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Donald Trump: Is This the Most Dangerous Man In America?

Updated on April 4, 2017
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FlourishAnyway thinks it's possible Donald Trump could be the anti-Christ, or maybe a reincarnation of Hitler or Mussolini.

How Could We Let This Happen?

Donald Trump:  A crackpot goes to the White House.
Donald Trump: A crackpot goes to the White House. | Source

God Help Us All: This Is Now the Leader of the Free World

Remember when Trump signed the Republican National Committee's pledge, promising not to run as a third-party candidate? That's a contract I bet they wish they could "walk back." And now he's President. God, help us all.

When self-described billionaire Donald Trump entered the 2016 Presidential race, many people thought it was silly, another of his desperate ploys for the media limelight. He had been talking about running for President since his Oprah appearance in 1987.

Besides, in a crowded field of qualified candidates, how could voters take seriously a loud-mouthed, thin-skinned and oddly orange-tinted 70-year-old man who sports a combination comb-over/mullet and brags about grabbing women's private parts?

What were the chances? Really. The meglomaniacal Trump

  • has bankrupted his companies four times
  • has been married three times
  • has never previous held elected office (not even a city council seat) and
  • continues to routinely engage in Twitter rants unbecoming of even the meanest middle school bully.

But we knew all this, and yet here we are. People wanted change, and they have it. Now Trump, elevated as the Republican candidate and now elected President, gives life to the old adage, "Be careful what you ask for because you just might get it."

I love the poorly educated.

— Donald J. Trump

Behavioral Problems from a Young Age

Did you know? Trump was sent to military school for behavioral problems, including assaulting a teacher. Now he prefers to assault people with his words.
Did you know? Trump was sent to military school for behavioral problems, including assaulting a teacher. Now he prefers to assault people with his words. | Source

Backstory of a Bully

Donald Trump is an alleged billionaire with all the charisma of a rabid raccoon (apologies to raccoons). Born into wealth, he was sent to military school to address behavioral problems that included assaulting a teacher. (The psychologist in me would question whether that was a clear, early sign of psychopathology in him.)

During the Vietnam Era, Trump evaded the draft with a medical deferment due to heel spurs, but he's fuzzy on the details of his impairment.

His father later granted what Trump refers to as a "small" loan of $1 million. Yet, Trump has a reputation for refusing to pay small businesses and suing them for nuisance reasons. He prides himself in his brutal "slash and burn" strategy.

According to the New York Attorney General, Trump defrauded customers of his now-defunct Trump University of $40 million and was "shameless in his willingness to lie to people." What makes us think that he isn't willing to do the same thing now as the U.S. President?

The Troubles With Trump are HUUUUGE.  He hasn't been able to tame them yet.
The Troubles With Trump are HUUUUGE. He hasn't been able to tame them yet. | Source

I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m President, and you’re not.

— Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States

The HUUUUUGE Troubles with Trump

The trouble with Trump can be boiled down to five points. And each one is HUUUUUGE:

  1. self-aggrandizement (no one likes a braggart, especially if they're lying too)
  2. reckless rhetoric
  3. fear-mongering
  4. unstable temperament and
  5. fascist underpinnings.

Although I acknowledge I am not a Republican, I have voted for Republicans previously (mostly down ticket). Even as a moderate Democrat, I am saddened and aghast that Republicans have allowed this self-aggrandizing hate-monger to hijack the Party of Lincoln, the "Grand Old Party," their beloved Party of Reagan. It's like watching a slow motion suicide at the hand of a Machiavellian madman.

America is better than this. By the time the election rolled around, this wasn't an issue of Republican or Democrat. It was about saving our country from the grips of a power-obsessed, bigoted misogynist who does not have the temperament to be President.

But we elected him, regardless. President Donald Trump President will take us down a treacherous path because he cannot be controlled, enlightened or given the gift of healthy feedback. This "Law and Order" President believes rules don't apply to him.

I play to people’s fantasies. I call it truthful hyperbole.

— Donald J. Trump
Donald Trump bullied and marketed his way to the Republican nomination.
Donald Trump bullied and marketed his way to the Republican nomination. | Source

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.

