Throughout the Republican national primaries pundits and voters alike have claimed that “Trump just needs to appear more presidential.” The term presidential can be interpreted differently by everyone, but the question remains, should Trump revise his tone, policies and verbiage to present a more traditional presidential appearance?
Trump has been bashed in the media many times for his verbiage, especially his infamous reply to the question about whether woman should be punished if they get an abortion if it is against the law. Trump instinctively replied that yes, they should be punished if breaking the law, which has been used endlessly to make him appear “anti-women.” If someone asked you if an action was illegal by law and you did it anyway, should you be punished, how would you instinctively answer?
One of Trump’s greatest strengths and appealing aspects can also be his Achilles heel. His ability to speak off the cuff and give a reply directly from his thoughts, rather than a rehearsed script.
Even if you despise everything that Trump stands for, we can at least give him credit for not following the typical political playbook of avoiding questions that attempt to trap him, or portray him a negative light.
Imagine yourself on a major news network getting interviewed without any prior knowledge of the questions and having to answer them immediately. Granted, you probably have not been in the public spotlight nearly your entire life as Trump has, but we are all human and it takes courage to present yourself in an honest manner in front of millions of people. Regardless of your opinion of his political views, Trump has done something that very few politicians have ever attempted on the national stage. He speaks honestly based on his beliefs regardless of the public backlash that it may create.
An admirable trait and almost unheard of in modern politics, speaking from his heart and mind on national television tells me something about Trump. He values an honest and open opinion towards the public over how he is perceived by the media.
Wouldn’t you rather have someone who tells the truth as they see it, and possibly offend someone, instead of delivering a perfectly rehearsed statement based on public opinion polls? Sure, everyone has their own opinions regarding politics, but I think both Democrats and Republicans can agree that honesty is an admirable trait and one that our country’s leaders have not had for a very long time.
We as a nation have the rare opportunity to elect a president who has the capability to enact real improvements in our job market, immigration processes and national policies. If we pass up this chance and elect more of the same, then we will get more of the same destructive policies.
Why not take a chance at electing a leader who can potentially turn our country around instead of electing a person who we absolutely know will continue our country into its downwards spiral.
Can we at least agree that Donald Trump speaks honestly regarding his own beliefs? If we can do that, then we can take the first step to realizing that an honest leader, who might offend someone, is significantly better than a leader whose beliefs we don’t really know, but sounds good when they address the nation.