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Opinion: Trump’s bullying is unacceptable

Julia Krurnowski argues that President Donald Trump used bullying strategies to get to where he is and urges readers to stay vigilant about his behavior.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump said, during the campaign, Wait.  Don’t judge him.  Give him a chance.  After all, it’s all a lot of bluster; he doesn’t really mean all that.  He’s only trying to get elected.

But now that he is the president, it’s necessary to stay vigilant about his behavior and not to forget about his serious past words and actions.

During an early debate with U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, Trump demonstrated his bully-like rhetoric when he made a snide remark to Paul. Right after Paul accused Trump of mocking opponents based on their looks, he responded by saying, “I’ve never attacked [Paul] on his looks, and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX9reO3QnUA

Trump demonstrated his attitude toward women when he insulted the only woman Republican presidential candidate, business executive Carly Fiorina, based on her looks. He said, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” These comments speak for themselves, and they truly represent the harassment and antagonizing language that helped Trump earn the presidency. Such language, which appeals to some, could continue to plague this country for the next four years. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-insults-carly-fiorinas-appearance/

At one point, he attacked the looks of Mrs. Heidi Cruz, the wife of then-presidential contender Ted Cruz. There was an advertisement of Melania Trump reportedly posted by the PAC, which Trump believed to be tied with Ted Cruz. He later tweeted, “Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!” Referring to the last tweet, Trump posted an image on Twitter of an unflattering image of Heidi next to Melania that compared her looks to Melania, further demonstrating the bullying upon which he based his entire campaign.  http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/22/politics/ted-cruz-melania-trump-twitter-donald-trump-heidi/

Furthermore, he backed the ridiculous and bigoted “birther” movement, which aimed to call into question the legitimacy of President Barack Obama, the first black president. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/17/us/politics/donald-trump-obama-birther.html

When Trump was confronted with the prospect of using torture methods such as “waterboarding” in the Middle East, he advocated for further techniques of torture. Article 5 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights protects people from “cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment.” I would argue that pouring water to block the airways of a human being is inhumane treatment.http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/

Furthermore, he even advocated for the killing of family members of ISIS members, which, under Article 12, is considered a war crime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWiaYQUV2oM

He appointed Stephen K. Bannon as White House Chief Strategist. Bannon helped run Trump’s campaign, but he is also known as the former chairman of Breitbart News, an ultra-right news website that fuels bigotry and mysogyny. A sample of some of the lovely headlines of Breitbart articles: “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews” or “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Lazy.”

In a research paper, junior Madison Winbush explored the actions of former Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, for his abusive racial attack, on Twitter, of the African-American comedian and actress Leslie Jones, star of the movie, “Ghostbusters.” Twitter shut down his account permanently, but the publication still has a connection to the presidency.  The story is explained here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/07/21/what-it-takes-to-get-banned-from-twitter/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.4b0baade6d74

Then there was the time when Trump mocked a disabled reporter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX9reO3QnUA

These actions speak for themselves, and they should have ended Trump’s bid for the presidency.  But even these actions and deeds, unfortunately, do not resonate with some people. As a country, we should never “normalize” the bigotry and bullying that were and still are a feature of Trump’s rhetoric.

Includes reporting by Madison Winbush.

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2 Responses to “Opinion: Trump’s bullying is unacceptable”

  1. Carolyn Stahl on March 3rd, 2017 9:11 am

    Great piece Julia! Well stated and supported.

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  2. autumn on October 17th, 2017 10:05 pm

    Trumpneeds to grow up. He bullies people to get his way. This is unacceptable for a President

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