|Donald J. Trump|
I have no clue why anyone with brain matter would support you, but you have apparently bamboozled some of the electorate into thinking you’re a serious candidate for President. For that, I congratulate you. You've managed to convince them that you seriously want to "Make America Great Again" as if it's not great now. Seems to have been pretty great to you, but I digress.
When it comes to being a Presidential candidate, you really have nothing to offer anyone. Let's be honest, as Martin O’Malley has pointed out, you are little more than an “immigrant-bashing carnival barker.”
Regarding your latest kerfuffle over the mocking of a reporter with a physical challenge. Let's be clear. We all know you did it. We aren’t stupid. We can see what you did. No one owes you an apology for anything, and, for someone so brazen and brash, an apology seems to be the last thing you would demand. You're awfully sensitive these days. That’s not, however, what I wanted to address.
I wanted to address your latest P.T. Barnum scheme (with apologies to Mr. Barnum). It seems you've proposed a plan to get CNN to pay you $5 million to appear in the next debate. You say you want to give the money to wounded warriors and veterans. That seems noble until you realize that you’re worth billions. You likely have $5 million in your couch cushions. You could easily donate that amount on your own if you wished, but you won’t.
The bottom line is that this latest bit of silliness is part of the entire shampaign you’re running. You're not really running for President because you're not serious about running. You're just a reality TV star that was, as Ann Richards once said, "born on third base and thought he hit a triple."
You're not equipped to be President because that requires you to be unselfish...at least at times -- to allow those out there to criticize when they have no idea what the job entails and to go about the business of the country putting yourself second and this country first.
You see, when you are elected President, you are elected to serve. The 43 other men who have served in the role could tell you that many times being President is not about how you’re treated by a media outlet or how people react to your showmanship. It’s about service. Part of the process requires you to put forth serious ideas into the public square and compare those ideas with others. It requires your plans to be vetted by a media protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
You may not like their questions or that the facts they find don't agree with the ones you make up in your head, but it's actually the way it happens. Part of this process requires debates so that voters can compare ideas and decide who is best to earn their vote.
So, be honest. Whether or not to attend this debate has little to do with CNN or how you're treated by the press or helping wounded warriors or veterans. It's not about putting your ideas out there to be vetted in public discussion. Nope. Come clean. It’s about the only person you see in the mirror. It’s about Donald J. Trump, a man who makes even our least humble President look like Pope Francis.
You can start to "Make America Great Again" by abandoning your run for President.