“Donald Trump is an illegitimate president.” Really, how so? Congressman John Lewis tells us it is the Russians. President Bill Clinton explains carefully that it was James Comey. Donna Brazile focuses on Donald Trump’s racism, sexism and bigotry which appeals to a certain large segment of America. Robbie Mook thinks Hillary simply took too much for granted. And Jennifer Palmieri blamed Trump’s association with White Supremacists. Excuses, excuses…
Anyone who says an outside source was responsible for Donald Trump’s victory and not the American people, is rather ignorant of the many manifestations of an election.Remember how President Barack Obama sent a team of election experts to defeat Bibi Netanyahu? Virtually every election of the 20th and 21st centuries had many outside factors affect its outcome. In this election, most world leaders rooted for Hillary Clinton and made it be known publicly. Of course they all influenced the final results.
The socialist European Union, leftist Central and South America, big government controlled Asia, the dictatorial Middle East, with the exception of Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, all made damaging, harmful public statements about Candidate Trump. Hacking is nothing compared to the world’s leading ultraliberal, socialist politicians using television, the media and the Internet to speak about “Trump’s incompetence, danger, stupidity and craziness.” If John Lewis thinks the Russians influenced the American voter, then what about all of these very public disclosures:
“I think his (Trump’s) remarks are divisive, stupid and wrong. I think if he came to visit our country he’d unite us all against him.”—Former Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron
“Mr Trump is so stupid, my God!”—Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo
“He (Trump) changes opinions like the rest of us change underwear.”—Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen
“His (Trump’s) discourse is so dumb, so basic.”—Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa
“That’s (Trump’s rhetoric is) the way Mussolini arrived and the way Hitler arrived.”— Mexican President Enrique Peña
“Trump is an irrational type.”—Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei.
“Trump is not very well informed man…If this guy pretends that closing the borders to anywhere either for trade [or] for people is going to provide prosperity to the United State, he is completely crazy.”—The former Mexican President Felipe Calderon
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”—Pope Francis
“Donald Trump’s ill-informed comments are complete and utter nonsense. Crime has been falling steadily in both London and New York — and the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”—Boris Johnson, Secretary of State of England
“His excesses end up giving a retching feeling, even in the US, especially when — as was Donald Trump’s case — he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier….” If Trump wins, “there will be consequences because the American election is a global election … Democracy is also a major issue considering the authoritarian temptation that we see arising.” — French President Francois Hollande
“He (Trump) changes opinions like the rest of us change underwear.”—Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen.
“His discourse is so dumb, so basic.”—Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.
“That’s (Trump’s words) the way Mussolini arrived and the way Hitler arrived.”—Mexican President Enrique Peña
“Trump is an irrational type.”—Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei.
“Yes the election of Donald Trump would be dangerous. It would complicate relations between Europe and the United States.”—French President Francois Hollande.
“You [Trump] are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America. Withdraw from the U.S. presidential race as you will never win.”—Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud.
“Mr. Trump’s statement only serves to show not only his insensitivity, but also his ignorance about Pakistan.”—Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan
“Let’s be clear, Donald Trump is an idiot. I have tried to find different, perhaps more parliamentary adjectives to describe him but none was clear enough. He is an idiot.”—Gavin Newlands, a British MP
“If he becomes president it would be a catastrophe. He’s an avowed admirer of Vladimir Putin and it would be a disaster for international politics if Trump gets anywhere near the nuclear button.”—Søren Espersen, a foreign affairs spokesperson for the Danish People’s Party.
“I consider Donald Trump a man who invests a lot in a policy of fear.”—Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
“I think the Donald Trump phenomenon is a real problem for the United States, making their democracy look kind of weird.”—Christopher Pyne, minister for industry, innovation and science in the Australian government
“Whether Donald Trump, Marine le Pen or Geert Wilders — all these right-wing populists are not only a threat to peace and social cohesion, but also to economic development.”—Germany’s Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.
“If he becomes president, it will be a disaster.”—Former Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard.
“Donald Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe: It risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists.”—London Mayor Sadiq Khan
“So Donald Trump … is ambitious but not exactly a very well-informed man, I don’t want to say ignorant, but he is not very well informed.”—Former Mexican president Felipe Caldron
“The person (Donald Trump) you are dealing with may be a successful businessman, but he’s also a buffoon.”—Gavin Robinson, a British MP from Northern Ireland
“If Donald Trump was to end up as president of the United States, I think we better head for the bunkers.”—Carl Bildt, former foreign minister of Sweden.
“The opportunism, unreliability and amorality that we have seen during the [Trump] campaign would be damaging for the world in general and hurt Europe in particular.”— Ana Palacio, former Spanish foreign minister.
“Trump, like others, stokes hatred and conflations.”—Manuel Valls, Former Prime Minister of France
“This nation [the U.S.] is going to fail if it goes into the hands of a crazy guy.”—Former Mexican President Vincente Fox
“Trump solutions for me are false solutions, but they’re not original. They’re things that we have heard in Europe from extremist sections.”—Sandro Gozi, undersecretary for European affairs in the Italian government
“It’s not a man I would vote for, I can tell you that […] I hope that the American people, and I think they will, choose someone else who is better equipped for this task.”—Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist
“A lot of what Donald Trump says makes for a more unstable world.”—Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg
“Trump reflects “the ultraconservative, racist, and war-like thinking that is incubated in the roots of the empire.”—Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
“He has a backwards world view. … In sum, not just for Brazil but for the whole world – the election of Trump would be a disaster.”—Former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso.
“The rhetoric adopted by US presidential candidate Donald Trump vis-a-vis Islam and Muslims is unacceptable and greatly offensive.” Former Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.
So let us all think this through carefully. If Russia secretly releases statements against Hillary Clinton on a website, through Wikileaks, or through a cyber attack—the American people will believe it en masse, and change their votes to Donald Trump. And this is considered, by many Democrat leaders, serious disinformation that changed the final election results.
Yet, when world leaders, who are mostly left of center, publicly and emphatically call the Republican candidate for president every name in the book, that is somehow not considered to be disinformation that attempted to change the American voters’ mind. Something really is not making sense here. Come on Congressman Lewis. You are smarter than that.
Irwin N. Graulich is a motivational speaker and columnist on ethics, morality, Judaism, religion and politics. He is also president of Bloch Graulich Whelan Inc., a leading marketing, communications and branding company in New York City.