10 Questions for Trump
by Steve Heilig, January 6, 2016
Dear Mr. Trump:
I have some questions:
1. "He wants to be famous. He wants people to talk about him. He wants people to notice him. He wants people to write about him. He wants people to ask him for autographs..." - Nora Ephron, Esquire, 1989. After the most recent Republican candidates' debate, when asked how you thought it went, you said "I had fun." Which is of course not what this whole thing is about. Have you ever wondered how you turned out so narcissistic?
2. "Heil Donald Trump - The Ultimate Savior... Make America White Again" - Daily Stormer, American's leading neo-Nazi website; Likewise, David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan thinks you are great. You haven't remarked on or rebuked these fine folks - do such endorsements bother you?
3. Lies: You have been identified as the second-worst liar in the campaign so far - after Ben Carson, who doesn't really count - by fact-checking experts Poltifact. In some polls you are seen as less trustworthy than Hillary Clinton - and she does have some "issues" there. For just one example, you said you'd watched video of people cheering after 911 - an easy thing to verify, by just producing said video. But it doesn't seem to exist. Busted. How would you act if your kids or wife were caught in outright lies?
4. "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple" - Coach Barry Switzer. You were born rich. You've declared bankruptcy four times, stiffing countless small businesses, contractors, and investors in the process, while, as you put it, "taking advantage of the laws of this country" protecting such predatory behavior. If somebody burns you, do you still trust them (as you are asking our nation to do regarding yourself)?
5. "Trump is the Democrats' Dream Candidate" - Karl Rove, *Wall Street Journal*, December 2015 (yes,* that* Karl Rove!). "Right now, (Trump) has 25 to 30 percent of the vote in polls among the roughly 25 percent of Americans who identify as Republican (thatâ€™s something like 6 to 8 percent of the electorate overall, or about the same share of people who think the Apollo moon landings were faked.)" - Polling guru Nate Silver, December 2015. You keep calling yourself a "winner" - how many other winners have such small support in reality?
6. You keep saying you will be "tough" overseas with our enemies, who do exist. But what might that mean? More invasions? You've noted that you got the Iraq thing right be opposing GW Bush's invasion there - good call, that. But why no explicit other proposals? Who you gonna bomb? And how might you respond to Air Force Colonel Morris Davis, who observed of the GOP debate: "Get to hear nine candidates who avoided military service bluster about how tough they'll be using other people's kids as fodder"?
7. You've now publicly insulted women, Latinos, veterans, Asians, the disabled, Islam, and educated people in general. And have yet to apologize for any of that (nobody is holding their breath there). Whoever becomes the GOP nominate will need to get substantially more votes from non-white voters, and women of all kind, then Mitt Romney did last time. Given that they now know you hate them, how do you plan to accomplish that?
8. During WWII, American of course "interned' many Japanese citizens. President Ronald Reagan later called this "disgraceful" and authorized payments to him, in small recompense. How might your call to ban all Muslims be different? And as more Mexicans are leaving the US these days than entering, while more Chinese and Indians are entering, legally or not, when you gonna go after them instead?
9. "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time" - author unknown, although some think it was Lincoln). Your supporters have been identified as mostly less-educated, white folks. Your vague policies won't help them, but you seem to be able to fool them. For those more educated folks who you've fooled, how might you explain that they join Nazis, Klansmen, high school dropouts, and the like in supporting you?
10. You like to gamble, I hear. Can we make a bet that if you are the Republican candidate, your loss will be the biggest landslide since, say Goldwater in 1964? And that you won't really care, or apologize, or anything like that, as.... (see #1 above). Or that you'll in fact be happy, as you never really expected to win, and perhaps, even, as conservative political commentator George Will has joined others in speculating: "If Donald Trump were a Democratic mole placed in the Republican Party to disrupt things, how would his behavior be any different? I don't think it would be." Some even say your pals the Clintons have put you up to all this. So come on, and come clean. Your "campaign" is all a vast left-wing conspiracy, right?
Thanks for your candor. You're fired.