— John Ruskin, English social thinker and philanthropist
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He thinks he is a sexy ol' grandpa.
He thinks he is a sexy ol' grandpa. | Source
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Tell us what you really think. | Source
Donald Trump:  Love him or hate him?
Donald Trump: Love him or hate him? | Source

Problem 1: No One Likes A Braggart (Especially If They're Lying)

 
 
 
"I went to the Wharton School of Business. I’m, like, a really smart person. It’s very possible that I could be the first presidential candidate to run and make money on it."
Trump told an audience of home builders that he knew everything he needed to know about how to build a home — as much as he does now — by age 16.
"I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created."
"I am the only one who can make America truly great again!"
"Part of beauty of me is I’m very rich."
"All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected."
"I'm a bit of a P. T. Barnum. I make stars out of everyone."
“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure. It’s not your fault.”
"When I'm attacked, in a strange way, so is New York."
"My Twitter has become so powerful that I can actually make my enemies tell the truth."
“I think I am, actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.“
"There's nobody bigger or better at the military than I am."
"We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning."
"It's very hard for them to attack me on looks because I'm so good looking."
“I think apologizing’s a great thing, but you have to be wrong. I will absolutely apologize, sometime in the hopefully distant future, if I’m ever wrong.”
“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”
"When you're a star, [women] let you do it. You can do anything. ... Grab them by the p*ssy."
“My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well documented, are various other parts of my body.”
Some of these might be funny if Trump wasn't going to be the 45th American President.

And You Call This Leadership?

Donald Trump has a pattern of reckless rhetoric, including racial and ethnic insults, misongynistic comments, and statements that can be construed as inciting violence.
Donald Trump has a pattern of reckless rhetoric, including racial and ethnic insults, misongynistic comments, and statements that can be construed as inciting violence. | Source

Problem 2: A Pattern of Reckless Rhetoric

 
 
 
"I would bring back waterboarding, and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding."
On Mexicans: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
“Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
About Mrs. Khan (the mother of a soldier killed in action): "She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say."
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn't lose voters."
“Laziness is a trait in blacks.”
"While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct."
On Megyn Kelly: "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her, wherever."
"[Sen. John McCain is] not a war hero. He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."
On Sen. Rand Paul: "I never attacked him on his looks, and believe me, there's plenty of subject matter right there."
"I think Islam hates us. There's a tremendous hatred. We have to get to the bottom of it. There is an unbelievable hatred of us."
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
"If Hillary Clinton can't satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
"Without the woman card, Hillary would not even be a viable person to even run for a city council position."
"[Sen. Ted Cruz's] father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being, you know, shot,"
"[Ivanka] does have a very nice figure ... if [she] weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."
"[President Obama] is the founder of ISIS. ... He was the founder, absolutely the founder. In fact he gets the — in sports, they have awards. He gets the Most Valuable Player award."
On women: “You have to treat ’em like shit.”
“Jeb Bush has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife.” (Bush's wife is Mexican-American.)
"You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
“Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?” (asked of a foreign policy advisor, three times)
“If she gets to pick her judges – nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”
“Happy Cinco de Mayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”
To a crowd: "If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.”
“A person who is very flat chested is very hard to be a 10.”
“[Sen. Marco Rubio] referred to my hands, if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee it."
"If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’ ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.”
"She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that's disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible."
About Carly Fiorina: "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next President? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
Some of these are mean, others creepy, many indefensible.
Trump appeals to the lowest common denominator: FEAR.  He fears anyone who seeks to be respected as equals, anyone who stands in his way.
Trump appeals to the lowest common denominator: FEAR. He fears anyone who seeks to be respected as equals, anyone who stands in his way. | Source

Demagogue

[ˈdeməˌɡäɡ]

NOUN

a political leader who seeks support by making false claims and promises and appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument

Problem 3: Trump Is a Demagogue Fueled by Fear

The Republican party was duped by a demagogue. Trump appealed to the lowest common denominator, and that was FEAR.

If it's true that people often loathe and revile what they fear, then Don the Con is frightened of a lot of people. They threaten his elite Trump Tower worldview. Examples of those he fears include:

