I’m not a sore loser. For my entire life, I’ve called the man who won the presidential election by their rightful title of President of the United States. I didn’t vote for Ronald or either George, but to me they were always President Reagan and President Bush. Under no circumstance will I be calling Donald Trump “President Trump,” or “Mr. President,” “POTUS,” “King,” or any other title that he may very well claim as his own.
I do not respect Donald Trump. Furthermore, my self-respect is not trumped by my respect for the office he will soon presumably hold. In fact, my respect for the office itself has deteriorated to almost nothing as each passing day brings him closer to it.
He is dangerous and disgusting. He is an offensive, conniving, self-absorbed, misogynistic bigot. He is a liar. He is a gaudy materialist. He is an arrogant, thin-skinned, abuser of women.
Over the course of the campaign, Politifact, the widely respected nonpartisan political watchdog, evaluated 340 different statements made by Donald Trump. 61 of them were outrageous “pants on fire” lies. An astounding 114 of them were absolutely false. Another 63 were mostly false. That means 70% of the unique statements Donald Trump made during the election were mostly false, completely false, or outrageous lies. Another 51 of those statements were deemed to be only half true. When it was all said and done, only 4% of what Donald Trump said was determined to be completely true. 4%!
His first wife testified that in a rage he violently raped and assaulted her.
While he was married to his third wife, he was recorded openly bragging about how he forces himself on women and sexually assaults them.
At least 16 different women have now accused this man of either sexual assault or sexual harassment.
Donald Trump’s lack of personal morality alone prevents me from having any respect for the man. His election was not a magic potion for me in which I now suddenly forget what he has said and done to so many women.
Trump shared a white supremacist meme falsely claiming that 81% of white murder victims are killed by African Americans. This was a complete fabrication. 81% of white murder victims are killed by white people. He refused to apologize for the damage it caused or even acknowledge its inaccuracy. That’s not his way.
Fortune Magazine did an entire spread on his online ties to white supremacists. Neo-Nazi’s openly performed the Nazi salute in response to his victory.
Trump proposed banning all Muslims from entering the United States. He bragged that he’d deport 450,000 undocumented immigrants per month for 24 straight months until they were all gone.
The man made himself an enemy of the people I know and love.
His election has not stopped his foolishness.
He attacked the cast of Hamilton on Twitter. He repeatedly attacks the cast of Saturday Night Live on Twitter. He attacked a union leader on Twitter. He told outright lies saying millions and millions of fake votes that were cast in the presidential election. They weren’t.
Worse than that, he has appointed a vulgar, abusive, anti-Semitic, white supremacist bigot, Steve Bannon, as his Chief Strategist. Companies all over the world are blacklisting the company that Steve Bannon most recently oversaw, Breitbart, because they are deeming it to violate their rules for hate speech.
This month alone he has twice invited Allen West to Trump Tower in spite of the fact that West shared a meme on his Facebook page advocating for the full extermination of all Muslims from the world.
He nominated a new head of the EPA who has actively sued the EPA.
He nominated Rick Perry to head up the Department of Energy when Perry himself famously said he would disband the department. Furthermore, Perry sits on the board of Energy Transfer Partners – the company overseeing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The CIA is openly saying that Russia, including Putin himself, deliberately and successfully hacked Democrats to sway the results of the election in favor of Donald Trump.
I don’t care if Kanye and Jim Brown kiss his ring and take affectionate selfies with Trump every day for the next 4 years, that foolishness means nothing to me. Trump is a terrible human being and his many flagrant violations simply preclude me from ever being able to muster up enough respect to even call the man Mr. Trump. I damn sure what call him President Trump. Not now. Not ever.