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Reality Check: Our Past Presidents v. Trump


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As the presidential election draws near, both democrats and republicans are up in arms about the recent vulgar statements made by Donald Trump. If you aren’t sure what Trump said, I advise you to do a quick Google search or just turn on the TV for five minutes. That a man like Donald Trump has even made it this far in the race for president is shocking and devastating news for our country. It’s not that our country has never been rocked by scandal in the past. In fact, back in the nascent days of our country, founding father, Alexander Hamilton, had an affair with Maria Reynolds, a scandal he personally wrote about in the Reynolds Pamphlet.

However, never before have we had such a lewd, sexist, racist and uncontrollable person get so close to the most powerful position in the country. While our presidents have never been perfect-Recall Nixon and Watergate and Clinton and Monica-so many of our presidents have been true leaders and have won the love of our country’s people by being wise, diplomatic and true to the American spirit. The vast difference between our past presidents and Trump can be seen in some of the august statements made by our previous leaders relative to the kinds of statements made by Trump:

George Washington: Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.

John Adams: Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.

Abraham Lincoln: I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.

Franklin Roosevelt: Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

Ronald Regan: There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.

Barack Obama: We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.

Now, compare these statements to those made by Trump:

Donald Trump: You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.

Donald Trump: Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.

Donald Trump: When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists…

Donald Trump: The beauty of me is that I’m very rich.

Donald Trump: The point is, you can never be too greedy.

And, the latest…..

Donald Trump: Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.

As you can see, there is a stark difference between Trump and our previous presidents. I’m not here to tell you how to vote, but I can at least advice you to think deeply over the matter.

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