  • Mexicans: He called them "criminals" and "rapists" and declared he'd build a wall at Mexico's expense.
  • Muslims: Equating them with terrorists, Trump declared he'd ban all Muslim travel to the United States.
  • immigrants: Trump said he'd deport a staggering 11 million undocumented illegal immigrants, along with their American-born or American-raised children.
  • women (especially the assertive ones): The breast-obsessed 70-year-old frequently critiques women's bodies and claims they throw themselves at him. He has referred to them as pigs, dogs, slobs, bimbos, lightweight, a "piece of ass" and disgusting animals. And during a deposition, when the opposing counsel requested a break to pump breast milk for her infant, the father of five allegedly went berserk and called her "disgusting." (Hey, Donald, breasts exist for the purpose of feeding babies!)
  • fellow Republicans: Trump mocked Sen. John McCain's heroism, Gov. Chris Christie's weight and Carly Fiorina's face. Calling Sen. Marco Rubio "little Marco," the phallic fixated Trump dwelled on hand and "male package" size rather than qualifications. And he dubbed Sen. Ted Cruz "Lyin' Ted," referred to him as a "p*ssy," and verbally attacked both Cruz's wife and father.
  • President Obama and Hillary Clinton: Rather than debate the Democrats on substance—and there was plenty there to debate—Trump resorted to desperate name calling and deflection tactics. What a waste of the Republican ticket and the American electoral process!

As a candidate he was filled with fear, and he inspired fear and loathing in others. The world hoped that we as a people were better than this. What a choice we made by electing him.

It is hard to get mad at Donald Trump for saying stupid things, in the same way you don't get mad at a monkey when he throws poop at you at the zoo. ... What does get me angry is the ridiculous, disingenuous defending of the poop-throwing monkey.

— John Stewart, American comedian

This Huckster Hid Tax Returns, Russian Connections and More

Is the reason this huckster would not reveal his tax returns a) he's not as rich as he claims, b) he doesn't pay taxes, c) his sources of income are dubious, or d) something even more sinister?  He's leaving us to guess.  We'll never know, will we?
Is the reason this huckster would not reveal his tax returns a) he's not as rich as he claims, b) he doesn't pay taxes, c) his sources of income are dubious, or d) something even more sinister? He's leaving us to guess. We'll never know, will we? | Source

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A Man of Unstable Temperament

Donald Trump obtained four college deferments and one medical deferment, thus keeping him from serving in Vietnam.  His memory of the heel spurs that kept him out of the war is fuzzy and conflicting.
Donald Trump obtained four college deferments and one medical deferment, thus keeping him from serving in Vietnam. His memory of the heel spurs that kept him out of the war is fuzzy and conflicting. | Source

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Problem 4: Unstable Temperament, Unfit to Be President

Donald Trump's temperament is not stable enough for the office he now occupies. The 70-year-old Trump is clearly unworthy of the most powerful position on this planet. Donald Trump is a man who displays remarkably shallow self-awareness and self-control.

A stranger to both civility and empathy, he assumes that the common rules of engagement do not apply to him. But now he is the most powerful leader in the world.

Having proven that he is not a man who can be counseled effectively, Trump believes he can shoot off at the mouth with no consequences. But words can have dire ramifications, especially once you are elected. People listen, even when you spew hate and are ill-informed.

Donald Trump has demonstrated that he cannot speak intelligently about foreign affairs, current events, or history. That's why he rambles and reverts to insults and attacks. He is without true substance, like a cheap, empty bottle that masquerades as fine wine.

If a candidate for President has no clue about the complexity of world affairs, then how can they take their rightful place in it? They simply can't. America deserved better than this. Now it's a matter of we got exactly what we asked for.

As Americans, we must all hold Trump accountable for his words and actions, and Republicans have a central role in doing so. Opportunities to call him out during the primaries, debates, and in selecting early cabinet members passed, and he was unchecked. Opportunities to bravely go against their own nominee for the good of the country have passed.

However, it's still not too late to stand on the right side of history. Forget party allegiance. This is something that must be done for the greater good of our country. Even though he is President, hold him accountable for his behavior NOW during the next four tenuous years, if he lasts that long. Communicate actively with your elected officials. Take to social media. Write letters to the White House. Become more vocal about political issues you care about. Plan for the future.

“It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”

– Donald Trump in a February 28, 2016 tweet quoting fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini

Fascism in America: Here It Is

Trump's rise to prominence includes elements of fascism:  xenophobic nationalism, scapegoating and disinformation, sexism, hate of the free press, militant defense of the predominant religion, and obsession with crime and punishment.
Trump's rise to prominence includes elements of fascism: xenophobic nationalism, scapegoating and disinformation, sexism, hate of the free press, militant defense of the predominant religion, and obsession with crime and punishment. | Source

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

— often attributed to Sinclair Lewis, American writer

Problem 5: Fascist Underpinnings

As if he didn't have enough working against him, Trump's rise to prominence includes dangerous elements of fascism, such as:

  • xenophobic nationalism
  • scapegoating and disinformation
  • ugly levels of sexism
  • hate of the free press
  • militant defense of the predominant religion, and
  • obsession with crime and punishment.

