A week ago, Richard Branson wrote on his blog that he wants “an entrepreneur to become President one day – just not Donald Trump.”
Branson described Trump’s temperament as being “irrational and aggressive” and said he lacked “informed ideas on how to grow jobs in America.”
You know, basically everything any rational person already recognizes. He went into more detail in today’s post on a personal experience he had with Donald Trump, which only solidifies those conclusions.
Several years ago, Donald Trump invited Branson to lunch in his Manhattan apartment. It was a one-on-one meeting between the two billionaires. Branson describes the lunch conversation as “bizarre,” saying:
“Even before the starters arrived he began telling me about how he had asked a number of people for help after his latest bankruptcy and how five of them were unwilling to help. He told me he was going to spend the rest of his life destroying these five people.”
Branson says he advised Trump that seeking revenge on people may not be the best way to spend the rest of one’s life. He also wondered if Trump would be asking him for money and if he, too, would end up on Trump’s
shit list for refusing.
What Branson wrote next are words any voting American needs to read and really think about. He says:
“What concerns me most, based upon my personal experiences with Donald Trump, is his vindictive streak, which could be so dangerous if he got into the White House. For somebody who is running to be the leader of the free world to be so wrapped up in himself, rather than concerned with global issues, is very worrying.”
And, that’s really the biggest risk with a Trump presidency. This is not a man who has shown any actions of selflessness, nor has he ever presented any true aspirations to better anyone but himself. A leader of a nation must put the nation’s interest before his or her own. Our president represents us, we do not represent our president.
Richard Branson also spoke of a one-on-one lunch he had with Hillary Clinton. He describes a stark contrast in the two meetings, saying:
“Later, I remember contrasting the lunch with a one-to-one lunch I shared with Hillary Clinton. Here we talked about education reform, the war on drugs, women’s rights, conflicts around the globe and the death penalty. She was a good listener as well as an eloquent speaker. As she understands well, the President of the United States needs to understand and be engaged with wider world issues, rather than be consumed by petty personal quarrels.”
While we may never have an opportunity to meet our candidates in real life and truly know who they are, much knowledge can be gained from listening to people who have met them. Branson’s account of his meeting of Trump is certainly in line with the person we’ve seen during this campaign and that person has no business being the leader of the free world.
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