Remember when Donald Trump’s campaign promised Americans that their candidate would start acting more “presidential?” No? Here’s an example.
On Sunday, a more “presidential” Trump spoke about America’s trade deficit with China:
We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country, and that’s what they’re doing,” Trump said during his second rally Sunday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, referring to China’s high number of exports relative to the U.S.
Trump also accused China of manipulating its currency thus giving its exports an unfair advantage in the global market. And he has said on more than one occasion that China is “killing” the U.S. when it comes to trade.
But Sunday was the first time Trump used the word “rape” about American’s relationship with Asia’s foremost superpower during this campaign. In 2011, while touring a defense manufacturer in New Hampshire Trump said that “China is raping this country.”
But, Trump promised to turn things around:
We’re going to turn it around. And we have the cards, don’t forget it. We’re like the piggy bank that’s being robbed. We have the cards. We have a lot of power with China,” Trump said Sunday before referring to China’s relationship with the U.S. as rape.
One could say Trump set the tone of his 2016 campaign by making reference to “rape.”
One June 15, 2015, Trump came down his golden elevators in New York’s Trump Towers to announce his candidacy for president. During the press conference Trump went on a tirade about Mexico stating:
They’re sending us not the right people,” he said, adding: “The US has become a dumping ground for everyone else’s problems.
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing their problems,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.
Trump continues to represent the worst American stereotypes that many around the world have come to believe about us over the years. Trump reaffirms those stereotypes and does so proudly.
The billionaire obviously has a very distorted idea of how much power the presidency holds. But, it’s very clear that Trump doesn’t know what the president’s powers are or even how the government works.
Trump believes that President Obama’s incompetent. He also believes he has all the right answers, despite knowing considerably less than any of the remaining candidates.
Despite his ignorance, Republicans are flocking to the megalomaniac in droves, threatening to destroy the GOP if Trump doesn’t become their nominee.
And there are some Republicans willing to let them destroy the party if it means prevent Trump from getting the nomination. There are even Republicans ready to vote for Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, should Trump become their party’s nominee.
This election represents an exciting time in American politics. In the current presidential field, we have a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, a former Secretary of State who’s being investigated by the FBI, a wildly unpopular Texas senator who once shut down the government, and a self-absorbed billionaire who accuses other countries of rape.
For better or for worse, this election could be a watermark for the future of American politics.
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