Interestingly, October is bullying prevention awareness month in America, yet Donald Trump continues on his “Offend Everyone” tour.
On CBS Sunday Morning, correspondent Faith Salie perfectly captured the irreverent bully that is Trump (see video). The transcript of her remarks is below — but be sure to watch the video. Her facial expressions are priceless:
First off, apologies, because I’m about to feed the monster and talk about Donald Trump. Not about his politics, but his popularity, which may be waning but is still sizable and worth examining.
The Donald seems to be riding a wave of support from people who enounce “political correctness.” This means they cheer his insults:
“Our leaders are stupid! Our politicians are stupid!“
I don’t really want to repeat his cruel gems of late, but this man who’s running for the most esteemed position in America has very publicly disparaged the appearances of (just for starters) Rosie O’Donnell, Kim Novak, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry and Heidi Klum.
Most recently, of course, he said of Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina:
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
Fiorina offered an incommensurately classy response: “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”
This from a man who says, “I will be so good to women. I cherish women. I will work hard to protect women.”
Perhaps he should protect them from his own nasty words.
Donald Trump, who surely has lots of high-stakes issues on which to focus, is consumed with the appearance of women. Making fun of people’s looks is something that children do — MEAN children — and in fact, linguists have determined that Trump actually speaks like a 3rd grader.
Really, this is bigger than Trump and his ego. (Yes, there IS something bigger than Trump’s ego.) Because it’s about what we all agree is acceptable on the American political and cultural stage.
It’s one thing to decry and defy political correctness in the name of efficiently achieving clarity or revealing an honest truth. But it’s quite another thing entirely to support name-calling and nastiness.
What does that say about us? What does that teach our children?
People who champion Trump say they don’t want politics-as-usual. But “politic” is also an adjective. It means “tactful and diplomatic.” It’s necessary for an elected official to be politic.
Is this a man we want representing and “cherishing” us? His language makes him The Ugly American.
And there you have it in two minutes. If this is what America has come to, everything I’ve been taught my entire life just went out the window … the Ten Commandments and all the Bible verses and Sunday school lessons, the Golden Rule, the desire to remove bullying in our schools — everything I passed along while raising my children to make them respectful citizens of society. So how does that work with this man running for president who disparages women and calls his opponents losers?
The Stomp Out Bullying effort that continues through the end of the month is sorted into weekly goals. For this fourth week, the goals are:
- Creating positive messages on post-its and handing them out to students at school
- Creating anti-bullying videos and sharing them on the STOMP Out Bullying site
- Sharing inspirational stories on the STOMP Out Bullying site
- Creating an act of kindness every day and challenging others to do the same. Make kindness go viral!
Just imagine if we could apply those goals to Donald Trump who wants to represent America to the world, to our children, and to fellow Americans. To paraphrase the anti-drug program, just say no to Trump.
See also Politico’s Donald Trump Talks Like a Third-Grader.