I am voting for Biden…to end the Trump nightmare

President Donald J. Trump walks to speak with members of the press along the South Lawn driveway, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour/Flickr)

Along with the rest of the world and tens of millions of Americans, I am hoping that the nightmare called Trump will be over on November 3.

Fortunately, Trump just announced that if he loses the election, he will leave the United States. That is the best thing he has said in four years! He is probably worried he will go to jail after he loses the election for the multiple crimes he has committed both during and after holding office. The only problem is which country would be willing to give him refuge; maybe Turkey or Azerbaijan. Or maybe Israel.

I know that some Armenians will not be happy with my position. But I have always strongly expressed my point of view as honestly as I could. I sincerely believe that Trump has been a menace to the United States and the world! Hopefully, with Trump’s defeat on Nov. 3, we will all breathe a big sigh of relief. We will once again live in a free democratic country without the fear of a dictator ruining our health and our lives.

There are not enough negative words in the dictionary to describe all the wrong things Trump has said and done in the past four years. This must come to a stop. It will take a long time for the next U.S. President to undo the damage that Trump has done to America and the world.

The Washington Post has meticulously kept track of Trump’s lies and exaggerations. As of May 2020, Trump has lied over 20-thousand times since becoming President. He is a serial liar. You cannot trust a word he says. He says one thing in the morning and the opposite in the evening. When confronted, he says he did not say it, even when it is proven by a tape recording of his own voice. He said in a speech in 2018: don’t believe what you are reading or what you are seeing! In other words, ignore the facts and trust his lies.

The only thing you can trust is that Trump will do what is in his self-interest. As President he has directed business to his hotels and golf courses around the world. He owes $400 million to unknown individuals and entities, but will not reveal their names. Could it be that some of the dictators he embraces are the ones that loaned him these funds. And that could be the reason, among others, why Trump adamantly refuses to make his tax returns public.

Turning to the coronavirus pandemic, Trump’s incompetence and ignorance has caused the deaths of over 220,000 Americans as of now, with the count going up every day. He never took the deadly virus seriously, describing it as a Democrat hoax and said on Feb. 27, 2020 at the White House that “It’s going to disappear. One day—it’s like a miracle—it will disappear.” Regrettably, many more will die before this pandemic is over. Trump has held large political rallies around the country and several events at the White House with most attendees not wearing masks and no social distancing. Many of them, Trump’s own voters, were infected and some died. Trump and his family were also infected, but it seems he has not learned any lessons from his reckless behavior.

Trump has confessed that he is in love with dictators and against traditional U.S. allies. Trump told journalist Bob Woodward in a taped interview: “I get along very well with Erdogan, even though you’re not supposed to because everyone says, ‘what a horrible guy.’ But you know, for me it works out good. It’s funny, the relationships I have, the tougher and the meaner they are, the better I get along with them. You’ll explain that to me someday, okay? But maybe it’s not a bad thing. … The easy ones are the ones I maybe don’t like as much or don’t get along with so much.”

It is therefore not surprising that Pres. Trump has not lifted a finger to pressure his good friend Erdogan to stop arming and encouraging Azerbaijan in the attack on Artsakh. He is not even interested in telling Erdogan to stop flying terrorists from Northern Syria to Azerbaijan, because Trump does not have anything personal to gain from the Artsakh conflict. Meanwhile, young Armenian soldiers are dying every day. If Trump wanted to, he could have stopped the war with one phone call to Erdogan. But, as Trump confessed to Breitbart News Daily in 2015:  “I have a little conflict of interest ’cause I have a major, major building in Istanbul. It’s a tremendously successful job. It’s called Trump Towers—two towers, instead of one, not the usual one, it’s two.”

On Oct. 18, after noticing a group of Armenian protesters in Orange County, California, at a rally in Reno, Nevada, later that day, Trump praised Armenians and said he liked their flag. Even though he made no reference to the Artsakh War, he said, “we are working on something.” Trump may be alluding to the Oct. 23 planned meeting in Washington, DC, of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan. As Trump often says, “let’s see what happens.”

