I’m not a sore loser. For my entire life, I have called the man who won the presidential election, be they a Democrat or a Republican, by their rightful title of President of the United States. I didn’t vote for Ronald or either George, but to me they were always President Reagan and President Bush. Under no circumstance will I be calling Donald Trump “President Trump,” or “Mr. President,” “POTUS,” “King,” or any other title that he may very well claim as his own.
I do not respect Donald Trump. Furthermore, my self-respect is not trumped by my respect for the office he will soon presumably hold. In fact, my respect for the office itself has deteriorated to almost nothing as each passing day brings him closer to it.
He is the man Mitt Romney described as “a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”
He is the man Rick Perry described as a “barking carnival act.”
He is the man Michael Bloomberg described as a “demagogue,” and added, “I’m a New Yorker. And I know a con when I see one.”
He is dangerous and disgusting. He is an offensive, conniving, self-absorbed, misogynistic bigot. He is a self-obsessed liar. He is a gross and gaudy materialist. He is an arrogant, thin-skinned, egomaniac.
Over the course of the primaries and presidential campaign, PolitiFact, the widely respected nonpartisan political watchdog, evaluated 340 different statements made by Donald Trump. Sixty-one of them were outrageous “pants on fire” lies. An astounding 114 of them were absolutely false. Another 63 were mostly false. That means 70% of the unique statements made by Donald Trump and fact-checked by Politifact were mostly false, completely false, or outrageous lies. Another 51 of those statements were deemed to be only half true. When it was all said and done, only 4% of what Donald Trump said was determined to be completely true.
His first wife, in a sworn deposition, stated that in a rage he raped and assaulted her. Ivana later said she didn’t want her description to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.
He then began an affair with his soon-to-be second wife while he was married to his first wife.
He has no moral compass. His life is not guided by any redeemable ethics or values.
While he was married to his third wife, he was recorded openly bragging about his attempts to sleep with other married women, then proceeded to explain how he forces himself on women he is attracted to by kissing them without permission and, when he wants, Trump stated that he will “grab them by the p—y.”
At least 16 different women have now accused this man of either sexual assault or sexual harassment. Many of these women told their friends and family about the incidents when they took place at various points over the past few decades.
Donald Trump’s lack of personal morality alone prevents me from having any respect for the man. His election was not a magic potion for me in which I now suddenly forget what he has said and done to so many women. It might work that way for Mitt Romney or Ted Cruz, but I’m simply not willing to look past these things. None of us should.
In the primaries, Donald Trump shared a white supremacist meme falsely claiming that 81% of white murder victims are killed by African-Americans. This was a complete fabrication. The overwhelming majority of all murder victims are killed by people within their own race. In the wake of sharing this, he refused to apologize for the damage it caused or its inaccuracy. That’s not his way.
He has done these things over and over and over and over again. Fortune Magazine did an entire spread on his online ties to white supremacists. White supremacists have openly professed their love and admiration of him. Neo-Nazi’s openly performed the Nazi salute in response to his victory.
Donald Trump openly proposed banning all Muslims from entering the United States. He bragged that he would deport 450,000 undocumented immigrants per month for 24 straight months until they were all gone.
His campaign was built on the momentum of these early xenophobic promises. It was what allowed him to separate from the pack of his 17 different opponents.
Again, the man made himself an enemy of the people I know and love.
His election has not stopped his foolishness.
He attacked the cast of Hamilton on Twitter. He repeatedly attacks the cast of “Saturday Night Live” on Twitter. He attacked a union leader on Twitter. He told outright lies about the millions and millions of fake votes that were cast in the presidential election.
Worse than that, he has appointed Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist. Bannon is a vulgar, abusive, allegedly anti-Semitic, white supremacist bigot. Companies all over the world are blacklisting the company that Steve Bannon most recently oversaw, Breitbart, because they are deeming it to violate their rules for hate speech.
This month alone Donald Trump has twice invited Allen West to Trump Tower in spite of the fact that West shared a meme on his Facebook page advocating for the full extermination of all Muslims from the world.
He nominated a new head of the Environmental Protection Agency who has actively sued the EPA.
He nominated executive after executive from Goldman Sachs in spite of saying during the campaigns that Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton would be beholden to the firm.
He nominated Rick Perry to head up the Department of Energy when Perry himself famously said he would disband the department. Furthermore, Perry sits on the board of Energy Transfer Partners — the company overseeing the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The nominated the CEO of ExxonMobil to be his Secretary of State.
The CIA is openly saying that Russia, who is a close ally to the CEO of Exxon Mobil, deliberately and successfully fought against Hillary Clinton to sway the results of the election in favor of Donald Trump.
I don’t care if Kanye and Jim Brown kiss his ring and take affectionate selfies with Trump every day for the next four years, that foolishness means nothing to me. Trump is a terrible human being and his many flagrant violations simply preclude me from ever being able to muster up enough respect to even call the man Mr. Trump. I damn sure won’t call him President Trump. Not now. Not ever.