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I’m going to ignore policies in this post. By now, I think we know where each candidate stands on particular issues. I want to focus on their character. The media constantly tells me how Trump is an awful, malignant human being, and that alone should disqualify him for office. I’m then told that Biden is the polar opposite of Trump, and would return prestige and decency to the Oval Office. I don’t agree with this at all. Here’s why:
Work ethic: Donald Trump was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Point against him, but that’s out of his control. He could have lived off of his inheritance for the rest of his life, but he chose to work in a highly competitive industry. I think that says something about character. Joe Biden has been in politics for his entire life. He dabbled in law briefly but otherwise doesn’t have any private sector experience. Thirty years old and he’s going to tell the rest of the world what to do.
Inappropriateness: There are several videos and images of Biden acting strange around women, sometimes underage women. He has been quite liberal with his hands and you can see how uncomfortable these women (and girls) are in the various Biden memes that are out there. Trump almost had his 2016 campaign tanked when the tape came out of him stating that women liked when he “grabbed them by the p***y.” He was making a crude statement, in private, about hypergamy. That’s not the same thing as rape. I do not think Biden is a rapist. But I’ve heard excuses for the way he gropes women such as “that’s just the way men of his generation act.” I ‘ve never seen Trump do anything like that and Trump is almost the same age as Biden.
Ambitions: 2020 will be Biden’s third attempt at the presidency. He campaigned for it as far back as 1987. Trump ran as a Reform Party candidate in 2000 but did not get involved in politics again until his 2016 run. Both men crave power. But with Trump, I believe he ran for president because he accomplished everything else he could in life. I think he saw America heading in the wrong direction and genuinely wanted to get it back on the right course. With Biden, the presidency is a lifelong obsession. I’m not really sure what his ideas on America are because he’s a squishy politician who has flip-flopped on issues for half a century.
Integrity: Plagiarism got Joe Biden into trouble when he was a law student at Syracuse University. He plagiarized papers and ranked 76th out of 85th, and later claimed he was in the top half of his class. His political biography is also riddled with tall tales and fibs, but I’ll cut him some slack on that one because all political bios are trash. Trump “gamed the system” to avoid paying taxes, legally. I find it hard to be upset with someone who figured out (well, who’s accountants figured out) how to keep his own money.
Infidelity: Trump is on his third marriage and has a long history of being unfaithful. Biden may have been involved with his current wife while she was still married to another man. I’ll give the moral victory to Biden on this one.
How they treat others: Biden really set the stage for the “there is no low that is too low” tactics that were used in the Kavanaugh hearings. He was absolutely vicious towards Judge Bork and Judge Thomas in their senate hearings. Biden also used his political power to slander a private citizen. Curtis Dunn was the truck driver who accidentally hit and killed Biden’s first wife and daughter, but was ruled not at fault. Biden later claimed that Dunn was drunk at the wheel, which was ruled out of the police report. Even worse, Biden did this years after Dunn had passed away, so Dunn could not defend his reputation. Cowardly, evil behavior. Trump has mocked reporters for asking dumb questions and has hurled thousands of insults at his political opposition on Twitter. I’m of the opinion that in most of these cases, his opposition had it coming.
I keep hearing how Biden is a gentle soul who will get the country back on a moral path. I keep hearing how his compassion and kindness are without peer. But I’m not seeing it. It’s obvious to me who has the better character.Published in