Many books have been written in recent months by either Trump’s relatives or his White House staff, revealing his multiple flaws. Recently, former White House Chief of Staff retired General John Kelly said about Trump: “The depths of his dishonesty are just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life.”

One of the amazing things about Trump supporters is their blind following of Trump as their cult leader, no matter how despicable his actions or statements are. How can evangelicals and other decent people ignore his immoral practices and his lies? He has had many illicit sexual affairs with prostitutes and paid them hush money. He has probably not entered a church in his life, yet he is worshipped like a God! This is very sad and regrettable.

Trump has also ruined the United States’ reputation around the world. According to a Pew poll, Russia’s Putin is more respected than Trump and he is just one point ahead of China’s Xi Jinping (29-percent to 28-percent) among world leaders. The Trump administration has also violated several international agreements signed by the United States.

To conclude, a vote for Biden is a vote to get rid of Trump. I am not naïve to believe campaign promises, but one thing is sure, Trump must go. So regardless of what Biden promises to do, he cannot be any worse than Trump for Armenian Americans, for Armenia, for the United States and the world. We have seen four years of Trump’s inept governance and that is long enough for me and many others. No wonder many analysts have said, “Trump is unfit to be President.” It is time for sanity to return to the White House! Imagine the damage Trump could do in a second term if uninhibited by concerns for reelection!

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Harut Sassounian

California Courier Editor
Harut Sassounian is the publisher of The California Courier, a weekly newspaper based in Glendale, Calif. He is the president of the United Armenian Fund, a coalition of the seven largest Armenian-American organizations. He has been decorated by the president and prime minister of the Republic of Armenia, and the heads of the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic churches. He is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

23 Comments

  1. You are free to vote for whoever you want.
    Trump is a nightmare only for democrats and other crooks.

    Not one reason you listed makes sense.
    The John Kelly supposed comment is not even public. It “reported” he said it private.
    But hey, someone who is desperate would hang on a straw.

    Say what you want about Trump, but at least he never had fundraisers with Turkish and Azerbaijani donors, like Biden and Obama, never said Erdogan is the most trusted friend over the rest of the world leaders, never said he takes parenting advice on how to raise his daughters from Erdogan, like Obama, and never promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide and then back-stabbed us like Obama, and never lied and said the Armenian president asked him not to recognize the Armenian Genocide, like Joe Biden did.

    This list goes on.

    Good luck to you with such flawed logic.
    No wonder politicians play us every election year.

    Me and my entire family are voting for Trump.
    At least he never promised anything to us, fought for the American citizens, not for sale like Biden and the rest of the politicians.

    • Trump is the reason why Turkey attacked Armenia. Think about that when you’re standing in line to vote.

    • Trump gave nearly 100 million dollars of security aid to Azerbaijan and has one of his prized Trump Towers in Istanbul. Bush also granted a steep spike in Azerbaijani security aid in his last fiscal year, which Obama steeply cut, and went on to fund Armenia’s Security aid more than any other president in the last decade. Check your cult leader and blind following.

    • Guess you forgot about how he abandoned Puerto Rico and then let over 200,000 US citizens die of the coronavirus.

    • Sounds like you and your entire family are followers. As Mr. Sassounian eloquently put it Donald Trump owes $400 million to the nastiest people in the world. Armenians are being played by the Saudis. There is a Saudi Prince who is 25% Armenian. His name is Al Waleed Bin Talal, a second cousin of Kim Kardashian and first cousin of her late father Robert. He is the grandson of the first king of Saudi Arabia. His maternal grandmother, an Armenian Genocide survivor, was presented to the nearly 60 year old Saudi Prince at the tender age of 12. His father was Lebanon’s first prime Minister. He is the richest man in Saudi Arabia. He owns controlling shares of Twitter and Fox. I’ll ride for Armenians all day, but you guys gotta show me you know wHats really going on, like Harut. If you were to investigate how Trump paid off some his debt from the 90s you would find out that Al Waleed laundered Iran-Contra money through him by buying his yacht for $20 million in 1992 and by buying the Trump plaza hotel in 1995. Those money’s that were paid to Trump came directly from Adnan Khashoggi, meaning it was money laundered from drug and gun running. Trump will never be re elected. And I swear you guys are lucky there is Armenians like Harut who don’t bite their tongues out of fear or group speak.

