An individual who seeks the office of President of the United States must possess gravitas to be able to deal with a variety of stressful scenarios. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has shown himself to be someone who lacks this quality. From his public insult of a fallen U.S. Muslim soldier’s family, to threatening to assault protesters, to having a crying baby removed from his rally so that he could better hear the sound of his own garbled doublespeak, Trump has proved his composure crumbles under the slightest feign of pressure. This point has been further proved after Trump threatened attack Iran over suspected rude “gestures”, laying the foundation for a possible third World War.
When Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.
The comments from Trump are telling about his lack of foreign policy experience, while simultaneously highlighting his hypocrisy. In May 2015 Trump was interviewed on Fox by Megyn Kelly and refused to go into any detail about his foreign policy plans. Instead he offered, “I don’t want the enemy to know what I’m doing.” A month later in June Trump was interviewed by The Des Moines Register and said he couldn’t give any details about his foreign policy because he was afraid other individuals would steal his ideas, “The problem with politics is if I tell you right now everyone else is going to say, ‘Wow, what a great idea.’ You’re going to have 10 candidates go and use it, and they’re going to forget where it came from, which is me.” Then in April 2016 Trump went back to his original talking point of keeping his plans secret to keep his perceived enemies in the dark, “I have a simple message for ISIS: Their days are numbered. I won’t tell them where and I won’t tell them how…We are totally predictable. We tell everything. We’re sending troops; we tell them. We’re sending something else; we have a news conference… ISIS will be gone if I’m elected president. And they’ll be gone quickly.”
After over a year of hemming and hawing, and promising the absolute best foreign policy plan — because Trump is the best and is surrounded by the best who have best, greatest, most magnificent ideas — Trump decided to tip his empty hand to the Iranian government and threaten open war? Not over nuclear testing, Uranium facilities, or other serious offenses, but over perceived slights.
That’s the president the American people have to look forward to if they elect the lying, cheating, racist, misogynistic, chicken-hawk Donald Trump. An individual with a skin as thin as paper, his finger itchy and ready to pull a hair trigger, who wonders aloud why the U.S. military has nuclear weapons if they can’t be used. Individuals who support Trump’s presidency will be responsible for helping to instigate a global conflict which will assuredly transpire under his awful leadership.
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Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.