Why are people so hostile towards President Donald Trump? This question was asked on Quora, and here is probably the best response so far (thank you to Chris O'Leary). Please take the time to read the whole thing (a little long I know, but worth it). This is recopied from a Facebook post I saw.
From Chris O'Leary, former 10 years of Active Duty at U.S. Marine Corps (1989-2000).
I’ll take a stab at this, but before you pass my answer off as “Another Liberal Snowflake” consider that 1) I’m a right-leaning centrist who has voted Republican way more often than Democrat, and 2) if you want to call someone who spent the entire decade of his 20’s serving in the Marine Corps a snowflake, you should be ready to answer the question “What did you do with your 20’s?”
Why Liberals (And not-so liberals) are against President Trump.
A) He lies. A LOT. Politifact rates 69% of the words he speaks as “Mostly False or worse” Only 17% of the things he says get a “Mostly True” or better rating. That is an absolutely unbelievable number. How he doesn’t speak more truth by mistake is beyond me. To put it in context, Obama’s rating was 26% mostly false or worse, and I had a problem with that. Many of Trump’s former business associates report that he has always been a compulsive liar, but now he’s the President of the United States, and that’s a problem. And this is a man who expects you to believe him when he points at other people and says “They’re lying”. (Check Politifact for detailed info).
B) He’s an authoritarian populist, not a conservative. He advances regressive social policy while proposing to expand federal spending and federalist authority over states, both of which conservatives are supposed to hate.
C) He pretends at Christianity to court the Religious Right but fails to live anything resembling a Christ-Like Life.
D) His nationalist “America First” message effectively alienates us and removes us from our place as leaders in the international community.
E) His ideas on “Keeping us safe” are all thinly veiled ideas to remove our freedoms, he is, after all, an authoritarian first. They also are simply bad ideas.
F) He couldn’t pass a 3rd-grade civics exam. He doesn't know what he’s doing. He doesn't understand how international relations work, he doesn’t understand how federal state or local governments work, and every time someone tries to “Run it like a business” it’s a spectacular failure. See Colorado Springs’ recent history as an example. And that was a businessman with a MUCH better business track record than Trump. We are talking about a man who lost money owning a freaking gambling casino.
G) He’s unethical and always has been. As a businessman, he constantly left in his wake unpaid contractors and invoices, litigation, broken promises, whatever he could get away with.
H) He is damaging our relationships with our best international friends while kissing up to nations that do not have our best interests in mind. To his question “Wouldn't’ it be great to have better relations with Russia?” The answer is Yes, but RUSSIA has to be the one who earns that, who must stop doing the things that are damaging to that relationship, or we are simply weaker for it.
I) He has never seen a shortcut he didn't like, and you can’t take shortcuts in government. “Nuclear Option, Remove the Filibuster, I’ll change the Constitution by Executive Order…Don…what happens when you remove the filibuster and the other side retakes the majority in the Senate? Suddenly want that filibuster back? What happens if you manage to change the Constitution by Executive Order and an Anti-2A President wins the next election?
J) He is and always has been an unabashed racist. Yes, I’ve seen your favorite meme that claims he was never accused of racism before the Democrats…Absolutely false. See the Central Park 5, the lawsuits and fines resulting from his refusal to lease to black tenants, the 1992 lost appeal trying to overturn penalties for removing black dealers from tables, his remarks to the house native American affairs subcommittee in 1993. The man sees and treats racial groups of people as monoliths.
K) He is systematically steamrolling regulations specifically designed to keep a disaster like the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis from happening again.
L) He speaks and acts like a demagogue. He sees the Legislative and Judicial branches of government as inconveniences, blows up at criticism no matter how deserved and actively tries to countermand constitutional processes, not to mention attempts to blackmail and coerce people who are saying negative things about him
M) His choices for top positions, with the exception of Gen. Mattis, who is a gem, have been horrendous. A Secretary of Education without a resume that would get her hired as a small town grammar school principal; a Secretary of Energy who didn't know the Department of Energy was responsible for nuclear reserves; an EPA head whose biggest accomplishments to date had been suing the EPA on multiple occasions; an FCC head who while working for Verizon actively lobbied to kill net neutrality; and an Attorney General who thinks pot is “nearly as bad as heroin” and asked Congress for permission to go after legal pot businesses in states where it is legal. (There goes that great Republican States rights rally cry again, right? Crickets). Also, an Interim AG after firing his first AG who’s appointment is probably unconstitutional.
