Opinion: Why we’re right to be afraid of Donald Trump

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Opinions Editor
Let me be as clear as I can. Donald Trump’s victory means our next president will be a non-politician who proposed a catalog of campaign promises he probably won’t be able to keep; a foreign policy novice whose consistent threatening of foreign government and grandiose vows to renegotiate historical alliances has revealed his immense arrogance and lack of knowledge ; a crude, cruel braggart who mocks and endangers people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, the physically disabled, and even prisoners of war.

enter site But it’s in the nation’s interest to pray, to prostrate ourselves to whatever deity we can scrape up any kind of belief in, for his success or his rapid maturation, because the failure of someone as shoot-from-the-hip as Donald Trump would be completely destructive. If we, as a nation, must endure the failures of a President, we should at least endure the failings of a quiet president, a president who isn’t prone to temper tantrums and has access to significant martial resources. Trump, of course, is much too busy being himself to consider not having a temper tantrum, as revealed in the way that he called the nationwide protests that kicked off after winning the election “unfair.” I can almost see the pout on his face now. If he can’t handle some protesters putting a damper on his big night, I wonder how he’ll deal with the pressure of actually running a country. Let’s catalog some of these challenges, shall we?

follow Let’s begin with the economy. Trump’s first challenge is likely to be a massive slump in the financial markets. On election night, Dow futures plunged as his victory became assured. Trump will have to ensure investors that he’s not the economic bad news that they seem to think that he is. This will require skills that Donald Trump seems to completely lack: humility and self-reflection.

source link Let’s move on now to foreign policy under a Trump presidency. Vladimir Putin may be celebrating, but the cheers of a demagogue should always fall on deaf ears. U.S. allies are worried. Will Trump reaffirm our ties with the likes of NATO countries, Israel, multiple Gulf countries in the Middle East, Japan, South Korea, and Australia (all of which are vital to combating international terrorism), or allow them to deteriorate? China has warned that Trump’s promise to impose sanctions on its economy will prompt swift reprisal. Will the president-elect tell Beijing he was only kidding? Will he Tweet about it?

go Last but not least, Trump will somehow have to put aside his tremendous ego and begin consoling the American people who are horrified by his election. Fewer than half of all voters actually chose Trump. Will he reach out to those who fear or loathe him? Will he address their concerns? Does he care enough? Will he gloat?

Trump does have some assets as he approaches a job he has not really lifted a finger to prepare for. He will likely have majorities in both the Senate and House, giving Republicans control of a one-party government for the first time in a decade. In the hands of a more conventional, more intelligent politician, this would be a golden opportunity to unify the party and advance its goals. Trump is no mainstream Republican. He’s certainly not a normal person. Normal people don’t host Celebrity Apprentice. Normal people don’t get a million-dollar loan from their fathers.

Maybe it’s his disconnect from reality, particularly the fiscal reality of many Americans, that has stopped Trump’s fiscal campaign promises from even approaching lucidity. He’s said he will balance the budget and cut taxes across the board, but expand Social Security and dramatically increase military spending. That’s impossible. He’s also promised steel workers in the Midwest and coal miners in Appalachia that he’ll bring their old jobs back and revitalize their industry. This is also unlikely.

Still, some of his agenda can be achieved through legislation. He can repeal Obamacare, President Obama’s health insurance program, and leave the details, and the hard work, of what should replace it to Congress. He can almost certainly win funding to deport more undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the Mexican border— the cost of which, he maintains, will be reimbursed in full by the Mexican government. Mexico has steadfastly rejected this idea.

Trump has said his first order of business, on Day One of his presidency, will be to reverse many of President Obama’s executive orders, beginning with Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that has granted temporary work permits to young immigrants who lack legal status.

Trump could block immigration by refugees from Syria and foist “extreme vetting” on immigrants from other countries affected by terrorism.

He could follow through on his promise to renegotiate NAFTA with Mexico and Canada and, if he feels like the talks went poorly, he could carry out his threat and leave the 22-year-old pact. He’s also floated the idea of withdrawing from the World Trade Organization, a baffling action that could kick off massive financial panic.

He could attempt to renegotiate U.S. participation in the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, reducing our military commitments in Europe.

And since he has stated his opinion that the threat of climate change is a hoax, Trump just might keep his pledge to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and undo regulations that reduce U.S. carbon emissions. I suppose it was a nice planet while it lasted.

The problem with all of those unilateral moves is that they could very well sour relationships with multiple foreign governments, a factor that Trump won’t be able to control. His early months will be a test of his ability as a crisis manager and an avoider of war. Keep in mind, this is a man that can barely navigate Twitter without being completely belligerent.

An optimist, a fool perhaps, might argue that Trump won’t lead in the same way that he campaigned. Maybe he’ll surround himself with seasoned advisers. Maybe he’ll think before he speaks. Maybe he won’t get caught on tape bragging about some vile iniquity.

Trump’s record offers little reassurance for the optimists. When he won his party’s nomination, old-guard Republicans predicted his views would shift toward the political center in order to seem more presidential.  Trump rejected their advice, and he’s likely to take the result of this election as evidence that he was right all along.

In short: “The car is on fire, and there’s no driver at the wheel. The flags are all dull at the top of their poles.”