The U.S. presidential race, still in its earliest stages, has grabbed people’s attention due largely to the fact that Donald Trump is involved. And what initially seemed like a longshot at best has changed as public opinion polls show Donald Trump is now the Republican frontrunner to win the White House in 2016. Yet, would Donald Trump really make a good president? To date he has become the focal point of the presidential campaign by saying outrageous, inflammatory and derogatory things about women, minorities and immigrants. And while those sentiments may appeal to angry and disaffected voters, how would they translate if Donald Trump finds himself sitting in the Oval Office? American voters might want to give some serious consideration to that fact. And here are 10 reasons why Donald Trump would not only be a bad president, but likely the worst president ever.
10. Donald Trump Is Not Used to Listening to Anybody Else
There’s a saying that “a president is only as good as his advisors.” But who would, and could, advise Donald Trump? After all, this is the man whose catchphrase is “You’re fired!” Having run his own empire for nearly 40 years, Donald Trump is used to doing as he pleases and calling all the shots. He doesn’t listen to anyone—he’s certainly not listening to anyone on his campaign team who might be telling him to tone down his rhetoric. So how would he listen to an army of advisors who were trying to give him advice on domestic and foreign policy, the military and the economy? The answer is he wouldn’t listen to anyone and would go off making half-baked decisions.
9. He Has No Substantive Policies
To say that Donald Trump is light on policy is an understatement. Political pundits had criticized the presidential candidate for not issuing any substantive policies for his campaign. Trump noted this and decided to issue his first policy. And what was it? He proposed to build a gigantic wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants. Reading this proposal to build a giant wall along the border on legitimate news sites was like reading the satirical news put out by The Onion. Not only is a proposal to build a wall to keep out Mexicans borderline racist behavior, it is also completely impractical and would be insanely expensive. So how does Donald Trump propose to pay for this wall? He plans to bill the Mexican government for the cost. Give us a break!
On other substantive policy issues, such as healthcare, Donald Trump says he plans to scrap Obamacare and replace it with “something terrific.” Asked to elaborate he said: “It’ll be great.” Well, that seems clear—not!
8. Donald Trump Has No Interest in the Broader World
There’s no question that Donald Trump is a proud American. In fact, there are only two things Trump consistently promotes—himself and the country he lives in. However, Donald Trump has shown that he has no interest in the wider world and what goes on beyond America’s borders. And while that might be fine when you’re a billionaire businessman, it could be disastrous if he becomes president. After all, much of the president’s role involves foreign policy. From brokering peace in the Middle East to providing aid during humanitarian crises and asserting military power where needed, being president requires an understanding of foreign relations, politics and diplomacy. And Donald Trump has none of those things. Interestingly, the last president to be accused of being a disaster on foreign relations was George W. Bush.
7. He Has No Political Experience
Donald Trump has never been an elected official. He has never held elected office of any kind. He’s never had to broker political compromise, give political speeches or pour over political briefing notes. So why on earth, with no experience in politics, would people think he’d make a good president? Sure, Donald Trump is a shameless self-promoter and experienced businessman. But Washington, D.C., is not Wall Street, and getting things done in the nation’s capital takes more than a big personality and strong will. If Donald Trump is elected president, he’ll quickly have to learn how to deal with his Democratic counterparts in the House of Representatives and Senate. He’ll also have to get used to the pace and minutiae of government—where things can move extremely slow. And he’ll have to get used to giving speeches on topics he may not be interested in—like housing for the poor, education and farm subsidies. Being in office, after all, is not the same as campaigning.
6. Donald Trump Is a Terrible Financial Manager
Most presidencies live and die based on the state of the U.S. economy. And despite how he likes to portray himself, Donald Trump is a terrible financial manager. In fact, Donald Trump has filed for bankruptcy protection four times. FOUR TIMES! In true Trump fashion, the Donald has said that those bankruptcy filings were strategic business decisions that enabled him to reorganize his assets and liabilities and make more money in the long run. But even if you buy that argument (and most people don’t), then basically you’re acknowledging that Donald Trump manipulates the financial system for his own gain. Either way, do you really want someone with Donald Trump’s checkered financial record as the steward of the world’s biggest economy? And aren’t most of the Wall Street fat cats that Washington politicians routinely prosecute friends of Trump’s? Any way you look at it, giving Donald Trump the national purse strings is a bad idea.
