The candidate, in his own words


So far, I have two books to my credit. I would say I write for a living, but bluntly, if I had to live on what I make for writing, I’d be a lot skinnier. As in starving. But writing a lot gives you a lot of exercise for your imagination.

As overdeveloped as that imagination is, I simply can’t imagine our country with Donald Trump as President of the United States. Here are a few of the things the man has said—and they are all on the record. You cannot make this stuff up.

Regardless of my own opinion of the lady, The Donald tweeted, in regard to the person who he will probably be matched up against if he represents the Republican Party this November: “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?’ Twitter, April 16, 2015.

This makes me want to go wash my hands. A lot. For about eight months straight.

Regarding women in general: "All of the women on 'The Apprentice' flirted with me -- consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected." -- How To Get Rich, by Donald Trump, 2004.

Seriously, I can’t wash my hands enough. The skin is beginning to peel off.

Regarding opponent Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next President?” Rolling Stone, 2015.

Speaking about himself in the third person, which he is wont to do, Trump was quoted as saying: ‘“Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.” In “The Narcissist Next Door,” by Jeffrey Kluger, 2014.

On the subject of politicians: "If you can't get rich dealing with politicians, there's something wrong with you." Rally speech, political rally, South Carolina, July 2015.

Regarding fellow Republican, John McCain: "He's not a war hero. He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured, OK, I hate to tell you." Presidential candidate forum, July 2015.

Ahem. McCain’s plane was shot down over Vietnam in October 1967, he was imprisoned in the “Hanoi Hilton,” one of the most hellish of the POW camps for more than five years. FIVE YEARS. Sorry, I know I’m shouting. Ever wonder why McCain’s hand gestures are odd? It’s because his arms, shoulder and both of his hands were broken when he bailed out of his spiraling plane. He never received medical attention for those breaks, or any medical attention afterward during his beatings and torture at the hands of the enemy. He can no longer lift either hand higher than his shoulders.

And Mr. Trump doesn’t like him.

This past weekend, at a town hall meeting in Cincinnati, according to the Associated Press, a gentleman named Keith Moppin, whose son was captured and then killed in Iraq, said to Trump, "You made a comment to McCain that captured soldiers are not heroes." He continued, “I want you to clarify because I think it's important.”  Trump backpedaled so fast he left skidmarks, saying “Oh, no, no, no. I was -- I never did that. You know that." 

He did. And we know that.

And, in case you’re thinking we might scrape through four years of Trump’s America without a war: "I'm the most militaristic person ever." Rally speech, political rally, South Carolina, July 2015.

There are four major things that scare me about Donald Trump.

First—He has no filters. Zero, zip, shinola. If it is in his head, it’s out his mouth. Here’s the deal, people—when the fate of the free world rests on your shoulders, I would appreciate it if you can refrain from telling that nutball over in North Korea that he’s ugly and his mother dresses him funny. Saying it about Rosie O’Donnell is one thing—but she does not have a nascent nuclear arsenal at her command.

Second—Trump has nothing to lose. When he has finished destroying this country, he will still be rich, no matter what happens during his presidency. He knows this. That scares me. A lot. People with no stake in the game are loose cannons, at best. And he started out that way.

Third—He doesn’t drink coffee. I trust very few people who don’t drink coffee—and they’re usually pregnant or breastfeeding.  He is neither one.

Fourth: Sweet baby Jesus, he’s creepy.

I’m thinking out loud he said it best: "One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government." Donald Trump in an interview in “The Advocate,” the national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, February 15, 2000.

Lisa C Hannon’s email is She lives and writes in West Texas.