We see Trump’s true colours

DEREK GOFORTHMidwest Times
Donald Trump after a round of golf on Sunday.
Camera IconDonald Trump after a round of golf on Sunday. Credit: Steve Helber/AP

So firstly, this is an opinion piece and any views within are purely my own, no one else’s and do not represent the views of any organisation.

Why bother even mentioning that? Well because I am going to talk about possibly the most controversial subject in the media at the moment — Donald Trump and the US election.

Also, as an Aussie and UK citizen I speak from a certain level of ignorance but being a member of the human race, I do feel the result of the November 3 election will affect all of us.

We all know by now Joe Biden has claimed victory but outgoing president Mr Trump has yet to concede defeat, with a raft of legal challenges on the horizon.

Many see recent elections and the 2020 US poll as being prime examples of media driven events, with major news networks sometimes explicitly voicing their support for a particular candidate.

Both Trump and Biden had their fair share of mud slung at them years before the first voter went to the polling booths.

I am not stupid enough to believe everything I see or read, but I still can not rationalise why anyone in good conscience could vote for Donald Trump. Why?

Because I can’t find any sort of balance to indicate that he is a man of good enough moral fibre to lead “the free world”.

It’s difficult to name “facts” because in politics and business facts seem so hard to come by, obfuscated by opinion and rhetoric.

But Trump has openly boasted about his dubious treatment of women and people from minority groups.

His handling of coronavirus or, as he repeatedly calls it, the “China virus” is what his first (and last) term as president may be remembered by.

Now I feel blessed to have the leaders we do, both in WA and in Federal Parliament. We have seen strong leadership, (for the most part) and a clear well-thought-out message to our country.

I honestly cannot say that Trump has been anywhere near it. His refusal or reluctance to wear a mask or his mixed signals about masks at his rallies? Or the fact he still held rallies at all?

Or perhaps it’s his handling of difficult interviews? If handling is the correct word? You see the bullying type behaviours that he often displays, particularly when dealing with female reporters as a signal of a much deeper issue.

Does he really believe his rhetoric about fake news (any time the news does not report on him in a favourable way).

Or is it all a huge smokescreen to mask his administration’s lack of real progress? I don’t consider myself a judgmental person.

But if I knew one of my friends was a Trump supporter, I would be asking some serious questions about our friendship “compatibility”.

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