(By Avrumi Weinberger). Parents have many demands of their children. We expect from them certain behaviors, and we are disappointed when they don’t follow through. We also know that the most powerful way to communicate with a child is to lead by example. A child will more permanently internalize behaviors they see from their parents than they would mere instruction. Which makes it all the more peculiar that many parents are supporting Donald Trump.
Don’t Brag: We tell our kids not to brag about themselves or of their accomplishments to others. It’s not nice. It’s unseemly. Yet, if one would want to use an example of whom not to emulate, it would be Donald Trump. Below is just a small sample of quotes from Donald Trump, via Politico:
“I’m intelligent. Some people would say I’m very, very, very intelligent.”
“Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich.”
“Rick Santorum? I have a big plane. He doesn’t.”
“I win, I win, I always win. In the end, I always win, whether it’s in golf, whether it’s in tennis, whether it’s in life, I just always win. And I tell people I always win, because I do.”
“…Of course, it’s very hard for them to attack me on looks, because I’m so good looking.”
“Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest — and you all know it!”
“Other rich people don’t do commercials because no one asks them. It’s just like ‘The Apprentice.’ I can’t tell you how many of my rich friends are dying, dying to have me put them on that show.”
Think about what your reaction would be if your child spoke like that.
Be Nice: We tell our children to be nice to others. We expect them not to be rude or nasty. Just last week, Donald Trump attacked his opponent’s wife on social media, mocking her looks as compared to his own wife’s. Here are some more prize quotes from Donald Trump:
“Rosie O’Donnell’s disgusting. I mean, both inside and out. You take a look at her, she’s a slob.”
“Arianna Huffington is ‘a dog.’ ”
“George Will is a ‘moron’.”
“Republican pollster Frank Luntz is a ‘total loser!’ ”
“Chuck Todd is a ‘moron’.”
“Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: ‘Obvious moron.’ ”
“Michelle Malkin is a ‘dummy’.”
“Brian Williams is a ‘dummy’.”
“Graydon Carter? ‘Dummy’.”
“John McCain is ‘not a war hero. … He is a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured, OK?’ ”
“Truly weird Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain.”
“I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache. She has zero chance!”
“What a stiff, what a stiff, Lindsey Graham.”
“Rick Perry ‘put on glasses so people think he’s smart. … People can see through the glasses.’ ”
“Part of making a deal is denigrating your competition.”
“I think if this country gets any kinder or gentler, it’s literally going to cease to exist.”
How would you react if your child spoke to someone that way?
Be Honest: We exhort our children to be honest. Well, Politico chronicled 4.6 hours of stump speeches and press conferences and found that Trump averages about one misstatement every five minutes. Not the poster boy for honesty, to say the least.
Considering all of the above, how do you expect your children to ever take you seriously again if you support Donald Trump? By supporting Donald Trump, you are endorsing his behavior, not only for a decent human being, but for someone aspiring to assume the most powerful and prestigious office on the planet. So if your child ever cheats, brags, is ever dishonest or horribly nasty, you have no standing to criticize their behavior. You’ve supported it.
An honest parent would make it a priority of rejecting Trumpian behavior.
Avrumi Weinberger is a freelance writer, covering the intersection of Jewish culture and American politics.
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