N) He denies scientific fact. Ever notice that the only people you hear denying climate change are politicians and lobbyists? 99% of actual scientists studying the issue agree that it’s real, man-made and caused by greenhouse gasses. Ever notice that every big disaster movie starts with a bunch of politicians in a room ignoring a scientist's warning?
O) He does not have the temperament to lead this nation. He is Thin Skinned, childish, and a bully, never mind misogynistic, boorish, rude, and incapable of civil discourse.
P) He still does not understand that the words he speaks, or tweets, are the official position of 1/3 of the US government, and so does not govern his words. He still thinks when he speaks it’s good ol’ Donald Trump. It’s not. It’s the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. You have probably spread a meme or two around talking about how no president’s every word has ever been dissected before…YES, THEY ALWAYS HAVE. It’s just that every other president in our lifetime has understood the importance of his words and took great care to govern his speech. Trump blurts out whatever comes to his mind then complains when people talk about what a dumb thing that was to say.
Q) He’s unqualified. If you owned a business and were looking for someone to manage it, and an unnamed resume came across your desk and you saw 6 bankruptcies, showing a man who had failed to make money running CASINOS, would you hire him? He is a very poor businessman. This is a man it has been estimated would have been worth $10 BILLION more if he’d just taken what his father had given him, invested it in Index Funds and left it alone.
R) He is President, but he refuses to take a leadership position and understand that he is everyone’s President. Conservatives complain about liberals chanting “Not my President” while Trump himself behaves as if no one matters but his supporters.
S) He’s a blatant hypocrite. He spent 8 years bitching about Obama for his family trips, or golfing, or any time he took for himself, and what does he do? He was already on his 20th golf outing in APRIL of his 1st year in office. He constantly rants about respect for the military, yet can’t be bothered to attend the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day because of a little rain. (And that excuse about Marine One not being able to fly in the rain is HILARIOUS). I could go on, but I’m risking Carpal Tunnel, and I’m not sure how much longer I’ll have health insurance.
OK, OK. Based on the most common feedback in the comments (Including the offer of a Marriage Proposal - - my wife was not amused), I’ll see what I can do about T-Z
T) He’s a misogynist. It's not really OK in this day and age to be a misogynist, but it’s not a huge deal if you’re a private citizen. It’s a pretty big deal if you hate half the people you’re elected to lead. The disdain for women seeps out of his …whatever…. and he just can’t hide it.
U) Face it. In any other election “Grab Em’ By the Pussy” would have been the end of that candidate’s chances. Back in the 90’s I used to marvel about how Teflon Bill Clinton was. I no longer do. The fact that Trump managed to slip by on that is as much a statement about how much people hate Hillary Clinton as it is about what is wrong with politics in this country right now.
V) He has one response to a differing opinion. Attack. A good leader listens to criticism, to different points of view, is capable of self-reflection, tries to guide people to his point of view, and when necessary stands his ground and defends his convictions. Any of that sound like Trump? His default is not to Lead, it is to attack. Scorched Earth. The Jim Acosta reaction is a good example. There was no defense of his convictions when Acosta was asking him repeated questions about his rhetoric on the caravan. His response was to attack Acosta.
W) He takes credit for everything positive while deflecting blame for everything negative. Look at him with the stock market. He’s been bragging about it since day one, and to give credit where credit is due, speculation on coming deregulation early in his presidency did fuel some rapid growth. But to pretend that it’s all him, that we’re not in the 9th year of the longest bull market in history and THEN, deflect credit when the standard market volatility that deregulation inevitably brings about starts to show up? Yeah. Look at yesterday. Hey! Stock Markets losing because the Democrats won! Do I need to bring out the Stock market chart for the last 10 Years again?
X) He emboldens the worst among us. Counter-protesters are slammed into by a car while countering an actual Nazi rally, and the response is there’s fault on “Both Sides” The media is at fault for a nut job sending them and Donald’s favorite targets pipe bombs. The truth is not all Republicans, not all Trump Supporters are racist, fascist lunatics. Many are just taken in by the bombastic personality and are living in an information bubble made worse by the fact that they unfollow anyone and ignore any source of information that makes them feel uncomfortable. People on the left do that too. The biggest problem the right has right now is that the worst of the Right is the loudest and the most in your face, and the actual right, especially the Freaking PRESIDENT needs to be standing up and saying No. Those are not our values.
