According to three failed presidential candidates, Donald Trump does not have the right temperament to be President of the United States. But one must ask: Did Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, or Mitt Romney have the right temperament to survive and succeed in their presidential campaigns? Their election results speak for themselves.
Even the so-called experts – the TV political pundits and commentators – consistently claim that Trump does not have the right temperament to be president. Yet, the most glaring issue with this popular meme is that many of the pundits don’t know the difference between temperament – which we’re born with – and personality, which is shaped by our social environments.
All one has to do is review the pundits’ commentary and opponents’ Tweets to see that the main criticism of Trump is his personality, not his temperament.
The truth is, much of the criticisms of Trump focuses on his astute ability to zero in and attack his opponent’s weaknesses. It is easier to label Trump a “bully” than to accept the assessments of his competitors. For example, while Jeb Bush took pride in being a “joyful tortoise,” once Trump labelled him as “low-energy,” it was all over for Bush.
Trump’s uncanny ability to take the voters’ pulse resonates with the public because he says what others have been thinking. And while controversial, Trump has grabbed everyone’s attention by describing the potential solutions in concrete, utilitarian terms: ‘’Build a wall,” “Until we know what the hell is going on, ban Muslims from coming to the USA,” and “Make America great again.’’
In one GOP debate, Senator Ted Cruz refrained from criticising Trump’s temperament, saying, “I think that is an assessment the voters are going to make.” Cruz was right: The voters were able to see what Trump would bring to the presidency better than anyone else.
So, let’s finally put this criticism of Trump’s temperament to rest: His temperament isexactly what our country needs at this critical time in our history.
The United States of America is poised for the greatest, most necessary, and vital transformation in decades, and Trump’s temperament falls into the same category as such history-making former presidents as Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan.
How do I know? Simple. Mr. Trump, at my request, took the Keirsey Presidential Temperament Evaluation; an unbiased assessment tool used to evaluate the temperament of 41 presidents.
Trump’s Keirsey Presidential Evaluation revealed that he is a master of the practical; he eschews “social approval” and instead strives to find and implement solutions that work; he’s astutely aware of reality; he prefers concrete tactical solutions to abstract concepts; and he values “doing the right thing in the right way at the right time.” If diplomacy has a tactical purpose, he’ll make it a priority.
So, how does Trump compare to some of these former presidents? Let’s start with personality descriptions of JFK and LBJ. Johnson lacked Kennedy’s East Coast breeding, social connections, and urbane style, wit, and grace. Johnson was more like an axe, preferring to be brazen and pugnacious. Compared to Kennedy, LBJ was considered rude, unpolished, and sometimes cunning.