WaPo Editorial: Trump "Uniquely Unqualfied" to be President

The Washington Post published this incredibly harsh editorial today trashing Donald Trump.

The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions.

... A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.


On Trump's inexperience:

There is nothing on Mr. Trump’s résumé to suggest he could function successfully in Washington. He was staked in the family business by a well-to-do father and has pursued a career marked by some real estate successes, some failures and repeated episodes of saving his own hide while harming people who trusted him.

The lack of experience might be overcome if Mr. Trump saw it as a handicap worth overcoming. But he displays no curiosity, reads no books and appears to believe he needs no advice. In fact, what makes Mr. Trump so unusual is his combination of extreme neediness and unbridled arrogance.

The Post calls Trump a serial liar.

He is desperate for affirmation but contemptuous of other views. He also is contemptuous of fact. Throughout the campaign, he has unspooled one lie after another...

The editorial calls Trump ignorant:

Given his ignorance, it is perhaps not surprising that Mr. Trump offers no coherence when it comes to policy.

The Post says Trump is a flip-flopper on multiple issues, his gut feelings are mostly wrong and he is filled with prejudice and hatefulness:

According to the Post, Trump is ignorant about the Constitution:

Most alarming is Mr. Trump’s contempt for the Constitution and the unwritten democratic norms upon which our system depends. He doesn’t know what is in the nation’s founding document. When asked by a member of Congress about Article I, which enumerates congressional powers, the candidate responded, “I am going to abide by the Constitution whether it’s number 1, number 2, number 12, number 9.” The charter has seven articles.

The Post labels Trump a threat to democracy.

Mr. Trump has encouraged and celebrated violence at his rallies. The U.S. democratic system is strong and has proved resilient when it has been tested before. We have faith in it. But to elect Mr. Trump would be to knowingly subject it to threat.

The paper says it has not hesitated in the past to criticize Hillary Clinton, and will do so in the future if warranted, but of the present candidates, including the Libertarian and Green party third party candidates, only Trump is a "clear and present danger" to the Constitution.

The Post says the Republican party has let "the lunatic fringe onto center stage". Trump had to rely on family and employees to make his case at the convention because, except for Bob Dole, "the living Republican presidents and presidential nominees of the past three decades all stayed away."

On the global threat Trump poses:

[Republicans] put forward a candidate who mimics the vilest propaganda of authoritarian adversaries about how terrible the United States is and how unfit it is to lecture others. He has made clear that he would drop allies without a second thought. The consequences to global security could be disastrous.

Trump's three most prominently featured children will undoubtedly read this editorial. Will they be ashamed? I sure would be if Trump were my father.

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    Given his long long history (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 06:05:37 PM EST
    And their unqualified support I would say shameless is a possibility.   It's easy to ignore what you don't want to see.

    To paraphrase an old one - it's difficult to get a person to understand something their continued prosperity depends on their not understanding.

    I agree with all of the editorial (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Green26 on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 07:56:53 PM EST
    I would add that Trump is a horrible person, really despicable in my view. Mean and a bully. And as the editorial said, arrogant, ignorant, blatantly and repeatedly dishonest, and dangerous. A total embarrassment to our country. Too bad Hillary is turning out to be such a weak and damaged candidate. I would have thought that she would beat Trump easily, but that appears not to be the case. With so many Repubs not supporting him and seeming to be on the sidelines, I can't believe how much support he apparently has. I had no idea our country had so many people who would be Trump kind of people. That is very surprising to me. I can understand Repubs not wanting to support Clinton, and then voting for Trump, but I don't understand how many people actually seem to believe in the guy and his BS.

    Great WaPo (none / 0) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 06:46:31 PM EST
    who spent so much time NOT actually examining issue stances but on BS and now you worried about Trump. You could have had this same editorial 4 months ago and it would have done you as much good as it's doing you now.

    Check this out: (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 22, 2016 at 11:58:34 PM EST
    The Never Trumpers (none / 0) (#5)
    by TrevorBolder on Sat Jul 23, 2016 at 05:23:51 AM EST
    May be prone to hyperbole.

    his isn't the behavior of a rational, stable individual. It should embarrass those who have endorsed him and disgrace those who have attempted to normalize him.

    The degree of this normalization is stunning. The Republican nominee for president made comments Friday that one might expect from a patient in a mental institution, the kind of stuff you might read on blog with really small print and pictures of UFOs.

    I would consider Trump a carnival barker, willing to go to the lowest common denominator to achieve his desired result. It has worked for him in reality television, and a political campaign is now the ultimate in reality TV.

    It is not a quality that I would want in my President, and unfortunately, it appears that he has a reasonable chance of achieving it.


    Just like Trump (none / 0) (#6)
    by Yman on Sat Jul 23, 2016 at 07:39:45 AM EST
    Actually, Trump goes faaaaaaaar beyond "hyperbole".  But Trump is simply the natural extension of the GOP's message and rightwing radio over the past few decades.  They created their own monster, and a majority of their voters actually want him.

    Exactly (none / 0) (#7)
    by TrevorBolder on Sat Jul 23, 2016 at 07:46:09 AM EST
    Trump has gone full blown far right Republican

    One presidential candidate wants to end loopholes for the "very rich." He's against trade deals that allow foreign "sweatshops" to steal American jobs. He backs "prevailing wages" for U.S. positions filled by foreigners with special visas. He supports universal health-care coverage and an "individual mandate." And he says he's the guy to rebuild America, a job that could cost hundreds of billions of tax dollars.

    Trump has repeatedly said the wealthy already get too many tax breaks and they should pay more, sounding much like Democrats Sanders and Hillary Clinton.


    Heh - as accurate as Trump himself (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Yman on Sat Jul 23, 2016 at 08:10:14 AM EST
    Trump has repeatedly said the wealthy already get too many tax breaks and they should pay more, sounding much like Democrats Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

    The wealthy under Trump's tax plan would benefit tremendously.  He also backed away from the individual mandate while maintaining he wants to repeal Obamacare (which already has a universal mandate).  He's also flip-flopped several times on prevailing wages for HB-1 workers, claiming he wants the raise (or doesn't - depending on the day) because he wants to force companies to hire American workers first.  That's pretty funny, coming from Trump.

    The "sounding much like Democrats Sanders and Clinton" thing was funny, though.