    • As an Armenian American I am amazed how any one of us will have respect for Trump. Do you not understand that part of the reason his taxes are not released is because of money he gets from the Turkish government? How any one Armenian will ever say a nice thing about Trump is beyond belief. There are lots of fake Turkish accounts posing as Armenians though

  2. Your article convinced me of how bad Trump is for Armenian Americans, for Armenia, for the U.S. and the world as much as you will be convinced that Biden is a life long, racist, corrupt, arrogant, liar, politician with a hollow core bowing to whomever will pay for play. As Biden would say if we were politically relevant, if you don’t vote for Biden then you are not Armenian!

  3. It will be best if each Armenian makes her or his decision about who to vote for and do so with understanding of the political and social consequences of our decision that extend beyond the one individual in question. These articles are doing more harm than good to the Armenians in the United States. It will be best if we sometimes exercise the art of restraint than broadcast what we think about personally in newspapers.

  4. Very well said, give him a first class ticket to afghanistan or something like that, i dont understand the american people, how can you choose a clown like him as president

    • Harout’s article does one thing … divide us Armenians when we are all united. Stop dividing us with this rhetoric. It’s simple if you believe in socialism vote for Biden. If you believe in capitalism then vote for Trump. Biden thinks Trump is Abraham Lincoln … Let that sink in before you vote.

  5. I think it would be best that Armenians in America focus on what unifies us….Artsakh and Armenia. The reality is that Biden is no different from an Armenian perspective. He had eight years and delivered zero. Believing campaign slogans is the ultimate naive act by Armenians regardless of your political persuasion. How silly to jump on his empty words…”I will recognize the Armenian Genocide” Have we no dignity after eight years of nothing. At least Samantha Powers had the class to apologize to Armenians for not effectively influencing policy. Biden carries on like the eight years didn’t exist. Please. Focus on Artsakh. Don’t distract our attention.

    • Did you see what Biden wrote on his website? About ho Azerbaijan should make clear to Armenia that regions surrounding noghorno Kharabagh should not be occupied by the Armenians indefinitely? How can you will support Biden after this?

  6. Looking for news on the war I ended up here.I couldn’t get past a paragraph or two of this opinion.Trumps a spoiled New Yorker , used to getting his way. I being a New Yorker understand him totally, you people on the West Coast to thin skinned. Also would you really want Kamala to have a chance to get in? Another point is as an Armenian knowing that my grandmother at 8 years old forced to watched her family gets stabbed to death in front of her including her infant brother at the end of a Turkish bayonet,any Armenian would want to protect life and not put in a pro abortion candidate with a pro abortion vice presidential candidate end of story. Wake up!

  7. It is hard to believe that after all these years of ” White House nothing”, which will continue, Armenians still respond with hope to candidate statements about genocide and urge voting accordingly.
    Genocide statements from presidential candidates should be on page 5 of our papers and not page 1.
    Yet, we are insulted and come back for more.
    We continue adding to our delusions and then wonder “what happened”.
    How about we create some energy to get stronger in the Congress and vote according to platforms that better our lives as U.S. citizens.
    In so doing, we can live in an environment to better our lives– and families– and as a result give more energy to the Armenian cause.

    • You’re absolutely right. Americans look on as if we are crazy because we are not supporting the best candidates for America. If Joe Biden wins, why would be help us? When we could’ve been talking with him we were begging his opponent for help in Orange County. Trump has only a couple months left In power.

  8. Democrats are much more likely to take action against Azerbaijan. The Congressional letter condemning Azerbaijan drew 50 signatures from Democrats but only 3 from Republicans.

  9. I am under no illusions about what sort of person Biden is, but do we really want four more years of the freak show that we’ve seen?

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