For the post part, I want to remain politically neutral here. Politics tend to get people fired up a little too much and I want this to a place of positivity, but I’ve got a thingertwo to say about our President of the last four years. Some of you aren’t going to like what I have to say. Some of you might. But these are some thoughts I want to get off my chest, and I want to preface them with two words:

Good riddance.

Growing up in a small town in Southern Utah, I’ve always been inclined to conservative policies. I didn’t like Barack Obama as a teenager. The Clinton family has always given me the creeps. I’ve grown up with guns and Christianity and family that served in the military, so I’ve always considered myself a devout Republican.

That changed in 2016.

I was flabbergasted that a man as brash, insensitive, incompetent, and narcissistic as Donald John Trump could sufficiently woo the “party of Christianity” into nabbing the Republican nomination for President. I mean, what about this man embodies any of the qualities that Jesus Christ taught?

What kills me is when I feel like I have to defend my dislike of him. “Why don’t you like him? What’s wrong with him?” Well, a lot of things. Like, a lot. I’ve grown tired of explaining myself. So this is where I’ll write the things that killed my support of the President. Don’t worry, I’ll link sources, too.

If you have a problem with any of my viewpoints, please understand and remember that I absolutely do not care.

His sexual assaults and adulterous relationship(s)

This is a big oof for our boy, Donnie. Twenty-six women have accused the President of having inappropriate sexual contact with them. Bill Clinton himself only has four. Twenty. Six. It’s bad enough when a politician has even one accusation of sexual assault, but over two dozen woman have come forward about Donald Trump’s misconduct. Imagine if one of them were your friend, or daughter, or wife.

And when it comes to adultery, Donald Trump had at least one adulterous relationship that we know of–his alleged affair with porn star, director, and producer Stormy Daniels back in 2006. He had his lawyer pay her a whopping $130,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement so she would keep her mouth shut about it, but she fought in court to nullify the NDA after he was elected. Ultimately she won, and Donald Trump was forced to pay her over $44,000 in legal fees.

Narcissism

Here are the nine qualities that define narcissism according to PsychologyToday:

  1. Grandiosity with expectations of superior treatment by others.
  2. Fixated on fantasies of power, success, intelligence, attractiveness, etc.
  3. Self-perception of being unique, superior, and associated with high-status people and institutions.
  4. Needing constant admiration from others.
  5. Sense of entitlement to special treatment and to obedience from others.
  6. Exploitative of others to achieve personal gain.
  7. Unwilling to empathize with others’ feelings, wishes, or needs.
  8. Intensely jealous of others and the belief that others are equally jealous of them.
  9. Pompous and arrogant demeanor.

I got this list from a PsychologyToday article written by Dr. Nigel Barber that asks “Is Donald Trump a narcissist?” The conclusion: emphatically yes. Other examples of leaders with narcissistic personality disorders include Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, and Hugo Chavez. Which were all dictators. Which are enemies of democracy. So yeah.

Racism

Imagine being unwilling to denounce white supremacy. Just imagine that. Leaders of my own church have openly come out and denounced white supremacy because it’s incongruent with the teaching that all of God’s children are equal. That should be common sense. No one is better than the other because of the color of their skin. Period.

But for some reason, the freaking President of the United States, the leader of the free world, a nation teeming with racial, religious, and ethnical diversity, has absolutely refused to denounce white supremacy whenever it’s been addressed.

Imagine the kind of person that does that. He’s either a white supremacist himself or knows fully well that a large portion of his followers are and doesn’t want to disturb them. In my eyes, each of those are equally damning.

Edit: Trump actually has condemned white supremacy in a handful of instances. But that causes me to question why there isn’t a more consistent pattern of it. Why does he equivocate or mince his words on occasion when he’s asked directly about it, such as during the September 29th, 2020 debate? It seems like he’s for it or against it depending on what the room calls for.

Pathological lying

This is huge for me. I hate liars. Donald Trump is a top rank member of the Full of Crap Club, and it’s incredibly easy to decipher if you’re conscious and have a pulse.

President Trump told over 22,000 lies to the American public while serving in office. That means on average, the President lied to you something like 14 times per day.

It’s indisputable. There are multiple fact checkers across the internet that have illustrated time and time again how many times our President has lied to you (like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, and AP) . And it just keeps coming. He can’t stop. He just doesn’t know how to stop lying.

And simply put, that means he’s not a man to be trusted.

Don’t let the door hit you.

There’s way more that could have been unpacked here. I didn’t even touch on his sketchy business affairs or his pathetic handling of the coronavirus pandemic. But these are the high-level items that disqualifies Donald Trump from my confidence and respect. And I don’t feel like elaborating any more because writing the above was taxing enough.

If you voted for him, I don’t look down on you or hate you or anything. I just don’t understand you. Maybe you genuinely liked his policies–even though he opted not to list any of them on his campaign website. But the above was enough to be deal breakers for me. I don’t want to be led by a habitually lying, adulterous, narcissistic Cheeto monster. Not again.

Donald Trump, you’re fired. You’ve lied to the American people and put yourself above their needs for long enough. The people of the United States and your fellow politicians have decided you’re through. You have lost. You are the loser of the 2020 Presidential Election. And America is ready to move on.

So once again, I say good riddance.