Y) He seems to think the Constitution of The United States, the document that IS who we are, the document he took an oath to support and defend is some sort of inconvenience. He demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the Constitution, from believing he can alter the 14th amendment through executive order, to Thinking The practice clause in the first amendment somehow supersedes the establishment clause (not that he really understands either) or that the practice clause only applies to Christians. Or his attacks on freedom of expression and the press. He repeatedly makes it clear that if he’s read them, he does not understand Articles 1–3, and that’s something he really should have before he took the job, because they’re not going away.
Z) I’ll use Z for something I do blame him for, but the rest of us have to carry the blame too. Polarization. This country is more politically polarized than I can remember in my lifetime. Some of you who are a few years older than I may remember how it was in the late 60’s when construction workers in New York were being applauded for beating up hippies. I think it’s pretty close to that right now, but that was before my time. And Trump is the cause of much of the current level polarization, but also the result. It didn't’ start with Trump. We’ve been going down this road I think since the eruption of the Tea Party in the early years of the Obama Administration. I do hope the tide turns before it gets much worse because the thing that scares me more than anything is what if that keeps going the way it has been?
My default position is to care as little as possible about the U.S. presidency. I've never felt much trust in any of the presidents making any real difference. As more of an observer of Trump's presidency than a participant, I've been struck by how strongly people feel about him. A handful of my religious friends actually believe he was put in by God to save the country. On reflection, I realized these friends are all white males who tend to be fairly dynamic within their groups. Then on the other side, I come here and see strong feelings the other direction.
While the degree of emotion has run high, I honestly don't see significant difference in anything that is going on. The underlying factors affecting this issue are the same. The arguments are the same. The assumptions are the same. They are amped up but they aren't fundamentally different than other presidencies.
Overall, the tone I'm picking up on is the desperate desire for change and that's coming from both sides. We elected Obama because we wanted change but when the changes he made weren't enough we went to the other extreme and elected Trump. We want change but don't know how to get it. We want change but we're using the same worn out channels to try and create change. I think if we keep trying to get real change, we'll get it, but the way we're going about it, it won't be the change we want.
Covers just about all of what is the problem with trump. Until the Mueller investigation is complete it is only speculation trump is being run by the Russian mob. It just that if it barks like a dog, wags it's tail like a dog and comes when you it's a dog.
trump seems like a compilation of movie characters - huckster Elmer Gantry, steel ball craziness and blame gamer Commander Queeg with the evil meanness of The Captain (Strother Martin "Cool Hand Luke" ).
[thefederalist.com] - Using Politifact as your 'truth' reference is a bad idea.
As far as trampling the Constitution of The United States, state rights, individual rights, domestic and foreign policy, being a liar and a cheat - and really all the other rantings, uhhh, what's new there? He is a little more blatant about it that other Dem/Rep, but people in power want more power, that isn't a party ideology. He is just like every other politician except he doesn't put on the huckster persona.
"Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here...like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.'" - George Carlin (1937 - 200
I was reminded recently that the day he launched his campaign, he paid extras as supporters at Trump Tower. They were supposed to be paid $50 each, because he literally had no supporters. Apparently they weren't even paid for months.
Would the kind of person who would pay people to be background "supporters" at his campaign launch be above asking for campaign help from foreign governments?
On a brighter note, with both sides toeing the party line and the loss of the ability to compromise led to the election of #45. Neither party seems to particularly like him or his policies except those who follow him as if he can do no wrong.
I hope both parties will wake up and see what the populace has done by making a statement by electing him (electoral college or otherwise, he still got voted into office). I think we are sick of the way things are/were going and tried something different, I hope he doesn't screw us so much we can't recover.
I don't have enough enough time, patience, or energy to write my essay on why I'm one of the folx hostile to POTUS, though I've devoted enough blog entries to him that I could probably cut and paste an answer. Suffice to say that he's both a symptom and a result of our most troubling tendencies and the very epitome of the Ugly American.