- Donald Trump has never been elected to public office. That’d be okay if he was running for mayor of a city, or as a congressman or even as a United States Senator…but no matter who it is, Republican or Democrat, “on the job training” is not a good idea for President of the United States;
- his comments about a Mexican-heritage judge, which were “the textbook definition of racist” (Paul Ryan);
- the horrifying things he (indisputably) said about women: “I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful... I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything." That’s not “locker-room” talk; that really is sexual predator talk and should be disqualifying even for someone running for president of a college fraternity;
- His inability to admit when he is wrong/his oversized ego; and
- His odd -- and frightening -- fascination with authoritarianism.
So let's say -- just for the sake of argument, because I do NOT believe it – just for the sake of argument, let's say that Hillary Clinton' character is equally flawed.
- I believe Donald Trump when he says he will construct a wall on the Mexican border, and
- I believe that if Donald Trump is elected – because elections are, to a very real degree, mandates for the party of the nominee – I believe he will support the Republican party platform’s official position rejecting the premise behind the Supreme Court ruling that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Constitution, and therefore a President Trump will “urge its reversal, whether through judicial reconsideration or a constitutional amendment returning control over marriage to the states.”