Donald Trump Voters, Just Hear Me Out – The New York Times

While I’ve opposed the Trump candidacy from the start, I’ve never disparaged Trump voters. Some are friends and neighbors; they’re all fellow Americans. We should take their concerns serioly. But we should also demand that they be serio, that they draw distinctions between these two presidential candidates. Yes, is a fed leader — but in the way so many presidents were. We know her fs: She has a weakness for secrecy, occasionally fudges truths, has fawning aides and a hband who lacks discipline when it comes to moneymaking and women. But she is not indecent, and that is an important distinction. And she’s studio, has sought out people of substance on every issue and has taken the job of running for president serioly. Trump is not only a fed politician, he’s an indecent human being. He’s boasted of assaulting women — prompting 11 to come forward to testify that he did jt that to them; his defense is that he could not have assaulted these women becae they weren’t pretty enough. He’s created a university that was charged with defrauding its students. He’s been charged with discriminating against racial minorities in his rental properties. He’s stiffed countless vendors, from piano sellers to major contractors. He’s refed to disclose his tax returns becae they likely reveal that he’s paid no federal taxes for years, is in bed with dodgy financiers and doesn’t give like he says to charity. He’s compared the sacrifice of parents of a soldier killed in Iraq to his “sacrifice” of building tall buildings. He’s vowed, if elected, to prosecute his campaign rival. We have never seen such behaviors in a presidential candidate. At the same time, Trump has shown no ability to talk about any policy issue with any depth. Harlan Coben’s debate-night tweet last month had it right: “On Aleppo he sounds like a fifth grader giving a book report on a book he never read.” I understand why many Trump supporters have lost faith in Washington and want to jt “shake things up.” When you shake things up with a studied plan and a clear idea of where you want to get to, you can open new futures. But when you shake things up, guided by one-liners and no moral compass, you can cae enormo instability and systemic vertigo.

Trump supporters, particularly less-educated white males, should be wary of his blter: His policies won’t help them. Trump promises to bring their jobs back. But most of their jobs didn’t go to a Mexican. They went to a microchip.

The idea that large numbers of manual factory jobs can be returned to America if we put up a wall with Mexico or renegotiate our trade deals is a fantasy. Trump ignores the fact that manufacturing is still by far the largest sector of the U.S. economy. Indeed, our factories now produce twice what they did in 1984 — but with one-third fewer workers.

Trump can’t change that. Machines and software will keep devouring, and spawning, more work of all kinds.

Trump wants to make America great in ways that are jt not available anymore. “What do we have to lose” by trying his way? Trump s. The answer is: everything that actually makes great. When the world gets this fast, small errors in navigation have huge consequences.

While Clinton has failed to inspire, her instincts and ideas will keep hewing to basically the right course. And however great her fs, she is still in the zone of human decency. Trump is not.

We can never be great as a country with a president with the warped values of Donald Trump.

Source: Donald Trump Voters, Just Hear Me Out – The New York Times

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