So, a wonderful friend of mine posted this meme listing off what makes someone a dictator with Donald Trump’s face on it. She then mentioned to me that it sucked to find out who supported “T-Demon,” as she has accurately dubbed him, via a comment on her post. The comment itself was exactly what you would expect, rife with grammatical and spelling errors, unsubstantiated claims (or they came from Trump…so unsubstantiated claims), and misinformation. It started by saying, sure Trump might be a narcissist, but he’s no more of one than Obama. Apparently, he doesn’t see any of Trump’s actions as cruel and Hillary is selfish and the Clinton foundation only gives 10% to charity…then we bashed immigrants and Muslims for a while….you get the picture. I was encouraged by my friend to post a response. I’ve written it…maybe later I’ll post it on the page itself, but for now, feel free to read my rant – complete with sources, unlike the comment I was responding to. It’s not as short as I meant it to be.
From the Mayo Clinic: “Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultraconfidence lies a fragile self-esteem that’s vulnerable to the slightest criticism.” This is Trump to a T, inflated sense of importance, need for admiration, lack of empathy, oh and particularly the part about fragile self-esteem. Obama is pretty damn good at taking, responding to and laughing off (when necessary) criticism that comes his way and he has certainly had to face plenty of it – particularly given the amazing amount of racism alive and well in this country. As far as I know, Obama doesn’t have to put his name in massive letters all over everything he does, but we know how much Trump likes to see his name all over everything. He is a business man who made himself a celebrity and has been in the spotlight for decades, yet he acts like a spoiled six year old anytime anyone says anything remotely “mean” about him. Yeah, real leader material there. We have seen Obama show empathy many times and he has a great grasp of it and its importance, but Trump doesn’t want to hear anything if it isn’t about him or his money. You gave a couple examples of good things you presumably know he did, and he may have actually done those things (probably for the press) or maybe he just says he did. You also claim to not see anything he has done as cruel – which may say more about you than him, I don’t know. I do know he used all sorts of wonderful ways to get an elderly widow removed from her house of 30 years so he could turn it into a limousine parking lot. Or maybe you missed when he mocked a disabled reporter, a move that wasn’t only cruel towards that man, but anyone who struggles with a disability. That’s the sign of a great leader there – oh wait, no, I was thinking of spoiled, immature bully. Yeah, what a man of the people he is! If you love money more than people – he’s your guy, but he will still probably screw you over, as shown by the myriad of people he has already done that to. These are the hardworking Americans that our politicians love to hold up as the reason America was so “great” before, yet Trump loves to not pay them for their hard work- because he can – because he doesn’t care about anyone other than Trump and his money, which allows him to break all the rules. Perhaps he thinks he’s just going to refuse to pay down the deficit and that’s how he will get rid of it – no, that’s not going to work or happen in the real world. But he has given all that money to charity right? Or at least you are implying he is far more charitable than the Clintons (who quite frankly I also think are pretty horrid). Turns out that he hasn’t given nearly the money he has claimed. In fact, I think in the end the money they thought they found he had donated was actually a different Donald Trump. The Clinton Foundation may have some questionable credibility, but from what I can tell it is no Trump University or any of the other potential fraudulent businesses Trump claims benefit charity and add to the unending number of lawsuits he is involved in. No wonder he’s too afraid to release his tax returns – as candidates always do. I’m tempted not even to get into all the immigration stuff – as you are just using the typical fear based BS that gets pulled out all the time by people who don’t do their own research. Here are some actual facts about immigrants though:
- In 2013, they added about $31.4 billion to the GDP and they typically end up paying $120,000 more in taxes than the amount of welfare/benefits they consume.
- Even unauthorized immigrants contribute over $11 billion in state and local taxes.
- Immigrants were founders of 18% of Fortune 500 companies.
- Contrary to popular (mis)belief unauthorized immigrants and immigrants on temporary visas are not eligible for most public benefits and even those that are eligible use it at a lower rate than eligible citizens born here. Low-income immigrants come here for better opportunities – they are some of the hardest working people you will meet because they truly appreciate the chance – I’ve seen this in action many times. I’d posit that they are often more motivated than their US born counterparts.
- But that doesn’t matter because the vast majority of them are criminals after all, right? Between 1990 and 2013 the estimate of illegal immigrants tripled from 3.5 to 11.2 million – so clearly the crime rate went up…except that the FBI data shows violent crime went down 48% – with robbery, rape, and murder all declining as well. Oh, property crimes also went down an impressive 41%.
- The idea that Trump can build this wall between the US and Mexico is hilarious – except people think he can do it. It won’t happen and it would be a massive waste of money (no, he can’t get Mexico to pay for it – international politics isn’t the same as board room politics). Also, the idea that he can ban immigrants who are specifically Muslim is constitutionally questionable at best, but if it happened you would have the perfect example of America once again going back on what is supposed to be good about this country. The fact that the vast majority of us come from immigrant backgrounds (however our families made it here, good or bad) is supposed to be one of our strengths.
- The idea of how easy it is to get into this country is also ridiculous – seriously, look at this flowchart. Having studied immigration law in law school and having friends who specifically practice that – there is nothing remotely easy about it. You don’t just send in an application and a few weeks later are cleared to move.
8. ISIS is a problem in a multitude of ways and while they may rarely slip through the various immigration screening processes, we should be more concerned about the way ISIS recruits people who were born and raised here. That seems to be one of their strong points and quite frankly, the rhetoric coming from Trump is likely only helping their cause.
Trump is a bully and a crybaby – it’s embarrassing to see him represent our country as an “entertainer” (if you can call his reality crap entertainment) never mind as any type of elected official. I wouldn’t want to see him voted as the town dog catcher, never mind President. Would he be a dictator? Who knows, personally, I think when he realizes that Congress and the rest of government don’t have to do exactly as he says, unlike all his business partners, lawyers, etc – who show time and again that they will just do whatever he wants to stay on the Trump gravy train – he’s either going to find a way to quit, but assuming his massive ego won’t let him – maybe the dictator thing isn’t so far fetched.