Eli Kaufman
Eli Kaufman

Is Donald Trump a superhero or just insane?

Donald Trump as superhero (Wikimedia Commons)
Donald Trump as superhero (Wikimedia Commons)

On July 21 Donald Trump accepted the Republican party’s nomination and became its candidate for president of the United States. He then said, “I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves. Nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”

The Donald was beginning to sound like he fancies himself a superhero. Does Donald Trump really believe that only he can save defenseless victims from the evil people who oppress them? Everyday heroes are identified by their service on behalf of others, whereas a superhero is mainly identified by his or her super abilities that are put into service on behalf of the weak and defenseless.

On May 8, Trump Tweeted, “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest – and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”

Those are the words that I would expect from a 10-year-old brat, not the Republican candidate for president of the United States. It’s clear that Trump believes that he possesses unique abilities.

During his speech at the Republican convention, Donald Trump, Jr., proclaimed that his father had a track record of achieving the impossible and is propelled into action when someone tells him that something is impossible. Donald, Jr., further beamed that this election would determine not only the future of our country, but also the future of the world. Donald, Jr., certainly believes that the world would be a much better place in the exceptional hands of his father.

Jews didn’t invent the concept of the superhero although the Jewish concept of Messiah certainly influenced western culture concerning the extraordinary good that one person with special abilities and a sense of mission could potentially do. It’s probably not coincidental that it was two Jewish kids in Cleveland who in 1933 invented the fictional superhero, Superman, while in high school.

It’s not easy being a hero and it’s almost impossible to be a superhero. Israeli supermodel Gal Gadot played the superhero, Wonder Woman, in the recent movie, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but what would a real life superhero look like?

Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon was a real life superhero. He not only helped save us from the potential threat of Saddam Hussein’s unfinished Osiraq nuclear reactor, but he also flew higher than any Israeli or even any eagle had ever flown. He was the only non-American recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Of course, all of the Israelis who have died during the many wars launched against the Jewish State by hostile Arabs, from the War of Independence in 1948 to Operation Protective Edge in 2014, are heroes. We wouldn’t be able to enjoy Israel today if they had not made the ultimate sacrifice. Furthermore, all of the brave Israelis who stay vigilant in order to protect their innocent families and friends from Palestinian terrorists deserve the title of heroes.

When I think of heroes, Captain Humayun Khan also comes to mind because of the recent controversy between his father, Khizr Khan, and Donald Trump. Humayun Khan was killed in Iraq while defending fellow American soldiers. If Donald Trump’s initial proposed ban on Muslims had been in place, perhaps Captain Khan never would have had the opportunity to become a war hero for the cause of American freedom.

In the genre of superhero fiction, there are superheroes and then there are supervillains. Superheroes fight for others, whereas supervillains fight for themselves. Where exactly does Trump see himself in the pantheon of super beings?

Judging from the Donald’s many tirades and his many insults toward the handicapped, minorities, and women, I’m not sure whether the Donald wants to be a superhero or just be perceived as super. The focus of his life seems to have been the public display of his self-proclaimed special abilities and accomplishments rather than living a life of service for others.

A perfect person never needs to apologize because he doesn’t make mistakes. When asked why he never apologizes, Trump replied, “I fully think that apologizing is a great thing, but you have to be wrong.” Has Trump ever been wrong like mere mortals?

He would be dangerous when it comes to securing and helping maintain the very fragile peace in the world today. Trump’s temperament certainly cannot be trusted to negotiate and navigate the tinderbox that is the Middle East. Israel deserves a steady, stable, and reliable ally in the White House, not someone who seems to see his candidacy for the U.S. presidency as just one more reality show.

Any responsible person can see that Trump has not been a superhero, but could he, like the biblical Samson, become a superhero in spite of his many shortcomings? Republican donor Foster Friess has argued that Trump should not be judged on his past or even present flaws, but on what he can become.

What the Donald could become is precisely what scares many thoughtful people. Trumpisms are a daily occurrence. No Democratic or Republican candidate has ever crossed so many red lines of acceptable, civilized behavior with such regularity.

Many of my friends who regularly read my articles assert that Trump’s critics don’t like him simply because he lacks political correctness. They say that people who are offended by the Donald’s insults are just too sensitive. True Trump believers feel that his particular brand of “telling it the way it is” regardless of whom it hurts is a breath of fresh air in otherwise stale political discourse.

A person can be politically incorrect and yet display common decency and common sense. Trump seems to possess neither. He seems to lack the mental and emotional filter that any average person possesses. Such a filter informs our inner selves where the red lines in social interactions are that should not be crossed unless we are trying to hurt someone, provoke a fight, or simply make fools of ourselves.

Donald Trump has a propensity for immaturely insulting others, provoking unnecessary fights with unbelievable regularity, and saying things that truly sound as if they originated with the insane. We should not trust him to help lead America into its future or possess its nuclear codes.

I am not trying to persuade any American to vote for Hillary Clinton. She has her own issues that deserve a separate article. I am only agreeing with the document published on August 8 that was signed by 50 Republican national security officials who characterized Trump as too dangerous to be president.

I have known several real life superheroes and Donald Trump is no superhero. He is not even a decent person with common sense who knows the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behavior.

You may email Yoeli Kaufman at ocfidina@yahoo.com

Yoeli Kaufman’s Mandate: Leave your mark, make a difference for the good, and do your part to make sure that they never again devour Jacob or make his habitation waste.

About the Author
Yoeli Kaufman earned his bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and then worked as an analyst and Arabic translator for U.S. Army Intelligence. His master’s degree was in Educational Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia. Eli now regularly writes for the Jerusalem Post, the Times of Israel, and Diario Judío México.
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