Fascism is an extreme right-wing, nationalistic and authoritarian political system. Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy, for example, were fascist regimes. In 1990, Trump's first wife reportedly told her lawyer that Trump kept a copy of Hitler's autobiography, Mein Kampf which describes his political ideology and plans for Germany.

Read about the 14 Points of Fascism and you'll recognize that the we've been headed this way for many years.

For all his faults, however, Donald Trump is a symptom of a larger problem: extremism in American politics, particularly at the national level. We need more moderates, more reaching across the aisle. Rather than

  • digging our heels in
  • demonizing the other party
  • threatening to shut down the government (or actually doing it)
  • blocking Supreme Court nominees
  • filibustering
  • or other tactics

... we must seek harder to understand. We must cooperate, negotiate, and collaborate more to achieve workable solutions. No one will be 100% happy. But that's democracy.

Can collaboration (even within the Republican party) possibly happen, given all that Trump said and did during his candidacy and transition? He must do a UUUUUGE about face, have a come-to-Jesus moment, tear up his Enemies List and get down to the business of governing for all people. Can that realistically happen?

God Help Us All

Were you responsible for his rise?  Will you go down on the right or wrong side of history?
Were you responsible for his rise? Will you go down on the right or wrong side of history? | Source

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. ... [An individual] who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

The Bottom Line: Now He Has the Nuclear Code

The Troubles with Trump can be summarized in five points, as outlined above. But since Donald likes to think and act using his gut, here's a quick gut check for you.

Ask yourself if you trust Donald Trump:

  • to have the nuclear code? (he's got it now!)
  • not to bankrupt America, as he did his companies?
  • to represent you honorably as your leader in the community of global citizens?

For all of these reasons and more, he is the Most Dangerous Man In America. And now he is our President. God help us all. God help the world.

© 2016 FlourishAnyway

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      Eleanore - You said it BEAUTIFULLY. Here's a high five from Virginia to New Jersey.

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 2 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      I may not be super religious. But, I do believe in good and evil as most human do. To deny this is to deny the very laws under which we live to protect ourselves and our families.

      Sadly, the problem comes more from people who believe themselves to be "forgotten." Just as some details of history are forgotten, they are forgotten of their own doing.

      Once you consider where they keep saying they want to take the country, "BACK," you see precisely why they feel "forgotten."

      They want a return the days when they didn't have to work for a living because they had free black slave labor. They want to have the reassurance that they never have to worry about a job, even when those jobs no longer exist.

      But perhaps, the worst part of their love of Trump is what they don't know about this man. He is pure EVIL. He espouses a kind of power he knows makes him the only source of decisions, government and law.

      How is that going to work in a democracy? In reality, the right wing fails to recognize the true purpose of government, perfect or imperfect, to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and to keep a well ordered society.

      When these "forgotten" people act as if everyone east of the Rust Belt are snobs, they prove what we all know: They don't want higher education, don't want to work to create jobs in their states and refuse to accept that for those in the Northeast, we don't go back. Only forward, onward and upward.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Enough - You make me laugh. "You people?" Sounds like the sorry state of the country under his terrible leadership is really getting to you. Although you are misguided, we still love you because you are American. Eventually you'll see that he's the "bad hombre" that he was warning others agaist..

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      Enough 5 months ago

      It's time you people accept that Trump is the president. You people really do sound like not cases. He's not going away. He's here and he's staying. We the people voted him in. Take lying corrupt Hillary and for the love of God-go away.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Jodah - We may not be able to see Putin, but we can feel his influence everywhere. Trump is a traitor who has sold his soul, and his good buddy, Putin, must have some interesting goods on him. I hope the truth comes out soon. There is nothing that unites people like a common enemy. Let us all be on the right side of history, even those who were foolhardy enough to believe Trump's promises and vote for him. We will forgive them more easily the earlier they see this narcissist demagogue for what he truly is. Truth and justice may be tarnished right now, but in the end it cannot be obliterated in the hearts of good men and women. We've come too far for this.

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      FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

      Oh, Alun, Please do not forget that more Americans voted for this man's worthy opponent than for him. Unfortunately, it is not the first time the popular vote and the electoral vote didn't agree in this country and thus ended with what I believe is a fake President. The man is wholly unfit temperamentally and intellectually. I won't rehash my arguments, but he proves me right every time he tweets something strange or we find out more about how he has cozied up to Russian oligarchs. This, I am afraid, will not end well. And we will all suffer for it.

