Surprised? Really? REALLY?
The ONLY thing that surprised me about the latest accusations made by multiple women of sexual predation on the part of Donald Trump is that it surprised ANYONE.
From the very beginning of his campaign, Mr. Trump has shown himself to be a bully, a bigot, a megalomaniac, a xenophobe, and a misogynist. He rants. He raves. His stump speeches are bilious and bellicose affairs in a style reminiscent of the infamous dictator known as il Duce.
Despite the fact that most Americans would find such traits to be deplorable (yes, THAT word, again), Trump, AND his supporters seem to revel in it. Instead of refuting them, he believes that these characteristics label him as an outsider and an Ordinary Joe. His minions seem to agree. "He thinks like I do and speaks his mind - no matter the consequences" is a common response from Trump supporters when asked what it is that they relate to in him the most.
In fact, it's more than just sad. It's depressing and a little frightening that so many people personally identify with such abhorrent attributes. Since when is a bully someone to be admired? When was it "normal" to abuse women? How commendable is an individual who abuses his power and position to stigmatize those who may differ? Who elevates themselves by treating others with disdain and contempt?
I know one - and, his name is Trump.
I am the proud product of two, wonderful parents who taught me to balance confidence with humility - to have compassion for those who suffer - understanding of those who may be different - patience for anyone less fortunate - respect for women - and, perhaps most of all, to exhibit strength of character when faced with adversity.
No matter how hard I have looked, I have not seen one shred of ANY of these attributes in Mr. Trump. In fact, he seems to exhibit characteristics that are the antithesis of these traits. He openly bullies those that may have the temerity to disagree with him. He mocks people with disabilities. He encourages violence against those who would dare report the truth as they see it. And, now, he has shown himself to be sexual predator who abuses his wealth and position to objectify women.
And, millions would look to him to lead.
It is truly unfortunate that so MANY people are willing to look the other way when thinking of Mr. Trump and all of his obvious faults. Mostly, they point to his so-called (and disputable) business acumen as his most important and admirable quality. They also site his outsider status as an attractive alternative to Washington's status quo. Or, it could be that too many simply think as he does.
I shudder to think that may be the case. I prefer to believe as Winston Churchill once said of Americans: "After they've tried everything else, they will always do the right thing".