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Endorsing Hillary Clinton – by Reuben Abati

Reuben Abati endorses Hilary Clinton

If there was any hope that Donald Trump would change tactics and be more restrained after winning the Republican party Presidential nomination for the November 8 US election, that hope is now lost.  

The fellow has remained aggressive, incorrigibly brash and completely negative. 

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson has asked: “Is Donald Trump just plain crazy?”  (August 1).  

Robinson says he is “increasingly convinced,” and that Trump’s “grasp on reality appears to be tenuous at best.”

The way he is carrying on, indeed Trump may need a mental fitness test soon. 

By now, it must be clear to all and sundry, that he poses a great risk to the United States, to democracy and the liberal world. 

President Barack Obama has dismissed him as being unfit to be President, he being so totally unprepared, he being no more than a bumbling apprentice seeking the highest job in the United States. 

A man given to melodrama and expletives such as Trump, without any respect for basic decorum and standards would make a very bad President.  

He must be prevented from doing damage to the free world.

I am however, surprised that there are Nigerians who insist that he is a better choice. 

I don’t think so. And don’t ask me why Nigerians should be so divided over another country’s election. 

The truth is that America’s Presidential election is a world election. 

There are millions of Nigerians and Africans living in the United States and even greater numbers hoping to visit, study or live in the United States.  

What happens in America affects the rest of the world.  If a Trump Presidency happens, we are all in trouble.

What Trump stands for is anti-progress. 

It amounts to a fascist, authoritarian promotion of a brand of nationalism that defeats the objectives of inclusion and togetherness.  

But he says, “I’m really a nice guy believe me, I pride myself on being a nice guy but I‘m also passionate and determined to make our country great again” Nice guy? 

A nice guy who says he wants to build a wall to barricade Mexico!

This nice guy couldn’t even stand the sight of a crying baby, interrupting his speech. 

He had to ask the poor mother to take her baby out of the room. 

Nice guy has been busy abusing the parents of an American soldier who died in action in Iraq. 

He doesn’t even believe that African Americans and other minorities should be allowed to vote.  

He says Mexicans are criminals and rapists.

This nice guy doesn’t want immigrants and Muslims in America. He talks down on women, Hispanics and blacks. 

He does not even believe that Black lives matter.  

He supports nuclear war because it would be “pretty quick” and he wants Japan and South Korea to have their own nuclear weapons.  

This nice guy is a fan of Muammar Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin. 

Affordable Care that allows more Americans to have access to quality healthcare is unacceptable to him.  

If he becomes President he will expel over 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, and put an end to birthright citizenship.  

Trump’s real ambition is to become an Emperor of the United States, and by extension the world. 

But sorry, America’s Constitutional traditions will not allow that. The American voter should deny him his dream.

That moment which President Barack Obama alluded to, when he said there must come a moment when a people must say thus far and no further has come: with Trump, yes. 

Which is why it is good news that he has been dropping in the polls, and the myth that he is unstoppable is exploding. 

Common sense is beginning to prevail in America. Like all politicians in his situation, Trump has become more aggressive and temperamental. 

He even says the election will be rigged. It is so easy to complain about rigging in an election that has not yet taken place, not so?   

His supporters are even threatening that there will be “bloodbath” and “widespread civil disobedience” if he loses the election! 

Wait a moment: are there some Nigerians working for Trump, some Nigerian politicians teaching him dirty tricks? 

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