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      John Hansen 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I was the first to comment on this article, Flourish, and had to return to re-read it and the other comments. When you wrote it he was just running for president, and surprisingly he won. I guess people will risk everything for change. Believe me, the rest of the world is very nervous with Trump in the driver's seat of the USA, but Ken is right, "It is also the devil you can't see that you need to worry about." That is what fundamentally needs to change.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 months ago from Essex, UK

      Listing the faults in the way you have listed them Flourish, it becomes all the more astonishing that anyone voted for Trump in the election. I know many only did so because they regarded Hillary as being corrupt, but even if she was, Trump has that in common with her, plus about a hundred other character defects all his own. What really astonishes me is how many who voted for him STILL defend him and support him - WHY??

      I've read Q & As, forum posts etc from some such people who fondly imagine America has 'regained' the respect of the world since Mr Trump became president. Nothing could be further from the truth (unless the world consists only of Saudi Arabia and Russia). People in most other countries, including presidents and prime ministers, are getting dizzy the number of times they've had to shake their heads in disbelief at his antics.

      He is dangerous. Undoubtedly so. If he serves 4 years he will probably greatly damage America's standing in the world and harm many of America's citizens in the process, including many of those who voted for him. More serious is the possibility he will lead America into a major war as a consequence of his ridiculous impetuosity, unpredictability and irrationality. However, I suspect impeachment may oust him before he does too much harm.

      I think every time I lose all hope or trust in America and Americans Flourish, I will come back and read your article, and the words of most of the people who have commented here. That will restore my faith that bucket loads of intelligence and morality does indeed still exist across the pond!! :)

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      Maureen, You speak the truth.

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      64maureen@comcast.net 6 months ago

      He is insane and clearly not capable to be President!

      He did not win the Popular vote and lost by 3,000,000 million votes! Thatbshould take precidence over the Electoral Vote!

      3 Million V's 590 votes is incomprehensible!

      Hillary won is more than qualified!

      Trumps is insane!

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      FlourishAnyway 6 months ago from USA

      James Moore - He is a dangerous man who isn't competent to do the job. I recently read that the ROI his businesses is actually LESS than if he had taken his father's initial $1 million "small loan" and simply invested it in the stock market (i.e., less than the Dow Jones Industrial Average performance over time). So apparently what he's telling us about his brilliance and business savvy is untrue. Huh. Who knew? We live in such tumultuous times.

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      James Moore 6 months ago

      I was just taking a break between driving rideshare trips and writing the next big thing and I see where CNN announced Michael Flynn, former National Security advisor won't honor the Senate's subpoena. You called it with this hub. Keep in mind, it's only been four months.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      Ken - Your statement "it's not the devil you can see you need to worry about." I agree with that with respect to Trump's being an idiotic dupe for Russian influences into our democratic system. He was in way over his head before he got in. Glad you recognize that.

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      Ken Burgess 7 months ago from Florida

      Hyperbolic?

      Paranoid doesn't quite fit here... overly dramatic isn't quite what I am looking for either.

      Anyways... the Oligarchy behind the curtains is something to be afraid of... the trillion dollar Corporations and Banks that pull the strings of those 30 year plus career Congressmen...

      Oh how we clamor for change... yet the McCain and Pelosi types keep getting elected over and over again.

      Trump has no power or authority... some nobody judge in Hawaii puts a halt to his Executive Order to temporarily ban travel from several destabilized nations... the Republicans in Congress blow off his demands to repeal and replace Obamacare... the media assails him every day, they don't even bother with provable facts or truth anymore... if it sounds good they will sling any old accusation at him they can think of.

      Time to wake up America... its not the devil you can see you need to worry about.

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Haider - Oh, Haider. Technically, yes, the electoral college did vote him in, yes, although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, and despite what he claims, I think Russians and the Wall Street elite are pulling his strings big time.

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      Haider 8 months ago from Melbourne

      I am confused about two things. Did the Americans vote for Trump? or Did the Wall Street bankers selected Trump as their new puppet?

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      Frances - Other countries should ban him from state visits. The man is not right in the head and will take us all down with him if we let him. We've got to figure something out. The only hope I reserve is: he is 70, eats terribly, and has terrible anger issues. Not a good mix.

