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IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING (2016 EDITION) – DONALD IS BULLY AND A PETULANT CHILD


The thing about Donald Trump that is most infuriating to me is that he tries to make us think he is much more than the petulant child than he is.  Let me state this without hesitation.   I know of middle school children that have a better handle on how to behave in most situations than Donald.  He has the temperament of a juvenile.  The country doesn’t need a juvenile in the White House.

Most individuals grow out of the middle school mentality.  Donald has yet to move towards his freshman year.  He suffers from a severe case of arrested development.  You have probably come in contact with someone during your life that, after having a conversation with him or her, you came away thinking that you didn’t understand why they think and act the way they do.  Interaction with that type of person is infuriating.  Generally, you just walk away, shaking your head, hoping that you don’t have to spend a lot of time with them again.

An adult doesn’t interrupt.  In the second debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald interrupted her 55 times.  Not only did he interrupt her constantly, a large portion of his verbal onslaught was made up of lies.  Several times, she made a statement about something he said, and he interrupted with a one word response: “Wrong”.   When she would make a true claim about something he had said earlier, he would deny it in spite of the fact that what he said earlier was exactly what she claimed.

An adult learns to tell the truth.  As mentioned in an earlier post, no one lies as many times as Donald.  He lies about just about everything.   We have all known people who lie constantly.  We all know people that we just can’t trust in any situation.  Donald is provably that person.

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As one grows into adulthood, one usually learns how to handle criticism.  The ability to admit when you are wrong is a sign of maturity.  The ability to control ones anger is a sign that you are no longer in middle school.   Donald has none of these capabilities.  In fact, he brags about the fact that when his statements or actions are called to account, the only response is to fight back.  Someone who has matured in life will tend to evaluate criticism for its validity before responding.  I get that is hard to do, but a mature individual will not respond as Donald does.

My two-year old granddaughter is at that stage where she is learning about sharing.  Lately, I hear her using the word “mine” when her little brother touches something she considers to be hers.   With a little quiet conversation she eventually shares.   Over time, with many such conversations, she will eventually share her things and won’t be bothered by it.  Part of growing up is accepting the fact that one must be kind and courteous to others.  Trump seems to have rejected that notion.  Juvenile behavior towards others is to be expected if one is juvenile.   In adults, that behavior is not only unacceptable, it is infuriating.

His treatment of the former Miss Universe reminds me of why I taught high school instead of junior high. At least with most high school students, the process of maturing is ongoing.  His treatment of a partially disabled member of the press was not only mean and demeaning, it was cruel.  Donald is a bully.  He is that kid you know early on in high school that tended to torment you.  He is that kid who tries to make himself look more important by cutting you down to size.   He is also the kid who didn’t understand why you eventually beat the hell out of him.

The bully will never apply his craft to someone he thinks is his equal.  The bully only mistreats people whom he feels is beneath him on the social ladder.   The bully tries to climb the social ladder by stepping on people who get in his way.  In Trumpland, you bully people by threatening to sue them.  Hence, when 12 women came out with claims that his behavior toward them was unacceptable, he threatened to sue.  That is this bully’s most effective technique.  It will be very interesting to see if the Trump University lawsuit will be won by those whom he cheated.  That lawsuit is an example of using the bully’s favorite method to fight back.

Prior to his nomination, Trump tweeted out an unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz next to a flattering picture of his own wife.   Anderson Cooper called Trump on his behavior during an interview.  Trump responded by saying he thought it was “a nice picture of Heidi”. Cooper pushed back, responding,  “Come on, you are running for President of the United States.  “Look, I didn’t start it,” Trump said. Cooper responded with perhaps the most compelling response by any member of the media this year.  “Sir, with all due respect, that’s the argument of a five-year-old.” Trump immediately protested with a typical juvenile response.  “it is not!”

In three days, Donald will learn America’s response to his juvenile behavior.  Will his candidacy be rejected?  That rejection will come only if Americans stand up to him and put him in his rightful place. The United States can’t afford to have a juvenile in the White House.  Our world can’t afford to have a child filling the position of the most powerful human on the planet.

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