the United States – knowing that even if you “mis-speak,” your words are taken seriously whether it’s by those who support you, those with whom you do battle in an election or, if you were ever elected, those who lead other not-so-friendly countries. And you can't blame someone else, you have to take responsibility for what comes out of your mouth.
We in the U.S. have always been a bit isolated/arrogant about our place in the world. We don’t always think (or care) about how other countries perceive us. But if Donald Trump were to become president and made a similar comment about, say, Kim Jon-un, who has access to and intention to use nuclear weapons, well, blaming the “dishonest media” isn’t going to matter after a nuke hits.
And that last sentence is not sarcasm. And I do not exaggerate. For the gazillioneth time, this is not reality TV, this is reality.
As I think has been clear in previous posts about Trump (which have dominated this space the last year or so), I think he is unprepared, not of the right temperament, not serious enough, hasn't met an issue he understands, is surrounded by the wrong people, can’t stay on message for his own good, and, if he weren’t one of the only two people right now who stand a chance of being elected, I would consider a complete and utter joke of a candidate.
But, he is one of those two people. And, yesterday is another, but I’m sure not that last, example of why he shouldn’t be elected. If I had said what he said, the Secret Service and FBI would be at my door asking what the hell I meant.
Trump has been too cavalier, too uncaring, too selfish, too-wanting-to-please those who support him “even if he shoots someone on Fifth Avenue” to be even considered as a potential president of the United States. But, as I may have mentioned before, he is one of just two people who will be our next leader.
If I read this space, I’d get tired of reading about Donald Trump and the idiocy that is his campaign.
But until he is defeated, none of us should get tired of doing something about.