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      Frances Metcalfe 8 months ago from The Limousin, France

      Another fantastic hub, Flourish. All through the race I was thinking, surely not - I mean he can't possibly have the vote of women after all those ill-advised (at best) remarks and then there are the moderate and intelligent men. How could I have been so wrong? I despaired when the result came in. Says he's like Barnum? Well it's certainly a circus now and the serious nature of politics has been completely devalued. As for picking out the news corps he allow at press conferences at the White House and banning others like the BBC, it's but one step away from dictatorship. Back in the UK, a State visit? Are we mad?? I leave it open for judgement.

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      FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

      Oh, Martie, I hope it's not a four-year endurance test. I have made a commitment to myself to write the White House a letter every week telling Trump what I think of him. It will definitely get me of a list and probably get me a visit from the Secret Service, but hey, when that happens, I'll write about it. Being a 70 year old man who doesn't exercise, doesn't sleep much and eats poorly, I hope he ... well, you know.

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      Martie Coetser 9 months ago from South Africa

      Oh dear, I am too scared to type a word. By next year this time the USA is going to be a country of another color, and I have no idea if it's going to be an appealing or repelling color.

      Every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. This is a very interesting and captivating beginning of a horror. I hope you will consider writing a middle two years from now, and an end four years from now.

      Well researched and well presented, thank you, FlourishAnyway !

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      FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

      GALoren - Amazing! You can't make people learn, huh? Thanks for commenting.

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      GALoren 10 months ago

      CNBC came out about an hour ago with a story on Trump's emails that he's been sending as President on his gmail account that are not secure. Lock him up? hmmm.

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      FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

      Shirley - You speak from the heart. Good job.

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      Shirley Smith 10 months ago

      Donald Trump is the most dangerous person in the world in 2017. He is a fat, yellow-faced, windbag, who has the highest opinion of himself and he knows nothing about politics. This pile of C%$P will get us into WW3 and we wont have to worry about planning for retirement and / or if we are to be buried in a casket - we will be cremated thanks to T-rump. This man deserves to be "terminated" or deflated somehow to get rid of him once and for all. What is the matter with Americans; don't they HATE him ??

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      FlourishAnyway 11 months ago from USA

      Sanxuary - I can't believe it either. I can only say that we are marching down a very dangerous path akin to Nazi Germany. I truly hope I am wrong. He doesn't show any evidence of being a kind, decent, honorable man. We will all eventually regret this. Thank you for your comment.

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      Sanxuary 11 months ago

      I was listening to the news talk about all the fake news that caused a person to attack a pizza place. Today the state of Texas is on alert because of fake news of an up rising or coup. They then went on to say how important it was for the media to get the facts. How can they get the facts if they are interviewing politicians. You noted a hundred facts in your article and still he got elected. A man who never spoke any truth once got elected President. Some of the same lies were created by their own fake news and they honestly fell for their own lies. A story that Obama plans a coup to remain president was created by some right wing nut and they called the National Guard to be on watch. They even believe their own lies now but that is what eventually happens to liars. its not about getting caught but everything about never telling the truth. Now we will all eventually know why Trump is the most dangerous man.

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      FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

      Genna - Thank you. We are like-minded. Hillary is the most scrutinized candidate for the Oval Office in history and I find these Wiki trickles awful convenient. I'm not proud of their content but nevertheless I'm with her. At this point there is little that could change my mind. Never Trump in a million years. He's dead to me. Let him go crawl back into the hellhole he came out of.

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      Genna East 12 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent hub! I'm only sorry it took me this long to comment.

      I'm an independent. I wasn't sure who I would vote for this election -- aside from the fact that I would never in a million years vote for an abusive, gold-plated phony and deceitful narcissist like Donald Trump. I know far too much about the man. In other words, who would I write in if I didn't vote for Hillary? This latest in a series of e-mails from Comey and the onslaught of WikiLeaks with the alleged help of Putin who wants Trump to win incensed me. Everyone knows that Julian Assange hates the former Secretary of State and wants to destroy her. Well, I don't need them to tell me how to think or what to do. Why don't they hack into Trump's e-mails? Or try to get their hands on Trump's tax returns? Afraid that voters might see or learn things that are far worse than the "smoking gun" they hoped to uncover with Clinton? They should be.

      Enough is enough. Secretary Clinton has my vote. My message to Assange: Take a hike.

      Your hub is a must-read for all voters.

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      FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

      Deborah Demander - Trump is so dangerous. I'll be so glad when it's over and he can just go crawl under a rock.

