Chaotic times abroad and challenges to the civil order at home call for the next U.S. president to be an exceptional leader who can represent what America stands for around the world and bring us together as one nation indivisible.
That leader is Hillary Clinton.
The U.S. president has always been the world leader our allies could trust and hard-working Americans could count on to solve pressing problems while bringing us together to be part of the solution.
Successful presidents have an optimistic view of not only what our country is but what it can be. Presidents must have an intellectual capacity to understand the gravity of events that put American public safety at risk and a passion to carry others with us in fighting for peace here and abroad. A president must have sound judgment in a volatile world and an ability to build coalitions that will keep all the citizens of the world safe and striving for freedom.
Clinton is the only candidate in this election who can meet the high expectations Americans set for their president.
As recent news reports have revealed, Donald Trump has serious character flaws that make him unfit to be president. A video from his days as a celebrity shows he sees women as sexual objects, admitting he tried to have sex with a married woman and that women let him do anything -- “anything” -- including groping, because he was a celebrity. Other Republicans have renounced Trump and urged him to quit the race. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said he was “sickened” by the comments, canceled a joint appearance with Trump Saturday.
Trump offered a video apology at midnight Friday that seemed less than sincere.
Clinton’s experience as first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state makes her one of the most qualified presidential candidates in contemporary American history.
She will be tough on those world leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin who would challenge our NATO alliance and who threatens to pull out of a 16-year agreement to limit weapons-grade plutonium. Clinton’s experience in the Middle East will allow us to offer a steady, consistent message that we stand with our allies and commit to destroying ISIS and its followers.
Her experience in the U.S. Senate allowed her to forge bipartisan alliances to get things done. Clinton was known for working across the aisle, much more so than President Obama. Where Obama missed on the alliances to make deals, Clinton will win over those she has worked with in the past.
When it comes to the economy, Clinton will have the benefit of experience from having a ringside seat to one of the longest and most prosperous economic recoveries in history during the 1990s during the two terms of her husband. She will have seen what works and will be able to easily check off a bipartisan list of successes from that earlier era of economic prosperity.
Clinton will be able to make progress on tax reform, welfare reform and reasonable business policies that ensure the safety of Americans’ 401(k)s and college savings plans. She will make sure the opportunity for the American Dream comes with a level playing field.
The grandmother and mother also wins on character and temperament. She is not a flawless candidate — no one with public service experience ever is — but she knows eight words that count most when she is wrong: “I made a mistake. I take full responsibility.”
For every strength Clinton brings to the office of the president, Donald Trump pales in comparison. He loses on intellect, temperament, character, optimism, leadership and values. These pages have detailed his flaws in three previous editorials that pointed to his disrespect for the First Amendment, his willful disparaging of groups of hard-working Americans, women and people of color, and his discarding of values that every American president should hold sacred.
Hillary Clinton will lead America to a bright future where we can be secure in our country and confident in prosperity for all.