What exactly qualifies one to become a good role model for children? Probably traits like honesty, respect, humility, knowledge, selflessness, charity and a clear set of values, for starters.
Donald Trump possesses none of these.
He is a racist demagogue with a penchant for sexism. He has repeatedly insulted minorities, offended Muslims, affronted women and made inappropriate comments about his own daughter. He is a serial liar who considers himself “smart” for not paying income tax for nearly two decades using a loophole that benefits billionaire dynasties.
If there is a textbook definition for the word “role model,” the Republican presidential nominee is the direct opposite of it.
All these factors are the reason the nation was left shocked and confused when a Republican senator called the business mogul just that, in front of cameras.
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte was in a debate against her competitor for the U.S. Senate, New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, when she made (probably) the biggest faux pass of her political career.
The moderators asked Ayotte, who has not formally endorsed Trump but plans to vote for him in November, whether children should look up to Donald Trump as a role model.
“I think that certainly there are many role models that we have and I believe he can serve as president,” the senator answered awkwardly. “So absolutely, I would do that.”
The correct answer quite obviously is: No, Trump is NOT someone American youth should look up to for any sort of guidance.
Fortunately, Ayotte realized her mistake rather quickly and backtracked on her statement.
“I misspoke tonight,” she later clarified on Twitter. “While I would hope all of our children would aspire to be president, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton have set a good example and I wouldn’t hold up either of them as role models for my kids.”
Earlier this year, Ayotte told CNN, “I really believe that this is a big issue in this race — that I am the one candidate that will stand up to whomever is in the White House to do good things when we can work together — also when it’s wrong to stand up to them.”
The GOP nominee has also criticized the senator for not supporting his candidacy.
“We need loyal people in this country. We need fighters in this country,” Trump said. “We don’t need weak people. We have enough of them. We need fighters in this country. But Kelly Ayotte has given me zero support, and I’m doing great in New Hampshire.”
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