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      Deborah Demander 13 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great article. Trump reminds me of my ex-husband. He's an abusive bully who will stop at nothing to get his way.

      Thanks for writing.

      Namaste

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      LongTimeMother - Thanks for weighing in. It's always interesting to know how friends in other parts of the world think. In November, I hope he will just go away as a loser.

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      LongTimeMother 14 months ago from Australia

      Such a shame America's two major options are Clinton and Trump. If Trump was running against someone the public perceived as more honest and reliable than HC, it would be easy to defeat him. Stand him alongside someone who hasn't ever caused you to doubt them, and the choice would be easy.

      Isn't there anybody else running for President? Why don't we hear about them?

      I'm very happy not to be American. What a dreadful dilemma your country faces.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      mio cid - I would not disagree with you! He is so dangerous! Thanks for reading!

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      mio cid 14 months ago from Uruguay

      This hub is yuuuuge.Although I would argue given the fact we have the largest nuclear arsenal in the world "Little Hands" Donald is the most dangerous man in the world.

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      FlourishAnyway 14 months ago from USA

      Frank - I'm not a politically strong hubber but when it comes to Trump he makes me throw up in my mouth. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

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      Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

      Yeah Flourish, didn't take you for a politically strong hubber.. and this was indeed strong.. I'm not a Trump supporter.. nor am I a Clinton supporter.. tough being on this Republican fence.. Maybe I'll write in Stewie Griffin for president..

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Vespawoolf - He's made so made ill-informed, racist, self-serving, misogynistic and just plain mean statements but I could not find any source that captured all the nonsense in one place. It's unbelievable when you see it all displayed together. What are people thinking even considering putting him in the White House?

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Sha - Thank you for the kind comment. At first I thought he was just a joke, a puffed up, arrogant nitwit, but he's shown how dangerous he will be for America and the world. I do hope you vote. Even if the choice doesn't feel ideal, I strongly believe that we each must make our voice heard. This is particularly true for those of us who belong to groups who have discriminated against in voting in the past by being locked out of the process. There is an urgent responsibility to make sure our voices are heard. Even if you write in a candidate, I do hope you show up and stand against this tyrant.

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      Shauna L Bowling 15 months ago from Central Florida

      Excellent article, Flourish. I've not been following the news because I can't believe the asinine, unpolished remarks he makes. He certainly is no role model. At the very least he should refrain from cussing and name calling.

      Once again, America is faced with electing the lesser of two evils into office. Or simply not voting.

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      vespawoolf 15 months ago from Peru, South America

      Yes, this is a worrisome issue. Your table of Trump's comments is priceless! I didn't know a lot about his backstory so that was interesting as well. Thank you for this well-written article.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Devika - Thank you for sharing! I hope in less than 100 days he will be history! However, I have a feeling that no matter what, he won't go away quietly. The man's never done anything quietly.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      MsDora - It would be fascinating to think what people around the globe think about it. It makes me wonder if they think we've hit our collective heads by elevating him to where he is now? He's so dangerous, and the people around him (his new "handlers") should be ashamed of themselves.

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      Devika Primić 15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I Tweeted !

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      Dora Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      You state so many of my thoughts better than I could. We in the Caribbean wonder if we are watching a movie; so many aspects of Trump's new political stature seem like it is intended for entertainment.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Susan - Thank you for commenting. I recall when the candidate field was large and no one wanted to criticize him for fear that they themselves would be attacked. This is where it got us. I hope we have learned something from this and will continue to do so throughout this terrible campaign.

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      Susan M Macdonald 15 months ago from USA

      I am very disappointed in the current Republican Party, and not at all surprised that many eminent Republicans have announced they cannot, will not, support Trump. I raised some similar questions (although not half as well) in my own Hub today (https://hubpages.com/politics/Is-Trump-Fit-To-Be-P...

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Dawa - Thank you for commenting! I'm glad that you're not drinking the Kool-Aid. For all those people who think they can sit it out, they need to think again. This is a referendum on what being an American really means -- hate or not? Donald Trump is a deeply divisive and troubled public persona.

