Mr. Trump, let me begin by saying there are so many qualities about you I admire. There are many that I do not. I admire your business savvy. Your ability to bring your self up even higher than you began. I admire your confidence, your ability to close deals. I admire your wealth and risk taking. All fabulous qualities. There was a time in my forties I even wanted to be on your successful show 'The Apprentice.' I learned a lot watching the program over several years. You, Mr. Trump are an American icon.
Mr. Trump you are also a disappointment. I am disappointed mostly by your tactics. I have watched, listened, studied and leaned in as you have displayed your ignorance to the world. I am disappointed because with your means and access, you can use your power and persuasion so much more effectively to do so much good. A missed opportunity to leave an awesome legacy and blueprint.
My stomach turns when I hear the way you hurl insults at others you perceive as a threat or easy targets. You fight battles with hurtful words that sting and may never heal. I especially mourn the way you have characterized women whether attacking their talent or physical characteristics. When I hear these actions double-downed on by you it causes me deeper sadness and yes anger. The bible says, to whom much is given, much is expected. Like it or not Mr. Trump but from you much is expected.
My grandmother used to tell me, "When you know better, you do better."
Your persona is not lost on my young children. You come off as the bully on the playground I warned them about. When they see and hear you behave like that bully, I have no words. Your stinging antics set such a horrendous example for young and old alike.
So from one citizen to another. From one CEO to another, please this once, take a page out of my grandma's play book. "When you know better, you do better."
I wish you nothing but the greatest of success and riches. Inside out. More so, I wish you conscious of good thought.