Daniel Akerson, former CEO and chairman of General Motors, says that he has always voted Republican. That is, until Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, came along anyway. In an op-ed article for the Washington Post, Akerson explains why he will vote Democrat for his first time ever this year:
“I am the son of a World War II and Korean War veteran. As a young man, the men I respected most were my father and my uncles, who collectively fought in the Battle of the Atlantic and the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, D-Day, Iwo Jima and Inchon. I came of age in the service of our nation. I never had a draft card. I entered the U.S. Naval Academy before my 18th birthday and served in the Navy for five years. My older brother volunteered as well. Simply put, it was expected. We were raised in a good Catholic home and believed in God and country. My wife of 44 years and I have sought to pass these values to our kids and grandkids.”
“And I have always voted for Republicans for president. Not this year.”
He describes himself as the son of a World War II and Korean War veteran, emphasizing how much military tradition means to his family. Akerson then denounces Trump for comparing his experience in real estate to a mother whose son was killed in combat while serving in the U.S. Army, and says that this type of behavior disqualifies him from being president.
“The compelling rationale behind this decision: leadership. A good leader must demonstrate such qualities as competence, integrity, empathy, character and temperament. Hillary Clinton has these essential qualities. Donald Trump does not.”
Daniel argues that Trump is just not competent enough to be president. He believes The Donald has a rudimentary grasp of economic policy and foreign affairs, and has a trade policy that would repeat some of the same mistakes that led us into the Great Depression.
“Trump claims great business prowess. Running the U.S. government is perhaps the most complex global chief executive job in the world. Everything one does as the leader of the free world is watched by markets, foreign governments, our competitors and our enemies. This requires a steady hand and temperament.”
Everyone knows that Donald Trump has a very short fuse and the temperament of a 4-year-old; definitely a characteristic that any leader, especially the POTUS, should not have.
“Unfortunately, Trump has appealed to the lowest common denominators in our society: prejudice, xenophobia and intolerance. He has mocked people with disabilities, tarred ethnic minorities, demeaned women and insulted religious leaders, including the pope.”
We can all agree that the majority of Trump supporters are racists, and the fact that Trump himself has mocked people with disabilities and belittled women at every opportunity, pretty much says it all. So why is this life-long Republican voting for Hillary instead?
“By contrast, Clinton has been tested. She has demonstrated balance, calm and an even temperament. She has an unparalleled knowledge of foreign and economic policy; she has run complex organizations such as the State Department. Over the years, she has demonstrated that she can take criticism and work with even her most strident political opponents. Like other leaders, including myself, she has made mistakes. I believe she has learned from those mistakes. In my opinion, she is ready to be commander in chief on Day One.”
You can check out the full op-ed here.