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      Dawa 15 months ago

      Comprehensive and outstanding, Flourish! Although you identify yourself as a moderate Democrat, I bet there are many Republicans who think exactly as you do. Donald Trump as President would do untold damage to our nation at home and diminish the respect other nations of the world have for the U.S. and our way of life. I wish Republicans (and others) who are supporting him would stop listening to the outrageous huckster and check the facts. Those of us who realize what a dangerous individual he is should show up in droves on election day to let him know resoundingly that we didn't swallow the Kool-Aid he was offering.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Justthemessenger - Great quote by Maya Angelou and so true. We should be very concerned. I can empathize with those who feel tricked by him early on but not with his continued defenders. Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Audrey - How did Americans let him get this far in this process? We'll be looking back at this electoral cycle for years to come, analyzing. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      What an excellent article! Well thought out and well written. I truly believe that he is the most dangerous man on the planet right now--and he has changed the way that we do politics in some terrifying ways

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      James C Moore 15 months ago from The Great Midwest

      You are on point with your hub. And, I will be sharing this. I stand by Maya Angelou' s quote "when someone shows you what they are believe them." Trump is basically broadcasting what he is and yet he was able to persuade enough people in an open election process to vote him in as the nominee of a major, nationally based political party. Now, what does that say about us as Americans?

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Cynthia - Thank you so much! I appreciate both your compliment and your sharing! Have a great week!

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      Cynthia 15 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      This is a comprehensive, scholarly assessment of the character and political potential of Donald Trump. I will be sharing this extensively. I am in awe of your beautiful writing and your journalistic savvy. -Cynthia

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      Linda Crampton 15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I agree with everything that you've said in this article, Flourish. For me, the thought of Trump as president is horrifying. I don't live in the United States, but I'm watching the political situation in your country with great concern.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      DreamerMeg - If elected, he'll definitely make an impact on the world and not for the better. We'll all suffer for it, I am afraid.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Linda - I certainly hope some other people will see it. I've been dismayed that people with credibility in the Republican party continue to defend him, although more and more people are saying "no way." I hope we give him a resounding defeat in November to send him a UUUUUGE message and hope that The Apprentice never lets him back on television. His bigotry and disgraceful behavior is just not fit for a national audience in any medium or role.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Savvy - I agree with you on not voting for Donald Trump. He's off the rails.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Jo, I think sadly you are correct. I thought he'd implode a long time ago, but he kept on sticking, like gum to the bottom of your shoe in July. Sad. I typically enjoy following national politics on television, too, but this campaign cycle is just too much for me. Thanks for commenting.

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      DreamerMeg 15 months ago from Northern Ireland

      I am just glad I am not a USA citizen.

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      Linda Lum 15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Wow. You've really summed it up well here. I wish this could be read by everyone (not just people on HP).

      This entire 2016 race has been...well, there simply are no words to describe it. If one had written a screenplay and included in the plot half of what has actually occurred in the past year no one would have bought it. Even as a comedy (tragedy?) it is far too unbelievable.

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      Yves 15 months ago

      As a Republican, I can't argue with you. Trump was most certainly not my choice in the primaries. I've been dismayed about his rise in the polls since the beginning. My quandary is that although Clinton is less of a "big-mouth" she is equally, if not more corrupt. At least, that is what her record shows, and quite clearly at that.

      However, this article is not about Clinton. It's about Trump and it is a good synopsis. I'll probably vote for Gary Johnson and William Weld. Or I will write in my vote for Ted Cruz. The Donald is ridiculous. No two ways about it.

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      Jo Miller 15 months ago from Tennessee

      I've been a political junkie since I was 18 years old. I'm 73 now, and I usually enjoy these Presidential race years, but I can hardly stand to listen to Trump anymore. It's no longer funny.

      My bet is that very few Trump supporters will read this. They may stop by to see which side you are on but lose you as soon as you criticize him--which begins in the first paragraph, I believe? It seems in this country we now live in two different universes and have stopped talking to or listening to anyone we disagree with.

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Bill - I'm with you. I just cannot believe this. I recall the 1987 Oprah interview and at the time thought, "yeah, right." He's been waiting for this a long time. He spent $1 million just to research whether he should run in 2016.

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I honestly don't know what to make of Trump. A part of me believes this is all an act for publicity, but to what end? Another part of me believes him to just be stupid, and yet another part believes he is serious and dangerous. It is the most bizarre election period I've ever seen, and hopefully that I'll ever see. Nicely done!

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      FlourishAnyway 15 months ago from USA

      Thanks, John! I was taken aback that nowhere in the media have I seen it all laid out. It's so piecemeal but when you see it in the totality I just cannot imagine how someone could continue to defend him.

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      John Hansen 15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What an amazing hub, Flourish. You covered it all. Everyone needs to read this.