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Article / 10 August 2016 at 10:30 GMT

Trump not fit to be US president

Managing editor, TradingFloor.com / Saxo Bank
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  • Donald Trump under fire after thinly veiled threat to rival Hillary Clinton
  • Clinton wants to remove second amendment right to bear arms
  • Trump comments resemble ISIS' call to action to loners and malcontents
  • Belief that Trump can be shackled not borne out by Hitler precedent
  • Republican nominee simply not fit to become US president

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Every time he opens it, he puts his foot in it. Photo: iStock

By Martin O'Rourke

Do we honestly need any more evidence that Republican candidate Donald Trump is simply not fit for a role as pivotal and responsible as president of the United States of America?

His thinly veiled threat to Hillary Clinton that she might face an assassination attempt if she moves to abolish the second amendment if victorious in November shows him up for the gutter-infested and yet highly-dangerous imbecile that he is.

Let's be clear here. He's rambled on in the past in deeply offensive terms about Muslims, Mexicans, the Chinese, and Europeans as well as his own rivals for the Republican nomination but this is on another level altogether.

Inciting people to take the law into their own hands as he did on Tuesday is beyond deeply irresponsible. In a highly charged global environment where terror or the fear of terror holds sway in so many parts of the world, Trump has lit the fire for someone to take action that would have unspeakable consequences for the US and likely beyond.

Is his call any different from that of ISIS' recruitment of a seeming never-ending army of malcontents and loners through the western world to disrupt, paralyse and indeed even annihilate ordinary citizens in the name of a zealous cause?

Look at the words he uses specifically. "If she [Clinton] gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”

Clumsy? That looks like a difficult conclusion to draw. That last line in particular — "that will be a horrible day" — smacks of someone who fully understands the implications of what he is saying and wants that thought to hang in the air, infiltrating the mind of someone potentially driven enough to act upon the sentiment.

In a country where John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Ronald Reagan survived an attempt and where the fractious dividing line over gun ownership gets ever deeper embroiled in controversy by the latest mass slaughter of innocents or by elements throughout the police force that seems incapable of seeing young, black men as anything other than criminals, it is a call to pure hatred.

In the world of markets, should we care? After all, the dollar will presumably continue to thrive as the globe's currency of choice and the US economy is still some way ahead of a really serious challenge from China even if Saxo Bank chief economist Steen Jakobsen asserts that the day of reckoning is coming.

But the very real possibility that the US electorate might put this man in charge of the nuclear button in November should give cause for us all to shudder. This is not the World Wrestling Entertainment ring.

It was said in 1933 that Adolf Hitler, once in power, would be shackled by the forces of conservatism that would smother his radicalism and enable the regime to pick off the perceived real enemies of the state, namely international Bolshevism.

We all know how that ended.

Likewise, can we honestly predict what would happen under a Trump presidency? There is every chance that we could end up in a scenario where, frankly, markets might be the least of our concerns.

All rationality seems to suggest that Trump has to fail given his propensity for foot-in-mouth syndrome. Yet, with a frankly unpopular rival in Clinton, he still has a chance. Let's hope that prospect dwindles as we head towards November 8.

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Did he really say that? Photo: iStock

