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I Might Not Invite Trump Over for Dinner, but I'll Still vote for Him

By Rob Tenery, MD on October 10, 2016

Friday’s revelation of Trump talking crudely about actress, Adrianne Zucker back in 2005 has set off a firestorm of criticism. From what has been determined so far, Trump’s remarks only ended up as wishful thinking, because Trump said the actress rebuffed his advances. To make Trump’s claims worse, she was married and he was too, for less than a year to Melania. This is also probably not Trump’s first transgression, since he evidently was in an affair with Marla Maples while he was still married to Ivana.

 As much as we would like to think that fidelity is the core principle of a good marriage, it is not a good measure of qualifications to hold the nation’s highest office. Trump is not the only candidate for President, or President, that has strayed. Other modern Presidents such as John Kennedy and Bill Clinton’s trysts while they held the high office were legendary. Also Franklin Roosevelt, allegedly Dwight Eisenhower and Lyndon Johnson can be added to that list.  Ronald Reagan is reported to have bedded more than 50 of Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Marilyn Monroe and Lana Turner. Promiscuity, or in this case the intent, is not just confined to Trump.

 It is important to look at this recent revelation as to their timing and purpose. Since Trump’s conversation took place over ten years ago, the question of why now has this been raised. The obvious answer is that ‘everything’ seems to be fair game in political campaigns. But why on Friday, October 7th?  One obvious answer, was to drum out the bad press created by John Podesta’s emails, revealing that Hillary was talking out of one side of her mouth in her closed-door speeches to the bigwigs on Wall Street. The other, when she was addressing the common people she needed support to get elected.  The reason for the timing of the release, seems also to keep Trump on his heels defending his comments as he did with Miss Universe winner, Alicia Macahado. 

 Infidelity is looked down on by society. Unfortunately, that violation of commitment doesn’t seem to be as important as it once was. The real question is how important are Trump’s qualifications to be President over Hillary Clinton’s. The answer may come by looking at the records of Roosevelt, Kennedy and Bill Clinton, versus Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush’s, who both seem to have been our country’s most moral Presidents. 

 We are facing mush bigger problems than just what Trump said in ‘locker-room’ talk over 10 years ago.  This demonizing approach by Hillary Clinton is her best shot at winning the election, since her record of accomplishments are so few. Unfortunately, much of the public, virtually all of the media and many of Trump’s fellow Republicans are jumping ship. 

I probably wouldn’t invite Trump over for dinner, but I still plan to vote for him!





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