Friday, April 22, 2011
Trump: The Candidate We Deserve?
Speaking of headed for ruin, Donald Trump is supposedly running for president. So, if we deserved Sarah Palin in 2008, is this how low we've sunk now? From a lying, know-nothing candidate for vice president who used that platform to turn her life into a reality show and make millions from speaking gigs, we now have a smug reality show host who's been lying about his millions for years. Not only has Trump been shown time and again to exaggerate his business successes (he has filed for corporate bankruptcy four times in the past 20 years), the basis of his platform for president has been the bogus "birther" controversy, which even wingnut Michelle Bachmann has evidently disavowed.
I have no real problem with Trump as an entertainer. I don't personally find him very entertaining. But a presidential candidate?! And if this is all just a publicity stunt for his TV show, I suppose it won't be the first time someone has abused the political process for his (or her) personal gain. But doesn't America deserve better?
Read Timothy Egan's on-the-money New York Times Op-Ed about Trump, Charlie Sheen and Silvio Berlusconi.
UPDATE: Jerry Seinfeld has "respectfully" backed out of a commitment to perform for the Eric Trump Foundation, benefiting St. Jude's Children's Hospital, citing Eric's father Donald's pushing of the birther issue. The elder Trump's response is, as usual, not respectful. He uses it as an opportunity to slam Seinfeld, saying that he went on the comedian's TV show The Marriage Ref despite the fact that the show was "absolutely terrible."
In other words, by not handling this gracefully Trump is once again showing himself to NOT be a mensch.
Read the CNN story here.