Columnist: Does Donald Trump bring out the worst in Americans?

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 5, 2016

By Glenn Dowell

Contributing columnist

The results are now in. Trump’s performance in state primaries, including Super Tuesday, seems to indicate that he has a broad base of support among voters in the United States.

His popularity has frightened many Republican leaders who believe that the party is already in need of a public relations blitz to prove that it is one of inclusion rather than divisiveness. Trump’s childish behavior during the presidential debates has truly frustrated party leaders who say his antics have given credence to media reports that the party is, in fact, fragile and divided.

His continued successes at the polls has surprised Republicans, who are now forced with the task of how to shut down one of their own. In fact, several senior party leaders have already stated that they would not vote for or support Trump were he to become the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

Party leaders are also discussing the possibility of a third-party candidate to throw their support behind, rather than a presidential candidate they feel would certainly be an embarrassment to the country. Some party leaders have gone so far as to even call him a phony and fraud, and believe that voters are suckers to believe in his message of “making America great again.”

They believe he has conned American voters as he has conned those who attended his unaccredited business school, called Trump University. It had been discovered that Trump University received a “D” rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Pursuant to the activities of Trump University, the attorney general of New York filed a $40 million lawsuit against the business on behalf of 5,000 students who felt that they had been cheated or defrauded. A former presidential candidate — Mitt Romney, in fact — believes that Trump is not the successful businessman he claims to be. Romney, in a recent press conference, stated that Trump’s many bankruptcies ruined small businesses and that he is not good for America.

Even in spite of Trump’s critics, he continues to be a favorite of those who believe he openly says what other political candidates are afraid to say.

It certainly does not appear that Trump has any regard for being politically correct. He offends women and is called a misogynist, he appeals to the Ku Klux Klan, he is foul-mouthed and even speaks disparagingly of his own party.

Civil rights leaders believe that if Donald Trump is elected as president, he would further destabilize race relations in the country that would result in unimaginable racial tensions. Although some political pundits are quick to say that Trump’s supporters are not necessarily college-educated, it can also be noted that 20 percent of them don’t think Abraham Lincoln’s decision to free enslaved Africans during the Civil War was the right thing to do, according to a recent Economist/YouGov poll (

It must be noted that Trump supporters are endorsing a candidate who could become the leader of the most powerful nation on the face of the earth that happens to be guilty of having labeled Mexican immigrants as “criminals” and “rapists,” advocated banning Muslims from the U.S., referred to black people as “thugs” and repeatedly used sexist language.

Trump is not the only Republican, however, that has given the impression that the party is insensitive to blacks and other cultures. Nine Republican congressmen voted recently against naming a North Carolina post office branch after Maya Angelou, with one lawmaker calling the award-winning poet and Pulitzer Prize nominee “a communist sympathizer.”

All of these antics by Republicans give rise to the impression that the party that was once affectionately called the party of Lincoln is in need of a comprehensive overhaul. Within this considerable disarray and infighting, Trump, the self-proclaimed leader, has become an unintended force to be reckoned with by party leaders.

Trump: “If I say do, they’re going to do”

At the March 3, 2016, political debate among candidates hosted by Fox, a moderator asked Trump about an interview with former National Security Agency and CIA director Michael Hayden, in which Hayden said the U.S. military might refuse orders that Trump has contemplated, including plans to kill the family members of Islamic terrorists. The response was Trump in rare form: “They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me,” Trump said. “If I say do, they’re going to do it.”

Trump has been called a bully, a spoiled brat, and in the future, may ultimately be called the president of the United States of America. Do you really understand what Donald Trump is referring to as he continues to say that he will make America great again?

Will he?

Glenn Dowell is an author and LaGrange native who currently lives in Jonesboro. He may be reached at