Our President Has A Little ‘Splaining To Do

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Wouldn’t it be great if President Donald Trump could sit down with a reporter and provide candid answers to just of few of the questions that he’s raised in recent years? Surely, we all have questions about what he was thinking when he said some rather puzzling things.

Let’s see if we’ve got this one right. He paid a woman to sleep with him, then paid her not to tell anyone about it, and now he’s calling her “Horseface?”

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Please forgive me if this sounds sexist, but he’s criticizing the looks of a woman he paid so much to sleep with him?

Years ago, when he owned the Miss Universe beauty contest, he repeatedly criticized a former Miss Universe, Alicia Muchado, calling her “Miss Piggy” for putting on too much weight. This, from a man who weighs over 230 pounds, which he goes to great lengths to hide when he appears in public.

During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, he cruelly criticized one of his rivals, Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?”

This, coming from a man with an orange complexion and the world’s most elaborate combover.

We all know the proverb, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Donald Trump is a born critic. Perhaps he might be curious about how it feels to be criticized. Here’s what I would suggest: Mr. President, the next time you visit Mar a Lago, I dare you to go poolside wearing a bathing suit.

As much criticism as Trump has directed at women, perhaps his most famous target was a man. He found fault with war hero John McCain for being captured after the plane he was piloting was shot down over North Vietnam.

In 2015, this is what Trump said about McCain: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

While McCain was enjoying life in a POW camp, heroic Trump was evading capture by the North Vietnamese by obtaining four deferments for flat feet, which entitled him to 4F draft status.

One of the great things about America is that we can find good in every person – even Donald Trump. After all, look at all the women, Christian fundamentalists, and war veterans who voted for him.

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About the Author

Steve Slavin
Steve Slavin has a Ph.D. in economics from NYU, and has written twenty math and economics books, including “The Great American Economy: How Inefficiency Broke It, and What We Can Do to Fix it.” The 12th edition of his introductory economics text came out in September.

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