5. He’s Morally Questionable
The U.S. president is supposed to be an upright and moral person. They are supposed to be a God-fearing Christian and a devoted family man. Whether this is actually true or not is another story. But by appearances, the president is supposed to be above reproach. Ronald Reagan failed in his first bid to become president in 1976 because American voters had a hard time accepting that Rgan was divorced and Nancy was his second wife. And we all saw what happened to Bill Clinton when he was discovered having affairs inside the White House. Yet Donald Trump’s personal life has been fodder for the New York tabloids for years. Whether having an affair with Marla Maples, fathering a child out of wedlock, or being married three times, Donald Trump’s personal life is by far the most questionable of any presidential candidate ever. And he is not religious, which is something most American voters want in their president. Trump has claimed he is a Presbyterian and that he attends Marble Collegiate Church in New York City. But after he made this assertion, the church issued a statement saying that Trump is “not an active member.”
4. Donald Trump’s Business Dealings Are Also Questionable
From gambling in Atlantic City to professional wrestling and beauty pageants, Donald Trump’s many business ventures have always been questionable—which may help to explain the four bankruptcies. There have even been accusations leveled at Donald Trump (none proven) that he has been involved with the Mafia over the years. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston and investigative journalist Wayne Barrett wrote an unauthorized 1992 biography on Donald Trump where they alleged the business magnate and his companies did business with New York and Philadelphia families linked to the Mafia. Organized crime aside, do we really want a U.S. president who has hosted not one, but two Wrestlemanias? Donald Trump has even actively participated in World Wrestling Entertainment events with owner Vince McMahon. Could anyone see Jimmy Carter doing the same?
3. Donald Trump Sues Everyone
Politics is the art of compromise. But rather than work with anyone, Donald Trump sues everyone. Over the years, Trump has been embroiled in countless lawsuits that have to do with his businesses and anyone who criticizes him. Donald Trump famously sued comedian and political commentator Bill Maher for $5 million in 2013 after Maher jokingly offered to give $5 million to a charity if Trump could produce his birth certificate and prove that his mother had not mated with an orangutan. Apparently, Donald Trump did not find this funny. Over the years, Donald Trump has literally sued anyone, or any organization, that has gotten in his way. He sued Palm Beach County for $100 million because they refused to redirect airplanes further away from one of Trump’s estates. He claimed in the lawsuit that air traffic was ruining the ambience near his home. Palm Beach County responded that to move the air traffic would require that the Palm Beach International Airport be relocated. How will this behavior translate to the White House, where the president cannot launch a lawsuit every time he doesn’t get what he wants, but has to actually negotiate with people?
2. He’s Been Here Before
What Donald Trump excels at is his own self-promotion. And throughout his career, Trump has always seen political elections as an opportunity to generate free publicity for himself and the Trump brand. In fact, Donald Trump floated the idea of running for president in 1988, 2004, and 2012. He also mused about running for Governor of New York in 2006 and 2014, and has been linked to possible runs for Mayor of New York. Yet each time, Donald Trump has used his forays into politics to boost his own brand only to decide not to run, or pull out at the last minute. Politics is supposed to be about helping people and representing taxpaying constituents. But in the case of Donald Trump, politics has always been about representing himself.
1. He’s Intolerant and Insulting
Much of what makes America great is the political progress the country has made over the last century on women’s rights, racial equality, in the lives of people with disabilities and those with sexual preferences beyond a relationship between a man and a woman. Donald Trump threatens to undue all of this with his repeated attacks on women, minorities, and illegal immigrants. And while Trump’s inflammatory comments may appeal to extreme factions of the Republican Party and the Tea Party, they do not reflect the values that America was founded on or thrived on for more than 200 years. The United States has always been a great melting pot and place where people can succeed despite their background, race or gender. Barack Obama’s election as the first black U.S. President was a defining moment for the country. Why turn everything back now by electing Donald Trump? Forward progress people…