By any measure, Donald Trump is unfit to be president – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial

From:, a Journal Sentinel Editorial,  on Mar 29, 2016,  see the article HERE.


No to Donald Trump.

No to his bigotry.

No to his contempt for women and minorities. No to his vague, clueless bluster about the problems facing the nation.

No to Trumpism, which runs counter to the ideals of this nation of immigrants, to the notion that by working together under the rule of law, we can protect freedom and promote inclusion and fair play.

Wisconsin Republicans: Reject this un-American candidate on April 5.

And consider these facts:

■Trump has stoked the smoldering fears of immigrants long latent in American political culture. He calls for walling out immigrants and deporting 11 million people. It is an impossible and disruptive policy that would divide families, require enormous law enforcement resources and drive the undocumented deeper into the shadows. Worse, it wouldn’t address the problem of supply and demand for labor. It likely would harm entire industries — including Wisconsin dairy operations — and encourage public corruption such as we haven’t seen since Prohibition.

■Trump’s blustering anti-Muslim rhetoric is helping to recruit new terrorists. He promises to “bomb the sh– out of ISIS” and demands that all Muslims be banned from entering the country. He singles out an entire religion, against the First Amendment promise that we can worship as we choose, instead of focusing on the terrorists who have brought shame to their faith. He refuses to rule out the use of tactical nuclear weapons. He says “torture works,” and despite never having fought for his country, he ridicules Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who suffered years of torture in a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. Trump advocates killing the civilian families of terrorists and violating international law, promising the military will follow his orders over their constitutional and moral duties. The Islamic State thinks so much of Trump’s sound bites that it has used them in recruitment videos.

■Trump has belittled women for decades. His coarse comments about his opponent in the early primaries, Carly Fiorina, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and Heidi Cruz, the wife of his closest opponent for the Republican nomination, were just the latest in a long line of outrageous sexist statements. He has called women fat pigs, slobs and dogs. He has made rude sexual commentson talk radio shows. In the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, he had an astounding 70% unfavorable rating among women overall, which makes him unelectable in a general election.

■Trump has incited violence at his rallies with heated rhetoric aimed at firing up supporters while portraying himself as a tough guy. From behind a wall of Secret Service protection, Trump has said that in the past protesters “would be carried out on a stretcher” or that he would like to punch them “in the face.” After a white North Carolina man sucker-punched an African-American protester who was being led away, Trump offered to pay the assailant’s legal fees. In Chicago, after protesters infiltrated a Trump rally, the candidate called off the event and fist fights broke out. At a rally in Iowa, he “joked” that he could shoot someone “in the middle of Fifth Avenue” and not lose a single vote.

■Trump has displayed contempt for the press and freedom of speech, calling reporters “the world’s most dishonest people” and pointing them out at rallies. Trump says laws and court decisions protecting our nation’s fundamental trust in free expression should be overturned so he could sue news organizations that dare to criticize him or hold him accountable. Reporters, who are penned in at his rallies, are routinely threatened, often with his encouragement. During a rally in February, Katy Tur of NBC News tweeted: “Trump trashes press. Crowd jeers. Guy by press ‘pen’ looks at us & screams ‘you’re a bitch!’ Other gentleman gives cameras the double bird.”

Trump’s crudity and spinning moral compass are merely the most obvious problems with his candidacy. His policy ideas, such as they can be divined, show a man with no political center who has given the hardest problems facing the nation no more than a passing glance.

Trump deplores trade deals, which have been a pillar of market economy ideology for decades. He has tapped into a reservoir of anger lingering from the 1990s when the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed by President Bill Clinton. While the benefits of free trade may be broadly shared, the costs of change are not, and manufacturing centers such as Wisconsin have borne more than their share of those costs. But Trump’s solution won’t help. In fact, his proposals to wall off the country through punitive tariffs could trigger a trade war that would put millions of American jobs at risk.

Trump has said NATO allies should carry their own weight instead of relying on America to foot the bill. But weakening NATO in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine is foolish and would leave our own defenses vulnerable, as well as those of our allies. His proposal to cut off oil purchases from Saudi Arabia could cripple a longtime friend in the region and encourage the Iranians.

Any other Republican would be immolated by the hail of fire and brimstone called down upon Trump by movement conservatives over his apostasies. Not Trump. And that’s probably because many Republican primary voters don’t care much about the issues that animate the editors of National Review and The Weekly Standard. In fact, the elites of both parties have abandoned working-class voters, many of whom have been kicked to the side of the American economy. If any good arises from the Trump candidacy, it will be that more attention is paid to people marooned by both parties, which have catered relentlessly to the interests of high-roller campaign donors. Like, say, in the past, Donald J. Trump.

The Trump method

But though Trump, like Bernie Sanders of the Democrats, has tapped into a wide vein of voter anger that demands to be heard, he is the wrong standard-bearer for voter concerns.

