Trump un­fit for pres­i­dency

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: IT IS hard to be­lieve that Don­ald Trump is still in the race for the US pres­i­dency. He seems to sur­vive each new con­tro­versy – from the lewd, vul­gar re­marks and the ac­cu­sa­tions from mul­ti­ple women, to the racist and sex­ist in­nu­en­dos.

Here we have a man who speaks loosely about be­ing at­tracted to his own daugh­ter and mi­nors. Iron­i­cally, Mr Trump is run­ning on the con­ser­va­tive ticket, yet still has such a strong fol­low­ing. Dur­ing the sec­ond pres­i­den­tial de­bate, Mr Trump stalked his op­po­nent in a threat­en­ing, dom­i­neer­ing man­ner as Clin­ton re­sponded to ques­tions. He was seem­ingly re­pulsed at the idea that a wo­man, lead­ing in the polls, could ac­tu­ally be­come pres­i­dent.

It didn’t take long for Amer­ica to de­stroy and vil­ify Bill Cosby af­ter mul­ti­ple sex­ual ac­cu­sa­tions sur­faced. Cosby, a black man, a suc­cess­ful and ac­com­plished co­me­dian, seemed to have been judged on dif­fer­ent stan­dards to Don­ald Trump, a white man firmly rooted in the Es­tab­lish­ment, a man with fi­nan­cial power and clout.

I see some of Trump’s sup­port­ers – adult women – wear­ing dis­taste­ful T-shirts ref­er­enc­ing some of Trump’s crude com­ments. What a con­trast we have in the Oba­mas, who of­ten faced racism and con­tempt, yet han­dled it with class, in­tel­lect and de­cency. “When they go low, we go high,” said Michelle Obama.

Mrs Obama pub­licly re­buked Trump’s lack of de­cency in a pow­er­ful speech at a Clin­ton cam­paign rally held re­cently in New Hamp­shire. “Let’s be clear, this is not nor­mal.”

A leader is not ex­pected to be per­fect, but should be re­spectable and be able to com­mand re­spect. Un­for­tu­nately, Mr Trump has re­peat­edly shown that he lacks morals, de­cency, ethics, judge­ment and the char­ac­ter to be ever re­spected as pres­i­dent of the USA, com­man­der-in-chief, and leader of the free world. P. CHIN chin_p@ya­

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