According to the Cambridge English dictionary, a role model is a person whom someone admires and whose behaviors they try to copy. Now, I’m sure many people have thought about the very controversial topic, is Donald Trump a good role model? Some people believe he is a good role model because of all his wealth and accomplishments but fail to see the man that he is truly is and others believe that he is an awful person making him a terrible role model. It is my assertion that Donald Trump is a bad role model simply because, he is a liar, disrespectful, racist, born into money, irresponsible and lacks business ethics.
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Firstly, Donald Trump is a compulsive liar. In 558 days of being the President of the United States, Donald Trump made 4229 false or deceiving statements. For instance, he told people that he had passed the largest tax cut in the history of the United States when in reality his tax cut was seven places behind the largest one. He also claimed many times that he is building a border wall between the United States and Mexico when Congress had already opposed to providing fundings for this. 1 Trump constantly lying and giving people false hope during his presidency makes him a bad influence. People seeing that Trump, the president of the United States, a person with such power, is doing this may make them believe, that it is either okay to lie or on the other hand they might just think that he is a bad role model.
In addition to being a dishonest man, Donald Trump lacks manners. Donald Trump is known for making sexual comments toward women and often using foul language. This is something that neither a president nor a good role model should be doing publicly or better yet at all. In 2016 Trump gloated to Access Hollywood “and when you’re a star, they let you do it you can do anything…grab them by the pussy. ” 2 These words simply show how this man believesthat he could sexually assault women because of his power. To add on, during one of his speeches in Montana Donald Trump mocked the #MeToo movement, a movement against sexual assault while mocking the Native heritage of politician, Elizabeth Warren 3, which leads to my next point. Donald Trump is extremely racist.
For instance, in 2017 Tump had started a campaign to ban Muslims from entering the United State 4 and referred to Mexicans as “rapists and drug dealers” 5 which happens to be quite ironic since he himself gets allegedly charged on multiple accounts of sexual assault. Moreover, in 2017, at a meeting in the White House, Donald Trump commented: “why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? ” 6, referring to countries like Haiti and stated that he would rather have immigrants from Norway, where most of the population is white. By him being a racist, his opportunities to make deals with possible business partners, such as other entrepreneurs and international leaders are diminishing because no one wants their business or country to be associated with such a man. Although this is the case, some people might still argue that Trump is a good role model despite these facts.
The reason for this is because this man has a Net worth of 3. 1 billion USD7 which gives off the impression that he is a successful businessman. However, this is extremely misleading. If these people would look further than his billion dollar net worth they would be surprised to find out that Donald Trump is a terrible business associate. Donald Trump would not be where he is without his father Fred Trump. Donald Trump had been getting large amounts of money from his father since the age of three. When he was in need of money Trump’s father would also provide him with loans and would either not charge him interest or more often times he would not want to be repaid. At the age of 30, Donald Trump also inherited 9 million USD from his father 8. This being said Trump had a huge advantage which brought him many steps closer to his wealth.
Although he had this advantage Donald Trump made many bad business decisions leading him to several bankruptcies, Trump’s first bankruptcy occurred in 1991. Trump’s Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City suffered bankruptcy due to a lack in revenue to cover the buildings expenses and Trump had no choice but to give away half of the company and sell his yacht. Unfortunately, this wasn’t Trump’s only casino that suffered bankruptcy. Following his first bankruptcy Donald Trump “could not keep up with debts on two other Atlantic City casinos, the Plaza Hotel in 1992 and the Trump Hotels and Casinos Resorts in 2004” 9. This comes to show that Donald Trump’s entrepreneur skills are not as great as one might think and certainly not something to look up too. Moreover, In 2013 trump was charged for his business being fraud.
In 2004 Donald Trump founded Trump University which promised students great business and real-estate classes. However, later people were shocked to find out that Trump had employed unqualified professors and was charging ridiculous amounts of money putting over 7 million students in student loan debt. When this lawsuit was brought to court and Trump had been found guilty, being the racist and irrational man he is, Trump claimed that the judge had been unfair with him because he was Mexican10 which was also a false claim. After all, Donald Trump is not someone who should be admired nor whose behaviors should be copied. Although he may be extremely rich this does not make up for the fact that he is a liar, that he is disrespectful, racist, irresponsible and the fact that he is a phony. This being said money does not make a man whole.
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