Trump is temperamentally impulsive, prone to shooting first and asking questions later. Trump’s standard operating procedure: Say something outrageous, wait for cable news channels to amplify it, then for critics to express horror, then demand someone else apologize or threaten to sue. It has turned out to be a brilliant strategy for dominating the attention of the broadcast and cable programs he understands so well. It would be a disastrous strategy for running the federal government and representing the American people. A president must know how to speak to the world with precision, a lesson President Barack Obama learned after warning that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian dictator would be a “red line” he should not cross. Bashar al-Assad used those chemical weapons, and Obama was not prepared to act.

Trump claims he can harness his big mouth, that his over-the-top rhetoric is part of the “art of the deal” as he pursues his biggest deal yet, a contract with the American people to be their president. But Trump isn’t capable of changing. A Trump presidency would float down a river polluted by hyperbole and misstatement, tacking left to right, right to left, claiming up is down, white is black, night is day. A reality TV Wonderland.

Only we live in the real world, where the words and choices of presidents can have momentous consequences — war and peace, feast or famine, freedom or tyranny, life or death.

We can’t tell what is at the core of Trump’s beliefs. Perhaps beneath the persona of @realDonald Trump there is a real person and not a cartoon character. Perhaps.

What we do know is what he has said and done, and, based on that evidence, it’s clear that this presidential campaign is about Donald Trump, the wealthy real estate tycoon, the casino operator, the celebrity, the brand.

It’s not about the citizens.

Wisconsin can be the beginning of the end of all this reality television nonsense. Voters can do the nation a huge service on April 5.

They can say “no” to Donald Trump.


This article is an editorial from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, so whatever influence the paper has in the Milwaukee area is directed at preventing Donald Trump from winning Wisconsin. I thought that was interesting. Here is a major media outlet properly identifying Trump’s inadequacies and recommending that their readers vote for someone else. I didn’t see an endorsement anywhere, so it may be that the paper’s position is simply “Not Trump,” but that’s good enough for me.

I guess what struck me was that it is so unusual to find a big city newspaper that has an editorial position that parallels my own. As a conservative, that almost never happens!



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4 replies

  1. I’m afraid I can’t share the enthusiasm for this editorial, since to me it appears to have been written by either a democrat or the worst of the RINOs. The writer says, “Trump has stoked the smoldering fears of immigrants long latent in American political culture.” Yes, that’s true, and it’s one of the good things Trump deserves credit for because for too long Americans have been lazy and complacent to the slow takeover by the illegals. No true conservative could possibly take issue with Trump for making illegal immigration a center point of this election. He calls Trump’s plans for illegals, “…an impossible and disruptive policy that would divide families…” That’s a lib talking if ever I heard one, whether he realizes it or not. It is the illegals, not those trying to correct this mess, who are responsible for their families facing division. That’s a critical point that conservatives must hit home with voters.

    He goes on to say, “Trump’s blustering anti-Muslim rhetoric is helping to recruit new terrorists. He promises to “bomb the sh– out of ISIS…” to which I would say, “And..???” Trump’s unapologetic habit of going after ISIS and his recognition that terrorism is a Muslim problem is another one of the few good things he’s done. Only liberals make the unprovable and stupid assertion that anti-Muslim rhetoric recruits new terrorists.

    And I hate to say it but Trump’s also right when he calls reporters “the world’s most dishonest people.” That’s absolutely true, because 80% or so are liberal democrats who chose journalism not to communicate information to people but to “make a difference” by altering the news to advance their personal worldviews. I know Trump doesn’t distinguish between those who are doing the job right and those who abuse their power, but in the broad sense he’s still correct.

    On the other points – his degrading attitudes towards women, his childishness and impetuousness, I certainly agree; but I want to see Trump rejected for the right reasons, that being that he’s a big government liberal with no conservative center to guide him and no special reverence for the Constitution (in addition to his personality issues). I don’t want his views on putting America first to be the reason he goes down.


    • I guess that you could say that I’m “tainted.” While I’d prefer that Trump be rejected “for the right reasons,” I’ll take his rejection for ANY reason – like maybe his fingers are too short – I really don’t care as long as he doesn’t get within shouting distance of the White House. It’s like they always say about getting elected – you’ve got to get elected before you can accomplish all of the wonderful things you may promise – the promises are worthless if you don’t get elected – I’m applying that same logic to Trump falling flat on his ass – let him LOSE first, and then I’ll worry about WHY he lost.


  2. That is unusual, Garnet and completely unexpected in today’s world of political correctness.

    We’ve said from the beginning that it was good that Trump jumped in and stirred up the folks, but now I’m having second thoughts about just how much good he’s really done. He’s taken the whole election process and downgraded it to a schoolyard brawl, he’s siphoned off delegates that would have otherwise gone to viable candidates and slandered just about everyone, and most especially the other candidates, that dared to disagree with him.

    We now have people out there who actually believe that Ted Cruz slept with five other women and they think a man with a lying potty mouth who’s filed bankruptcy 4 times is the ideal candidate to run this country. That’s no good on any level.


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