The following letter was U.S. mailed to the president-elect, C/O The Trump Organization, 725 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022
Dec. 2, 2016
Dear Mr. Trump,
By the procedures set forth in the U.S. Constitution, you have secured the electoral votes needed to become President of the United States on Jan. 20. To be president means much more than complying with the numeric requirements in the elaborate and tortuous Electoral College system, however. To serve the American people as their president means honoring the traditions and tone of the office of the presidency.
To undercut long established standards of American presidential campaigning is to diminish the presidency and to limit the significance of winning the office.
You chose tactics during the 2016 primary and general elections that did precisely that, to the detriment of American democracy. The nation may have suffered permanent damage due to your course of conduct this year.
You called on supporters at rallies to assault opponents, then offered to bail your backers out of jail, itself an acknowledgement that you were urging behavior worthy of arrest.
You have appealed to unfounded fears of Muslims as terror threats per se, calling for a temporary halt to all members of that faith immigrating to the United States, a nation which actually has an estimated 20,000 Muslim physicians.
You broad bush Mexicans as “rapists,” offering no basis for that description, yet you are soon scheduled to answer to a civil lawsuit accusing you of raping a 13-year-old girl.
There are many credible accusations against you of physically assaulting women – all of which you have denied, but which gain credibility from your own recorded statement in 2005, regarding a woman with whom you were about to be escorted into a studio: “I’ve gotta use some tic tacs, just in case I start kissing her… And when you’re a star they let you do it…. Grab them by the pussy…. You can do anything.”
In that conversation, you also said, regarding a prior encounter with a woman: “I did try and fuck her. She was married…. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
These statements reflect an outlook completely at odds with a president’s sworn obligation to faithfully execute the law to the best of his ability.
Worse yet, four contestants from the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant have claimed that you suddenly entered their dressing room while they were changing. Mariah Billado, the former Miss Vermont Teen USA, said you told the contestants: “Don’t worry ladies, I’ve seen it all before.” Some of these contestants were as young as 15.
In a 1992 recording, you are heard initiating conversation with a young girl you spotted riding an escalator – her voice sounds like that of a child no older than 8 — then you immediately say, “I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?”
Also impeding your ability to serve this nation faithfully is your frequent use of distractions, ad hominem responses, trivialization and insults to evade facing up to your actions and others’ fair criticisms of them.
After Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim-American killed in Iraq, gave a powerful speech before the Democratic National Convention condemning your proposal to bar Muslims temporarily from entering the U.S., you responded to his widely hailed and cogent speech with the pointless observation that his wife did not talk during the event.
That a person who relies on all these tactics could become president – albeit without winning the popular vote – bespeaks the descent of American culture into vulgarization in recent decades, a decline brought on by tabloid journalism and “shock-jock” broadcasting supplanting intelligent discourse.
The petition organized by Change.org calling on the Electoral College to defeat you has 4.6 million signatures as of today.
After considering your character as evidenced by all of the above and the ravages you would very likely visit upon the American system as president, I have signed that petition, in fulfillment of Alexander Hamilton’s rationale for the Electoral College: “This process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of President will seldom fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”
If those words were for the ages, these by Hamilton would seem geared specifically for the demeanor displayed by Donald J. Trump in 2016:
“Hard words are very rarely useful… Real firmness is good for everything — strut is good for nothing.”
Brian A. Arbenz