He’s a mentally ill man put into place by coup d’etat. Let’s consider the facts.
First, if we’re being generous, we could grant him a sliver of legitimacy by saying he won the electoral college. But the EC is itself not legitimate: it was the brainchild of southern slave owner James Madison. If you need a refresher on what slave owners were like, go watch Twelve Years a Slave. Put simply: this immoral and undemocratic piece of constitutional perversion was created to give more political power to slave owners. Because a huge part of the South’s population was black, there weren’t enough eligible white voters to compete with the north. That put the south at a fundamental disadvantage if the presidency was only determined by popular vote. To up the South’s influence on national politics, Madison proposed the ‘3/5 clause’: slaves would be counted as 3/5 of a person only for the purpose to give more muscle to the South. This little tweak is what allowed slave-owning Thomas Jefferson to beat the anti-slavery candidate John Adams in 1800. Adams would’ve won a straight popular vote. The EC is a fundamentally anti-democratic facet of life in America. It should have been scrapped long ago.
Then there’s the Russian elephant in the room. In October 2016, the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, released a report confirming suspicions that Russia’s hacking into the DNC was indeed an attempt to meddle in our elections. Since the election, the story has gotten buried by the outrageous outpouring of Executive Orders being issued, like the horrific stream of green vomit in The Exorcist. The Executive Orders and the President’s terrifying choice of cabinet picks are likely part of a strategy to keep everyone off-balance and distracted from his little Russian affair. The idea that a foreign entity threw our election should stop us all cold in our tracks, but what’s being done? Nothing. In fact, instead of demanding a thorough investigation, Trump is proposing to lift economic sanctions against Russia. Perhaps as a thank you for getting him elected.
Then there’s the competence issue. This guy’s resume doesn’t point to anything that makes him qualified to do the job. Every other president in our nation’s history had either experience as a public servant with broad accountability—a congressperson, a governor, a senator—or military experience. Even the least competent before Trump, Herbert Hoover, served as Secretary of Commerce for a stint before rising to the highest office in the land. But then again, we saw where his lack of experience led us—straight into the Great Depression. On the campaign trail, Trump liked to point his business success as a reason we should trust him with the awesome responsibility of the presidency. The Trump story would’ve been a great business success story if it didn’t include the head start he got in the way of $14M in startup capital from his dad, the multiple bankruptcies and the countless vendors he stiffed. A true business success story starts with an underdog who creates something out of nothing, and grows his or her company without cheating and stealing from thousands of people. And does it all without having to file for six bankruptcies, count ‘em, six. The one and only thing Mr. Trump has been successful at in his life is drawing a lot of attention to himself by appealing to people’s baser instincts.
Then there’s the mental health issue. A president is not legitimate if he’s not mentally stable. In the short time he’s been in office, his behavior has been unsteady, erratic, impulsive and unmeasured—usually all that before breakfast. This is not presidential behavior. It is not normal person behavior. The morning after his frothing-at-the-mouth inauguration speech, he woke up hung over from his own toxic bile, and called the acting director of the National Park Service to demand new photographs that would show a larger crowd size. He then proceeded to have a Twitter tantrum about how unfair it was that the media reported accurately what everybody could see with their own eyes. He consistently makes claims that aren’t supported by empirical evidence, e.g., claiming voter fraud by the millions. Or signing an executive order for a travel ban for people from seven countries out of a ‘national security’ concern when there’s no evidence of a security concern from any of the countries named. People who live in a universe of ‘alternative facts’ like this guy and his minions are what we usually refer to as ‘insane.’ Even a member of his own party, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), told the editorial board of the Washington Post that he was considering introducing legislation that would require presidents to undergo an independent medical examination, including for mental health: ‘If you’re going to have your hands on the nuclear codes, you should probably know what kind of mental state you’re in.’
So, we do not have to accept his legitimacy. There’s nothing above-board about his election and about his qualifications. This guy’s a fraud.
A madman slipped into the White House with the help of another madman. He is dangerous. This is not normal and we should never accept it as such. Resist, throw sand in the gears, do whatever you can, just resist.