Let’s pretend for a few minutes that Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States. Actually think about that as if it were real. It is important to embrace the image of him using the “skills” he has been displaying as a shock campaigner and translate that into actual presidential challenges.
Scary, isn’t it? In fact, I believe the two scariest words in America right now happen to be: “President Trump.”
In the classic children’s book by Judith Viorst, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” whatever could go wrong for young Alexander, did. I imagine America having lots of days like Alexander did if we were cursed with a President like Trump would be. I also hope the Donald reads my column this week, which is why I am using a children’s book analogy. I know how to write to my audience after all.
At the beginning of his bad day, Alexander wakes up with chewing gum in his hair. I was overwhelmed with possible hair jokes here so insert your own. But, Pretend Trump is the president this week at the start of the day when the news crew in Roanoke, Virginia was gunned down. What would he do or say? Some Republicans have complained about President Obama’s comments about the incident, but Obama has proven to be expertly comforting for the nation in such circumstances during his time in office. Trump is incapable of “comforting” anything, anywhere, anytime.
Later in the morning at school, Alexander’s teacher doesn’t like the artwork he turns in as the picture of the invisible castle. What an awesome idea to turn in a blank piece of paper and name it a picture of something invisible. This little stunt distinctly reminds me of the financial page with the estimated costs of Trump’s immigration policy. This page also is blank, and instead of the invisible castle, it’s an invisible, gigantic, and wildly expensive wall. Based on the rate that I paid for my new privacy fence last year, a similar wood fence the length of the Mexican border would cost approximately $2 billion. Of course, my fence features two gates, which drove the price up significantly and gates have no place in Trump’s idiot plan.
After school at the shoe store, the store is out of the blue sneakers with red stripes that Alexander wanted so his mom buys him the terrible white ones. This is a little complex for the Donald, but sounds a little like his transportation/infrastructure plan. He has complained about our nation’s roads and bridges. And that’s it. That’s his plan. So America, we get to be Mom to Trump’s Alexander on this one. After all, our shoe choices apparently will matter when we no longer can drive on our roads.
Lima beans for dinner after the day Alexander has had? Of course. On this one, I actually have a little personal experience. In our house, my mom did not take complaints about the menu. Ever. Oh, and if any one of her sons even thought about the awful other things Trump has said about women, I would not be here today to write this. America is disgusted by the types of sexist things he has said, at least a giant majority of America is.
Which leads me to my point today: Donald Trump is a despicable person and those who support him as a candidate for president should be ashamed of themselves. Never in modern presidential politics has a candidate more unfit to serve been more obviously so.
I have often advocated for policies that will drive up voter turnout numbers. Almost every time I have, I have had Republican friends send me private messages claiming that too many people in America aren’t qualified to vote. Now their own party has come up with a candidate of their own to prove that ludicrous point. That’s how bad he is. Although I haven’t heard from these friends on this one yet.
Trump’s run at the top of the polls on the Republican side isn’t funny any more. He is hateful. He is a racist. He is a sexist. He is a liar. And these things confirm the real disqualifier: he is an idiot.
His time in politics has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for America. The possibility of a “President Trump” is simply so scary that it needs put to rest for good. According to Tom Wartenberg, children’s philosophy author and professor, the lesson in the children’s book is that by thinking more critically about everyday issues like whether or not to punch your brother for calling you a name, we can help teach children to become morally ethical and responsible social citizens of the world.
Now, if we could only get the Donald to read this important children’s book.