I remember Karl Rove or some other such RINO sell out making the point that in doing the TV show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”, Mrs Palin had put her ability to win the Presidency further in doubt because it somehow diminished her “gravitas”, evidently an important component in becoming a President.
I would have thought if gravitas was a serious issue, the last person we’d be thinking of as President would be Donald Trump. He walks around looking like he’s got a bleached animal’s carcass on his head. He was patron and star of a silly reality show that IMHO has a threshold of dignity far below that of Sarah Palin’s Alaska. He has also made appearances as a caricatured version of himself in television series and films- Home Alone 2, Lost in New York, The Nanny, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Days of our Lives. Mostly the worst kind of trashy entertainment.
Trump is a known World Wrestling Entertainment fan. He has hosted two WrestleMania events in the Trump Plaza and has been an active participant in several of the shows. World Wrestling is well known for its gravitas.
In 1977, Trump married Ivana Zelničkova and together they have three children. They were divorced in 1992. In 1993, he married Marla Maples. They divorced on June 8, 1999. In January 2005, he married Melania Knauss, Trump’s junior by 24 years. Three wives, one who is 24 years younger. Even more gravitas.
After a good start in property development, Trump bought the Taj Mahal Casino from the Crosby family, then took it into bankruptcy. Further unwise expansion, both personal and business, led to mounting debt. Trump Hotels has been forced to seek voluntary bankruptcy protection to stay afloat. After the company applied for Chapter 11 Protection in November 2004, Trump was forced out as CEO.
In October 2007, Trump appeared on Larry King Live and delivered a strong criticism of then-United States President George W. Bush, particularly concerning the Iraq War. He also predicted that Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton would win the Republican and Democratic Presidential nominations, respectively, and said that he would be very supportive of either of them being elected President.
On the plus side? He’s pro life, anti both gun control and foreign aid, and has a realistic perspective on China. Nevertheless, I find it gob smacking that people who say that Sarah Palin lacks gravitas or is “unqualified” to be President are prepared to gush over the Donald. In pure respectability, the hard working down to earth never divorced mother of five children has to be a light years ahead of Trump.
Finally though, how can anyone supporting the Republican party seriously consider also supporting someone who gave $50,000 to Obama’s good buddy and recently retired second Lieutenant, Rahm “never let a good crisis go to waste” Emanuel in his campaign for Mayor of Chicago? Trump as President of the USA would just be a joke, and more a sick joke one than a funny one.