Just a few days ago, Donald Trump spotted a black man at one of his rallies and automatically believed he was a “trouble maker” or more precisely he called him a “thug” and demanded he be removed from the rally. Turns out the man was actually a Trump Supporter. The man did nothing to provoke anything but was labeled a “thug” because that is how Donald Trump handles people he thinks are against him.
Over the course of this entire campaign we have heard Donald Trump saying a lot of things that actually provoked violence at his rallies when people protested against him. We heard things like “knock the crap out of him” and “get him outta here and don’t be gentle”.
Yesterday in Fayetteville, NC President Obama was holding a rally for Hillary Clinton. An older man held up a Trump sign. The people at the rally started booing him and changing “Hillary, Hillary”.
The President wasn’t having any of it. He kept telling the crowd to be quiet. He was saying “hold up”. When he got the crowd to settle down enough he went on to say:
Everybody sit down and be quiet for a second.
You’ve got an older gentleman who’s supporting his candidate. He’s not doing nothing. You don’t have to worry about him.
He went on to say that:
One, we respect free speech
Two, he appears to have served and we respect our veterans
Three, he is elderly and we respect our elders
Four, don’t boo – vote
The man was not manhandled or thrown out of the rally. The crowd calmed down and the President went on with his remarks. That is being Presidential. That is being respectful of those who disagree with you.
But, Trump couldn’t let that go as it was. Later in two separate rallies, he lied and said that the President was “yelling at a protester”. When in fact the President was respecting that protester and actually “protecting” him from disturbed attendees.
He also said the media wouldn’t show the protester. So above is a picture of the man. You will notice that no one is grabbing at him. No one is punching him. Something quite different from being a protester at a Trump rally.
This all may seem trivial in view of how this campaign has been run. It is one of the harshest I have ever seen. But, even in that chaos of innuendos and accusations, we have a President who tells a crowd at a rally he is speaking at to “hold up” and then defend the protester to the crowd.
Unlike Donald Trump, the President did not yell at the protester. He did not put him down. He did not say “knock the hell out of him”. He did not yell “get him out of her”. No, he defended him and told the crowd to “respect” him.
Yesterday showed exactly what Donald Trump is all about and how his temperament is not fit to allow him to be President. In past rallies when the President was heckled, he engaged the protester. He never yelled at or told security to “get him out of here”.
Just think what that temperament would do if Trump were faced with a global crisis or even a regional crisis. How can we be sure that he won’t say “know the hell out of them” instead of handling it diplomatically? How can we be sure that he would even listen to the so-called experts he claims will surround him?
He has already said if Iranian sailors “flipped off” our sailors on the high seas he would order our ship to “blow them out of the water”. It doesn’t even register to his tiny brain that would be an act of war and probably start a war with Iran.
No, this is a perfect example of what being President is all about. It isn’t about power. It isn’t about holding a title. It is about temperament and about calmness in the face of a crisis.
If Donald Trump cannot calmly handle a protester, how the hell can we expect him to handle an international crisis? We can’t and that is the point. Yesterday President Obama showed the nation what being respectful is all about. Donald Trump showed the nation that he is unfit to be President.
One perfect example of temperament. One perfect example of why you should not vote for Donald Trump. In four days the election will be over. Let’s us hope that reason wins out and Trump is sent packing to back to obscurity where he belongs.