Rude Republican

By Kristen Johnson

Presidential Debate #1 is now officially behind us and our biggest take-home from it is that the candidates are incredibly rude to each other. Let’s think about what we learned in elementary school:

“Let’s practice kindness – kindness to each other, our families, and our teachers – every day.”

Both candidates sniped at each other, but Donald Trump was nowhere near “practicing kindness.” As usual, he was surly and nasty in general and in particular, to his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The debate included a lot of time spent with Donald Trump shouting over his opponent and downright mocking her. In particular, his comment about it being “smart” to avoid all income taxes is particularly biting. No, Donald, it isn’t “smart.” It’s obnoxious and it means that any claims that you are not paying “your fair share” are dead-on.

Donald’s comment that Rosie O’Donnell “deserved” the nasty comments he made about her prove once again that Donald has no respect for women. Denying that he initially supported the Iraq War or that he continued to bully President Obama about his birth certificate prove once again that he is a liar.

I realize that Hillary Clinton is not perfect, and that I tend to judge Donald Trump more harshly because I’m a liberal. But, last night’s “performance” was incredibly disheartening to watch, and a little embarrassing as an American. Is this what we can expect of our mainstream politicians forever more? Screaming at and over each other? Lying, cheating, and scandals? It’s tiring.

Ephesians 4:32 (NRSV): and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Racism isn’t okay. Sexism isn’t okay. Bullying isn’t okay. Stop the madness.

Serve all with love.

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