Donald Trump is a businessman with no political experience, yet he is currently the front-runner of the Republican Party. Much has been said about him and his appeal to voters. I would argue that too much is actually being said of Trump. Any presidential candidate whose policies include banning members of an entire religion from entering the country and forcing the Mexican government to finance a wall on the Mexican-American border should never be taken seriously enough to be reported on, but that is all part of Trump's appeal. The media seems drawn to his often ridiculous and grandiose claims. The more ridiculous Trump becomes is the more the media seems to report on him.
When Trump first launched his campaign I did not take him seriously as a candidate and up until this point I still have not taken him seriously, but perhaps that was a mistake. Perhaps the best way to truly explain why Trump is not the best candidate for the presidency is by seriously assessing him. He probably deserves that much. After all, according to Sarah Palin, Donald Trump is a "revolutionary." That's right. The man who once fired Dennis Rodman and Terrell Owens on celebrity apprentice is a revolutionary. There's George Washington, the general of the American Revolutionary War, which led America to achieving its independence from Britain. There's Toussaint L'Ouverture, another military general who led Haiti to achieving its independence from France. And then there's Donald Trump, the man who once fought Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania. The revolution in Grenada toppled the repressive government of Eric Gairy. The revolution in France toppled an exploitative monarchy. I am not sure which repressive political system Trump is revolting against, but he seems to have Palin convinced.
Whereas Hillary Clinton brings actual foreign policy experience from her time as Secretary of State, Trump assures us that he will get tough on China and get tough on Mexico. What are his qualifications? Aside from being a great negotiator, which Trump wrote a book on, I suppose we are left to assume that his bitter feud with Rosie O'Donell has perhaps prepared him to deal with the likes of Vladimir Putin, Li Keqiang, and Enrique Peña Nieto. Maybe he will force Mexico into paying for the wall that Trump wants to build by using insults or perhaps getting into disputes over Twitter.
"Many of the great scholars" agree with Trump's position on "anchor babies." In fact, the number of scholars that agree with Trump on this issue is so large he apparently is unable to actually name any of them. Trump perhaps has to rely on this "scholars" because for as much as he boasts about the fact that he went to Wharton, he only spent two of his four years of undergraduate study at Wharton. The same Trump who pressed Obama to release his Harvard transcripts, was apparently not a particularly outstanding student at Wharton. I am not one who thinks a person's college grades should necessarily be scrutinized as a means of assessing how prepared one is for leadership--after all there are former presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, and William McKinley that never graduated from college at all--but Trump boasts about what a great school Wharton is as if his merely going there represents some sort of achievement. And if one's formal education should be used as qualification for the presidency then doesn't Hilary Clinton's postgraduate degree from Yale make her more qualified than Trump?
Trump's main qualification (actually his only qualification) is that he's a billionaire, and even then he isn't among the richest in the country. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have more money than he does, so wouldn't that make them more qualified to help America to win again? In fact, there are many people that are more successful businessmen than Trump is from a financial standpoint.
What exactly is Trump's track-record with winning. He's a billionaire and successful businessman, but like I said he is not the richest. He's also filed for bankruptcy multiple times. He didn't win his his lawsuit against Timothy O'Brien, and he didn't even bother following up with his lawsuit against Bill Maher. Trump questioned President Obama's citizenship, and it is very clear who got the best of that affair. But Trump did manage to defeat Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania, so perhaps that counts for something.
This is where we are now in politics. Trump couldn't properly manage Trump "University," yet he has convinced enough people that he will singlehandedly make America great again by taking on China, Mexico, ISIS, and other threats to America's greatness. As difficult as I find it to take Trump seriously as a presidential candidate, I find that once his qualifications for the position are seriously assessed it only reveals just how underwhelming Trump is as a candidate. He boasts of how he will make America great again and how he will make America win again, but based on his record America on under Trump will probably either go bankrupt or simply fade out of existence like Trump University did.
Dwayne is the author of several books on the history and experiences of African people, both on the continent and in the diaspora. His books are available through Amazon. You can also follow Dwayne on Facebook.