Dear Donald Trump: Just Stop.
Should A World Leader Behave Like A Spoiled Toddler?
I am not a fan. I am not even an American - I'm a Canadian, and I've been watching your behavior since the run-up to the 2016 election, never mind what's been happening in this current election.
There has been a lot of talk in my corner of the world about your behavior. Right now, the people I've been talking to don't give a rip about your policies, your platform, or even what sort of relationship you have with Canada and its leaders. It's your behavior that's become increasingly disturbing over the last four years, and let's just say, you're falling far short of what many of us have come to expect of a world leader.
Do any of us expect you to be perfect? Not by a long shot; you're human, which means you're as flawed and feeling as the rest of us. However, there is an expectation from world leaders that they should act and react with some decorum, particularly if they're of a certain age. When you were inaugurated as the 45th president of the #UnitedStates, you were 70, making you the oldest president ever to be inaugurated. Outside of my belief that our leaders need to stop being old white men all the time, there's a belief that at 70, you should know how to behave publicly and in the public eye. You probably know better than anyone out there that when the spotlight is on you, people are listening to what you say as well as how you say it.
Quite frankly, sir, your behavior is appalling. Certainly, everyone understands that the fate of the #USelection still has yet to fully shake out, but the fact of the matter is, your prospects right now aren't great. You trail former vice president #JoeBiden by as few as 40 electoral college votes to as much as 50 electoral college votes, and while we all understand that the magic number is 270, #Biden is a heck of a lot closer to that number right now than you are. What's Mr. Biden doing? Biding his time, encouraging his supporters and the American public to be patient as every vote counts so long as they meet the legal requirement to do so.
You are openly stating, without any sort of basis, that there's been voter fraud, and that votes should no longer be counted. There are millions of legally cast votes left to count, and you want to usurp the democratic process that as president you should be supporting. You've said for months that you'll challenge the results if you don't win, and while no one is surprised that you're following through on that promise, you sound like a child who has been told something you don't want to hear. Perhaps that's accurate. You're seeing from the American public in increasing numbers that they don't want you in charge - at least, not in the numbers they once did - and that thought probably panics you. You know what's waiting for you if you concede defeat - a string of lawsuits that you won't be able to hide from any longer, as you'll no longer be president. As a result, you're going to drag this out interminably, screaming about fraud and rigged elections and hoping someone listens even though there are Republican and Democrat representatives watching the vote counting. There was even an international observer who said nothing untoward had happened, and yet, you've thrown your lawyers at just about everyone you can.
What you might not be aware of is that there are preteens and teens also watching this election play out, which means they are also watching you. Kids today are not stupid. They're also plugged into media on a level we've never seen previously, largely because the technology is available to them in a way that it wasn't to people in their 30s and 40s or older. As such, they're seeing your behavior as you continue to captain what appears to be a slowly sinking ship and wondering why people continue to support behavior that would have seen any one of them get grounded.
No one likes a sore loser, Mr. Trump. I understand that you're trying to keep a stranglehold on your erratic political career, but you need to grow up. You're now 74 years of age. It's time to act with some maturity and behave as a president, and not a child, should.