Those are the words used by The Arizona Republic in discussing their reason for endorsing Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump last week. “A clear and present danger.” Let those words sink in for a moment. The Arizona Republic did not just say Trump was unqualified. They went way beyond that. In their first ever endorsement of a Democrat the paper called the Republican candidate for president a “danger.”
“Trump is a clear and present danger to our country,” the paper wrote. “He has no history of governance that should engender any confidence from voters. Trump has no foreign policy experience, and the fact that he doesn’t recognize it – instead insisting that, ‘I know more about ISIS than the generals do’ – is even more troubling.”
That is frightening. Frightening.
Wednesday in Council Bluffs, Donald Trump asked for a show of hands from those who were not Christian conservatives a couple of hands went up. Trump said “Should we keep them in the room? Yes, I think so.” When I heard this a cold shiver went down my spine. I can imagine what blacks, Hispanics, women and all others have been feeling since this man launched his campaign. His very presence signals that “others” are not welcome and he has the power to do something to those people.
Monday night Donald Trump loudly and proudly declared that he doesn’t pay taxes and that makes him smart. So the rest of us who are willing to invest in our country are stupid schmucks? Maybe if Trump were more invested in this country and a little less in Russia or he was not doing illegal deals in Cuba, he would learn something about this country.
Dangerous and frightening and disdainful of the average American. If you’re a woman he has little regard for you at all. Only as a sex object.
There are no newspapers in this country currently endorsing Trump. I can’t imagine any newspaper that attempts to serve the whole community will. There may be a couple of very right wing papers like the Washington Times may endorse him, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Even the Cincinnati Enquirer, one of the most conservative in the country from the Taft home base couldn’t do it.
Given all this who out there could endorse Trump? Well how about our own Chuck Grassley, Rod Blum, David Young and Steve King.
While all these are bad let’s focus on Grassley who claims to represent Iowa. Mr. Grassley, Iowans don’t endorse a presidential candidate labeled by a sympathetic newspaper as a “clear and present danger.” Is the Supreme Court so important to the right wing that you are willing to recommend that the US elect a man who is so unqualified that no real follower of politics wants him anywhere near the White House.
So you Mr. Grassley are willing to risk war, a ruined economy – this is almost inevitable based on Trump’s pronouncements – greater divisions among our citizens and many other potential tragedies to endorse this man. Whatever respect I ever had for you is long gone. Selling your soul and our country for your party is not worthy of any respect. Nor should it be worthy of anyone’s vote.
Your newest ad focuses on your attendance record in the Senate. We expect you to do something while you are there. Defying the dictates of the constitution is not doing something unless you count holding the American people in contempt is doing something.
Iowans have a choice of a real person who will actually work for Iowans in the senate in Patty Judge. It is time for Iowa to be represented by one of us, not a party first obstructionist.