White House incumbent fails first test of democratic leader
June 20, 2017 01:00 2,793 Viewed
Re: “More reasoning needed in countering Trump policies”, Letters, June 18.
Supporters of Donald Trump might think his critics are being too harsh on him. I suggest however that they think more deeply about how and why Trump won the US presidency, as well as what risks lie ahead for the world in general and the US in particular under his administration.
In entering the 2016 presidential election, Trump did not present himself merely as a candidate of choice, but one that must win no matter how much damage might be done to the US and its democratic system.
During the campaign, Trump called on Russia to produce evidence of wrongdoing on the part of his opponent – Hillary Clinton – despite the fact that Russia has been America’s bitter adversary for the past seven decades. This behaviour has led to the ever-growing suspicion that the Trump campaign team might have colluded with Russia to help him win the election. The subsequent investigation alone might lead to Trump’s impeachment.
Trump also refused to accept defeat if Clinton won the election.
Second, most of President Trump’s policies are poorly thought out, besides being potentially damaging to both the US and the world. One only has to look at the news to see why.
That being said, democracy can only be successful if both the system and its “human” component work together, each complementing the other. As the human component, Trump does not fit the bill.