Martin O'Rourke is managing editor at Saxo Bank

10 August
Gord Vancouver Gord Vancouver
Well researched. Well thought out. Well said.
10 August
Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
Thank you Gord Vancouver :-)
10 August
Jim Earls Jim Earls
Is Hillary Clinton fit to be the U.S. President?
10 August
Jim Earls Jim Earls
I guess the other question is does it even matter? It appears the Republicans will take a large majority in the House and Senate this year, possibly even enough to overturn prior legislation like ACA.
10 August
Michael O'Neill Michael O'Neill
Great article Martin. US voters have a choice of eating really rotten meat ore just badly tainted meat. Watch the libertarian candidate amass a ton of votes.
10 August
Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
Jim Earls, it's a very good point. Certainly if she was up against a more palatable candidate, she'd be really struggling. The fact that she is struggling anyway probably says everything we need to know about her suitability for the role.
10 August
Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
Michael O'Neill indeed. Perhaps a healthier plate of vegetables and fruit on the side might prove easier to stomach :-)
10 August
Mig13 Mig13
Ever thought... if trump was selected on purpose so miss can have a sure win.
The first time I noticed trump was running for president I asked the people present at that time if this was a joke.
It is a a shame a nation of ( I don't know??? ) 300 or more million people have to choose between either.
Sort of like makes me wonder about human kind.
What the .... is wrong with us.
10 August
Georgio Stoev Georgio Stoev
Neither is HRC. It's up to the US voters to decide the lesser evil:)
10 August
Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
Yep. The fact he is still in the race speaks volumes.
10 August
Georgio Stoev Georgio Stoev
I think we can take the risk with him- it's only 4 years. Nothing will really change lol:)
10 August
Clare MacCarthy Clare MacCarthy
@Georgio - This is the man who asked "If we have nuclear weapons why can't we use 'em?"
10 August
Jorge123999 Jorge123999
And G.Bush? Was him prepared to fit US Presidency???
11 August
Moot Moot
Curious how much the author personally kicked into the Clinton Foundation?
11 August
Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
@Moot, this article was written in the light of Trump's comments on Tuesday and so specifically focused on that. I think it is clear enough in this opinion piece (and it is my opinion, not necessarily the bank's) that I'm no great fan of Clinton either. We will be assessing her suitability for the role of president in the near future too on TradingFloor.
11 August
Perspicaciously historical Perspicaciously historical
Another article specifically focusing on Trump's Tuesday comments, yet miss the entire point of what he said and instead take it as a threat from him. You reference pass assassinations/attempts and Hitler, and imply Trump will be the next Hitler. Yet you ignore the well documented list of 50 assassinations that surround the Clintons (the number grew by several in just the last 30 days alone), and the multiple govts toppled and wars Hillary has supported as Secretary, yet Trump was against the Iraq war and toppling of Middle East govts unlike Hillary, (not to mention the Balkans weapons deals Gore/Clinton family did during Bill's presidency) and zero names surround Trump as political assassination victims. Hillary receives $ to her Foundation from terrorist nations like Saudi Arabia (her largest contributor 10s of millions) etc, but Trump doesn't, so who is more likely to be like Hitler? Hitler demanded gun registration, then confiscation, then genocide in his own country.
11 August
Perspicaciously historical Perspicaciously historical
Both candidates have big flaws, and I personally wish for someone different, but to keep the focus on your article I pose 4 questions: 1) Who is ALREADY most like Hitler? 2) Is it rational to fear the "what if" with more intensity than the "already is"? 3) Trump said 2nd amendment people could do a horrible thing, and since you agree that's a legitimate threat (you cite JFK, Reagan) then by your own logic you are making the same observation he is by saying it's possible, and now by your own logic you are issuing the same threat you claim he is making by merely agreeing it is a possibility, aren't you? 4th) Or is the danger she faces that he said could horribly happen, based on American history (European or World History for that matter), not rational, absurd, and would never happen if Hillary sought to abolish the 2nd Amendment? ....p.s. if you say it couldn't happen, then it isn't a legitimate theat. If you say it could happen, then you're as "bad" as Trump
11 August
Bill_K Bill_K
Thank you Martin for this very well written piece. I'm still waiting to hear why Trump won't release his tax returns when all other candidates have done so to show they have nothing to hide. What is Trump hiding?
12 August
Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
@Perspicaciously historical, thanks for your comments and I'll try to respond to them as best as I can. First of all, its not difficult to glean from the article that I don't think highly of Hillary Clinton and you will notice in my response to Moot, that we fully intend to assess her suitability for the role of president too in the near future, but this article was a specific response to comments made by Donald Trump and this article was therefor about his candidacy for the most important role in the western world in the light of those comments. We are after all an opinions-led platform which is inevitably fed by current events. On the four points you list, let me say the following. 1&2) My concern was more about the complacency among elites that people like Trump can be controlled once in power. In that sense, the parallel with the context that allowed Hitler to gain power is obvious when the Bismarckian elites/Prussian junkers or whatever you might like to call them thought....
12 August
Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
...he could be shackled. Whether Trump (or indeed Clinton) would go on to mirror Hitler wasn't the main point. But do remember that Hitler was perceived as relatively respectable in 1933 when he became chancellor of the Weimar Republic and only when his power approached something absolute did something altogether different emerge. Points 3&4) I frankly cannot get my head around — I've certainly not threatened anyone and don't get your logic.
12 August
Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
Finally, you say I misinterpreted his comments. What then do you think was the point Trump was trying to make?
13 August
Adam Courtenay Adam Courtenay
This topic will run and run. An interesting thought, tackled in part by Michael McKenna. The single best explanation for the rise of mr crazy is that over the four years to 2013, the real income of the top 1 per cent of American households rose by 17.4 per cent, while that of the bottom 99 per cent rose by 0.7 per cent, giving the top few 85 per cent of the growth.
Another country where the gap between high and low incomes has widened is Britain. Trump is crazy and Britain did a crazy thing. There's a connection, I think...
13 August
Perspicaciously historical Perspicaciously historical
I agree, Hitler was a real wolf in sheeps clothing with amazing charisma at his political beginnings, and even British/USA intelligence thought he could be controlled, but he turned against them. Hitler, Mao, and FDR all came to power the same year in some regards, and with similar political leanings in many aspects. I know you made no threat, and I'm saying Trump made no threat--you and he both simply made observations (you both observed), but if observations nowadays equal threats, then everybody is just wayyyy too politically correct touchy. Trump said "second amendment people" could do something--that's not a threat unless he is including himself in "second amendment people", and then AFTER figuring that out, then we can figure out what he meant "second amendment people" could do that would be horrible. No need to assume murder. If she was Pres, and she tried to destroy the 2nd amendment, then she'd likely be impeached bc there would be absolute grounds for it ==that's horrible!
13 August
Perspicaciously historical Perspicaciously historical
If she tried to get the judicial branch to destroy 2nd amendment, then the legal battles that would ensue would be off the charts at every level when U.S. court systems are already a mess!--horrible! Her enraging 90million 2nd amendment supporters would cause a political civil war against the democrats sooo intense there would be insane protests, riots, dirty politics--civil unrest off the charts a true political civil war. Lastly, USA's "Founding Father's" said abolish any govt that takes 2nd amendment away (history shows genocide by govt usually happens after disbarment aka Hitler and a host of others), and if she tried forcefully taking arms away there would without a doubt be literal massive blood shed (this is an honest observation, and not a threat by Trump or anybody else would admits it) not seen since the American Civil War. When Hurrican Katrina happened troops tried disarming by force even the elderly who were using arms as defense against looters/rapists/etc and as a
14 August
Perspicaciously historical Perspicaciously historical
response pro 2nd amendment types "woke up". USA founding fathers said main reason for 2nd amend is for citizens to protect themselves from their own govt if it becomes tyrannical. Trump is saying that Hillary is sooo hell bent against the 2nd amend that she will throw the USA into a bloody civil war just so she can accomplish her lifelong agenda, and she will do it with full knowledge knowing exactly what she's doing. Just think about it--what would REALLY happen if she fulfills her campaign promises (on record numerous times saying if her judicial picks can't erase 2nd amend, then she'll use executive orders) of erasing the 2nd amendment--how exactly would she accomplish it?? Horrible consequences for the ENTIRE USA. He is stating the obvious--she has literal Civil War as a campaign promise, and that makes her absolutely unfit bc 1st priority as Pres is to keep USA citizens safe. (thankfully I won't be anywhere near the USA if/when that happens).
14 August
Perspicaciously historical Perspicaciously historical
Refugee crisis further proves anti-arms laws don't protect lawful citizens, yet she demands refugees be permitted in without background or health precautions taken. Try naming a war Hillary didn't support?? Now make a list of the wars Trump has supported?? When it comes to regards for human life Hillary scores zero: pro-war in every war, pro-abortion at every stage, sacrificing troops Benghazi, threatening Civil War, against refugee disease screening, assassinations surround the Clintons for decades. A civilization is scored on it's ability to protect life from the youngest to the elderly. ...so if Hillary threatens to erase 2nd amend, then how can she accomplish that without the last stage in that process being massive loss of life?-She can't. Trump is stating the obvious, and he is saying things always go horribly around a tyrant.
14 August
Perspicaciously historical Perspicaciously historical
I heard one of Trump's closest advisors say that Trump honestly fears for USA if H is elected, bc Hillary has a lifelong track record of accomplishing her goals regardless of cost to others aka sociopath/psychopath/tyrant.This isn't a conspiracy theory, it's one of her campaign promises to donors. Many Americans fear their govt is preparing to disarm the populace bc of the Billions of rounds of non-Geneva convention ammo the govt has purchased the last few years, and the executive orders Pres O has signed (including this year where he called for E.U. police force to take charge of all American police forces, and did exec order aimed at that). The lawful majority won't disarm peacefully to become at the mercy of the unlawful minority, nor at the mercy of a govt who they believe wants to protect them as poorly as Merkel would. The top google search trend's lately have been: "Dinesh Dsouza's film Hillary's America", and "what has Hillary accomplished in her life or career"
14 August
Perspicaciously historical Perspicaciously historical
....the film documents her non-patriotism, and lack of accomlishments except for self gain---clearly she is unfit to be Pres, and currently the biggest danger America faces, according to Trump. I hope you have a great weekend, and thank you for a thought provoking, conversation inducing opinion piece!
14 August
evroom1 evroom1
Trump may be an idiot , but then you display all the same the same type of fear mongering that he does. Hitler, really? Is that the best your narrow minded liberal theology can come up with? The liberals like yourself trot out Hitler every time a conservative shows up and have done so for the last 30 years. You Sir are a large part of the reason we get people like Trump.
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