After every major event that upends people’s safety and security – whether it’s an airline crash, a mass shooting, or Brexit – Donald Trump’s first instinct is to do a victory lap and make reprehensible proclamations about how it glorifies him. In stark contrast, Hillary Clinton’s first instinct is to both urge calm and personify it. That is the only appropriate response for a statesperson.
Donald is once again reveling in volatility, as the Brexit vote causes turmoil in the UK and in the global markets. Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned, Scotland’s second independence referendum will almost certainly be accelerated, and the global economy has been thrown into crisis — and he’s thrilled about all of it, calling Brexit a “great thing.”
Not only does Donald view it as a “great thing,” he doesn’t think it requires much more thought than that:
Meanwhile, Hillary has released a statement expressing concern for working people and the effect this sort of volatility and turmoil may have on their lives.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 24, 2016
“This time of uncertainty only underscores the need for calm, steady, experienced leadership in the White House.”
Truer words never spoken.
Those words were echoed today by Hillary’s Senior Policy Adviser Jake Sullivan, who observed that she “has the relationships to work our allies in times of economic uncertainty,” while “Donald Trump actively rooted for this outcome, and he’s rooting for the economic turmoil in its wake. He said that a falling British pound is good for his golf business. He actually said that. He actually put his golf business ahead of the interests of working families in the United States.”
“When major events like this happen,” he added, “we need effective, experienced leadership. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton worked to restore America’s global leadership in the aftermath of the great recession. And she has proven time and again that she has the judgement, the temperament, and the experience to make America stronger even in the face of headwinds from abroad.”
We do not need a leader who feasts on volatility with zero regard for the resulting instability and the tumult it wreaks in the lives of the most vulnerable people.
To the absolute contrary, we need a leader who sees the havoc that wildly fluctuating markets, leadership voids, empowerment of white nationalism, and the potential crumbling of a major global alliance will cause on average people if calm is not restored.
Donald parading around Scotland, crowing about how “fantastic” the Brexit vote is, when it has left Scotland, in particular, with no good options, is an embarrassment. And worse yet: It is dangerous.
Real leaders, good leaders, emerge in times of crisis. Hillary is clearly the only person who is fit and prepared to lead.
Because all we will get from Donald, the Vulture of Volatility, is an exacerbation of the very problems that are exposing vulnerable people to further harm.
[Peter Daou contributed to this article.]