As Americans learned throughout the election cycle, Trump is a man fraught by impulsive decisions and gaffes. His first and most famous is when he suggested the Mexican government was sending droves of Mexican rapists and criminals across the border to America on purpose, and most recently when he falsely suggested South Korea was once ‘Part of China– a talking point frequently used by Chinese Nationalists to justify annexation of North Korea if it ever collapses.
As Trump’s presidency moves forwards, we have ample warning from the past that the South Korea gaffe definitely will not be his last accidental insult to our allies. A man who so willingly blames a close ally of sending rapists to America with no evidence is not a man who will exercise due diligence before speaking in public.
Trump has insulted Mexicans, Muslims, disabled people, women, Jews, veterans, parents of a dead American soldier, the list goes on and on. It’s very clear by this point that Trump will never restrain his mouth, independent of whether it hurts or helps America he will always speak what’s on his mind. Usually, this hurts America’s image, badly. Here are a few examples of Trump hurling insults towards innocent Americans:
“He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” July 17, 2015, Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. Trump was referring to Senator John McCain, a former Navy pilot who was tortured during his five-and-a-half years as a POW during the Vietnam war.
“So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of ’em, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise. I promise.” February 1, 2016, rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa offering to pay court fees for any supporter who illegally assaults protesters.
“Now the poor guy, you ought to see this guy. ‘Ah, I don’t know what I said! I don’t remember!’” November 24, 2015, physically mocks New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who has a congenital condition called arthrogryposis that affects his joints.
“Germany owes vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany!” Trump on Twitter, suggesting Germany owes the US large fees over America’s voluntary decision to spend more money on the military than other NATO countries.
Trump has a long history of gaffes and lack of precaution or care when speaking as a President or Presidential candidate, why should we expect him to randomly begin exercising caution now? We’re months into his presidency, and so far he’s already insulted long-time American allies like Korea, Germany, Mexico, and the European Union as a whole. Be prepared for a long slog of Trump gaffes and missteps over the coming months as a care-free President tries to navigate the complicated world of foreign policy.
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