The U.S. presidential race, still in its earliest stages, has grabbed people’s attention due largely to the fact that Donald Trump is involved. And what initially seemed like a longshot at best has changed as public opinion polls show Donald Trump is now the Republican frontrunner to win the White House in 2016. Yet, would Donald Trump really make a good president? To date he has become the focal point of the presidential campaign by saying outrageous, inflammatory and derogatory things about women, minorities and immigrants. And while those sentiments may appeal to angry and disaffected voters, how would they translate if Donald Trump finds himself sitting in the Oval Office? American voters might want to give some serious consideration to that fact. And here are 10 reasons why Donald Trump would not only be a bad president, but likely the worst president ever.
10. Donald Trump Is Not Used to Listening to Anybody Else
There’s a saying that “a president is only as good as his advisors.” But who would, and could, advise Donald Trump? After all, this is the man whose catchphrase is “You’re fired!” Having run his own empire for nearly 40 years, Donald Trump is used to doing as he pleases and calling all the shots. He doesn’t listen to anyone—he’s certainly not listening to anyone on his campaign team who might be telling him to tone down his rhetoric. So how would he listen to an army of advisors who were trying to give him advice on domestic and foreign policy, the military and the economy? The answer is he wouldn’t listen to anyone and would go off making half-baked decisions.
9. He Has No Substantive Policies
To say that Donald Trump is light on policy is an understatement. Political pundits had criticized the presidential candidate for not issuing any substantive policies for his campaign. Trump noted this and decided to issue his first policy. And what was it? He proposed to build a gigantic wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants. Reading this proposal to build a giant wall along the border on legitimate news sites was like reading the satirical news put out by The Onion. Not only is a proposal to build a wall to keep out Mexicans borderline racist behavior, it is also completely impractical and would be insanely expensive. So how does Donald Trump propose to pay for this wall? He plans to bill the Mexican government for the cost. Give us a break!
On other substantive policy issues, such as healthcare, Donald Trump says he plans to scrap Obamacare and replace it with “something terrific.” Asked to elaborate he said: “It’ll be great.” Well, that seems clear—not!
8. Donald Trump Has No Interest in the Broader World
There’s no question that Donald Trump is a proud American. In fact, there are only two things Trump consistently promotes—himself and the country he lives in. However, Donald Trump has shown that he has no interest in the wider world and what goes on beyond America’s borders. And while that might be fine when you’re a billionaire businessman, it could be disastrous if he becomes president. After all, much of the president’s role involves foreign policy. From brokering peace in the Middle East to providing aid during humanitarian crises and asserting military power where needed, being president requires an understanding of foreign relations, politics and diplomacy. And Donald Trump has none of those things. Interestingly, the last president to be accused of being a disaster on foreign relations was George W. Bush.
7. He Has No Political Experience
Donald Trump has never been an elected official. He has never held elected office of any kind. He’s never had to broker political compromise, give political speeches or pour over political briefing notes. So why on earth, with no experience in politics, would people think he’d make a good president? Sure, Donald Trump is a shameless self-promoter and experienced businessman. But Washington, D.C., is not Wall Street, and getting things done in the nation’s capital takes more than a big personality and strong will. If Donald Trump is elected president, he’ll quickly have to learn how to deal with his Democratic counterparts in the House of Representatives and Senate. He’ll also have to get used to the pace and minutiae of government—where things can move extremely slow. And he’ll have to get used to giving speeches on topics he may not be interested in—like housing for the poor, education and farm subsidies. Being in office, after all, is not the same as campaigning.
6. Donald Trump Is a Terrible Financial Manager
Most presidencies live and die based on the state of the U.S. economy. And despite how he likes to portray himself, Donald Trump is a terrible financial manager. In fact, Donald Trump has filed for bankruptcy protection four times. FOUR TIMES! In true Trump fashion, the Donald has said that those bankruptcy filings were strategic business decisions that enabled him to reorganize his assets and liabilities and make more money in the long run. But even if you buy that argument (and most people don’t), then basically you’re acknowledging that Donald Trump manipulates the financial system for his own gain. Either way, do you really want someone with Donald Trump’s checkered financial record as the steward of the world’s biggest economy? And aren’t most of the Wall Street fat cats that Washington politicians routinely prosecute friends of Trump’s? Any way you look at it, giving Donald Trump the national purse strings is a bad idea.