Hi, my name is Juan Gomez and this week, I’m going to write this Fox News Latino Op- Ed for Rick Sanchez. Sanchez would have written it himself, but he’s absolutely exhausted what with all the women he sleeps with on a nightly basis. The guy is incredible! He’s a health care executive who recently founded a thriving company. Women flock to him. Yea, you know, it’s hard to fight off so many beautiful women when you’re Rick Sanchez, because of his amazing persona. I spend a lot of time with the guy, I’m his PR guru and I’ll tell you, even I am kind of smitten. He’s absolutely amazing!
Hi, I’m back. Time to tell Juan to move along and ask the following question: What would you be capable of doing if you had absolutely no moral compass? Could you become a fictitious person, lying and misrepresenting yourself in order to hurt your ex-wife and boost your own ego? Could you do that? And could you sleep with yourself after doing so?
If that’s our new bar, if Donald Trump’s actions — constantly lying, offending, insulting, and now misrepresenting his way to the White House is what we have come to accept, then I say we’re done!
This week Donald Trump was caught red-handed lying about something that would have caused most of us great shame — so much embarrassment that we would have dropped out of the race. Is it me? Am I crazy? Am I absolutely nuts to think that a man willing to pick up the phone and create some character named “John Miller” and another named “John Barron” to elevate his ego would be capable of anything?
Trump lied and misrepresented himself in such a way as to get anyone else canned. If the shoe were on the other foot and a reporter would have done that to him, they would have been immediately fired. As they should be! It would have happened to a government employee, to a law enforcement officer without a warrant, to a member of our military, to most C-level management types and the list could go on and on. But not to Donald Trump?
In 1991, Sue Carswell, a reporter at People magazine, called Trump’s office for an interview with him. Later, she got a return call from Trump pretending to be Trump’s publicist, a man named John Miller. Here are parts of that transcript:
We begin with how Trump is so popular and in demand: “Well, I’m sort of handling PR because he gets so much of it.”
Now, we move in the area of whom he’s dating and how all women want him: (Remember, this is really Trump talking about himself).
“I think it’s somebody that -- you know, she’s beautiful. I saw her once quickly and she’s beautiful and all, but I think that he’s got a whole open field really. A lot of the people that you write about, and you people do a great job, by the way, but a lot of the people that you write about really are -- I mean, they call. They just call. Actresses, people that you write about just call to see if they can go out with him and things.
Now, we hear John Miller (AKA Donald Trump) attacking and “laughing” at his ex-wife:
“Ivana, when she didn’t settle, she made a huge mistake and she’s now had a huge fight with her lawyer, Michael Kennedy, over why they made the settlement. And it’s over. He sort of laughs at everything.”
Now, “Miller” has to make clear that it was Trump who broke up with Ivana.
“Ivana wants to get back with Donald, but she...”
Interviewer: “Really? After saying on Barbara Walters that she never would
“You know, she’s a pretty savvy woman and she’s not going to say -- I mean, he’s living with Marla and he’s got three other girlfriends, and then, and she’s not going to say, I really want to get back, you know? She wants to get back, she’s told it to a lot of her friends and she’s told it to him, but it’s so highly unlikely. That’s off the record. He left. I mean, it was his choice to leave and he left.
“His choice to leave,” he says. It’s important to Donald Trump that while he’s using his power and influence to bamboozle an unsuspecting reporter, he also takes the opportunity to humiliate and demoralize his ex-wife publicly. Presidential metal? I think not.
Could you do something like this? Could you pretend to be somebody else and lie about yourself in order to inflate your own ego? Or would your own sense of morality stop you from doing so?
If your answer is no, then why would you accept that from a man wants to be our president, our leader? If that’s our new bar, if Donald Trump’s actions — constantly lying, offending, insulting, and now misrepresenting his way to the White House is what we have come to accept, then I say we’re done!
It’s not easy to say that about the country I love — the country that opened its arms to me when I was in need as a refugee to our shores. Ronald Reagan expounded on John Winthrop’s famous line about America as a “shining city upon a hill.” He went on to describe us as “a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace.”
How different that is from Donald Trump’s America? How different from Donald Trump? If our course is to be less like Reagan and more like Trump, then our nation has failed. There, I said it. And unlike our presumptive nominee, I’ll put my name on it. My real name that is!