COMMENTARY | Billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump Sr. has been in the public eye for many years for both his personal life as well as his business dealings. There has been talk in the past that he would make an interesting candidate for the presidency based on his shrewd ability to take risks, create wealth and get out of debt.
There are several reasons that, although some may think Trump may make a good president, there are just as many, if not more, disadvantages to having him living in the White House.
Donald Trump: Too Outspoken
Recently, Trump spoke at the annual CPAC conference, saying, “I have a reputation for telling it like it is, I’m known for my candor; I’ve had a lot of great victories and I may be willing to put that to work.” In that same speech, Trump also said twice that Ron Paul could never get elected and went on to sarcastically say he was sorry about that. Congressman Ron Paul of Texas won the Presidential Straw Poll at CPAC for the second year in a row.
Donald Trump: Good at Business, Really?
Trump has a long history with real estate and business investment successes and failures. Corporations that were run by Trump have filed for bankruptcy numerous times. There’s no doubt that he will be good for the economy by knowing how to protect his own assets; but will he be able to save America? Trump claims that if he were president he would make foreign countries pay us what they owe and create jobs. The question isn’t so much on his ability to work on balancing the budget but whether or not he can deal with other world powers.
Donald Trump: No real political experience
On a small scale, America has watched Trump the real estate and business mogul and Trump the celebrity. Trump has no government political experience. He has never run for office, nor held any government office which oversees what is in the interest of the people vs. what is in his best interest.
Trump could pay for his election and to assess whether or not he could win. He would most likely get enough support to get onto the ticket but it is highly unlikely that he would receive the support from the Republican Party. Although, according to the Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, Trump did tie for second with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, presently is the front-runner.
But Can He Play Politics?
Trump knows how to play politics, manipulate the media and create attention. This is how he has been able to run his businesses. However, if he doesn’t get his way, he has exhibited less than favored political politeness. He has had long, drawn out media fights with celebrities including Martha Stewart and Rosie O’Donnell.
Trump tends to run his professional and personal life together – his business dealings, his marriages, and his reality television shows; all contribute to his experience as a political powerhouse in the business world. What does that tell America about his behavior? Will he try to settle disagreements with other countries by calling them names at a press conference?
In addition, why would Trump spend much of his time and money trying to prove if Obama was really born in Hawaii, instead of building his case for why he should be the next president? Whether Trump decides he is finished playing with the media or would truly throw his hat in the ring, America won’t know until June.