4. Stormy Daniels
Also notable, they argue, are Trump’s contradictory statements about a $130,000 payment by the president’s lawyer Michael Cohen to Stephanie Clifford, better known as adult film actress Stormy Daniels. The complaint says that Trump has “clearly not been honest” about the payments, which makes him a person of poor character.
After Clifford described her affair on the national television program “60 Minutes” in March, and the subsequent truth about
payments being made became fact, Trump had no choice but to finally admit on Twitter that he was the source of that payment; that he himself reimbursed Cohen, and with his own—not his campaign’s—money. Trump’s tweets directly contradict his—and his team’s—past statements about the so-called “hush money” paid to Daniels, Vogue explains in its May editions. “Donald Trump lied about Stormy Daniels,” the magazine wrote. “Why should we believe he isn't still lying?” Good point.
“Donald Trump lied about Stormy Daniels. Why should we believe he isn't still lying?"
— Vogue, May 2018
5. Trump's treatment of the less-powerful
Then there’s the issue that Trump “consistently takes advantage of those who are less powerful, a trait of those who lack good character,” according to the complaint. They argue that Trump University’s effort to defraud 5,000 students using a “bait and switch scheme,” his failure to pay business contractors documented in numerous lawsuits and news articles, and 16 allegations of sexual assault by women all offer evidence that the president doesn’t have what it takes to legally sell alcohol in DC.
The complainants point, too, to Trump’s racist remarks before and after he became president. They argue that he’s dividing the country along racial lines and dehumanizing immigrants and people of certain nations.
Trump International Hotel’s D.C. liquor license should be revoked because it’s in the public interest based to do so, the complaint concludes. “Although the true and actual owner is the President of the United States, he is subject to the same good character requirement that applies to all other licensees. There is no statutory exception for the rich or the powerful,” it states.
Not convinced? Ask Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who spoke at an emerging technology summit in New Delhi in March?
"I can never stand Donald Trump. The way he treats people is very negative,” Wozniak told a gathering at PayPal's Innovation Hub. “(He) is a very rude person. Would I ever want a child of mine to grow up talking that nastily about other people? Absolutely not. It just offends me.”
6. Lies, lies and more lies
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris recently explained to Time Magazine why “Donald Trump can't kill the truth” in its May editions.
“How many times have I been asked: Is truth dead? Or at least, if truth as a concept has been hopelessly compromised?” Morris asks. “Many, many times. But truth is still with us and hasn’t been compromised.”
Encouraging words in light of a man who has told more than 3,000 false or misleading claims during his first year-and-a-half in office, according to a study Morris cites by the Washington Post. “Is this just political in nature? Is it fake news? A gross misrepresentation?” he again asks.
No, Trump is a habitual liar. He can't help himself. From boasting that a 2016 rally saw an audience about four times as large as it actually was; to saying he has “essentially gotten rid" of Obamacare; to saying Germany exports “millions” of cars to the U.S. when many are made here; to the fact that he didn't sleep with Stormy Daniels or grab women's genitalia. We don't believe you.
“Properly speaking,” Morris writes, “this should not be considered a partisan issue. The truth is not a liberal plot. Truth stands apart from any political party and any kind of partisanship.” The truth is indisputable. It is steeped in fact. Trump lacks the character to discern either.