In truth I've been pondering the same question myself, but not for the same reasons as Thomas L. Friedman.
I can't imagine how anybody could cast their vote for someone so mean.
The latest chapter in this Mean Pilgrim's Progress is, of course, is the revelation of Trump's humiliation of
And even more confounding, why did his supporters not turn from him in disgust after he ridiculed those men? Why didn't his campaign crash and burn on the spot either time? Why are there still people who defend his bullying of Alicia Marchado and, according to new emerging testimony, other young contestants while they were participants in his beauty pagent?
Why do do so many millions of Americans find that kind of behavior acceptable for a President?
What's our problem?
But worse than the cruelty disseminated by his verbal meanness is the outcome when his meanness melds with his greed, as it did in his Trump University scam.
According to Eric Schneidermann, a New York Post reporter and plaintiff in one of several lawsuits against Trump University:
"Students were told that they would get “apprenticeship” support, access to private funding sources and even a chance to meet Trump himself, which got a high-pressure sales pitch. The three-day seminar started at $1,495, and recently released documents confirm that students were pressured to increase their credit card limits to enable them to pay as much as $35,000 for supposed special mentorship programs... Trump University students were defrauded of $40 million, with about $5 million going to Trump himself".
How many people in already precarious financial straights are now drowning in debt because of the Trump Universtiy scam? How many others lost their life savings? These weren't wealthy Wall Street moguls who were defrauded of some insignificant disposable income,
And what about all the contractors, architects, painters, dishwashers, bartenders, and other laborers whom Donald Trump refused to pay or pay fully for their work?
I don't know. I call it being mean.