Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is destroying the democracy of the United States gradually with his inappropriate behaviors, according to Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit on Thursday.
Bezos emphasized that Trump should welcome scrutiny to show “great confidence,” something the Republican presidential contender failed to do. The Amazon CEO believes that anyone running for president must be transparent to the American people.
Trump threatens retribution against his critics
Trump continues to attack the media for allegedly creating a rigged system and poisoning the minds of voters. He refused to release his tax returns citing an IRS audit as a reason. The IRS said an audit does not prevent a person from releasing his/her tax returns. The Tax History Project showed that since the 1970s, Republican nominees since Richard Nixon (at one time was under audit), released their tax returns.
Bezos also noted that Trump is threatening retribution or retaliation against those who criticized him. “When you look at the pattern of things, he’s not just going after the media and threatening retribution for those who scrutinize him. It’s also him saying he may not give a graceful concession speech if he loses the election. That erodes our democracy around the edges. These aren’t acceptable behaviors, in my opinion,” he said.
“Trying to chill the media and threaten retribution, retaliation—which is what he has done in a number of cases to people involved in the media—is not appropriate. We have freedom of speech in this country. It’s written in our Constitution,” he added.
In July, during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Trump suggested that the broadcaster was “unfair” for asking him about a survey that puts him in a negative light. Cooper told Trump, “I started off with the Washington Post poll. Intentionally, because I knew you would accuse me of that.” The Republican nominee went on and said, “Let me tell you. Let me tell you. The people don’t trust you and the people don’t trust the media. And I understand why.”
Earlier this year, the Republican presidential nominee banned a dozen of media organizations including the Washington Post, from his news conferences and campaign events.
According to Bezos, one of the things that make the United States an amazing country is that “we are allowed to criticize and scrutinize our elected leaders.” He noted, “There are other countries where if you criticize your elected leader, you’ll go to jail, or worse, you may disappear.”
Bezos added, “The appropriate thing for a presidential candidate to do is to say, I’m running for the highest office in the most important country in the world. Please scrutinize me. That would signal great confidence.”
Trump is facing numerous sexual harassment allegations
Bezos owns the Washington Post, which first revealed the 2005 video footage of Trump making lewd comments about women.
In the video, Trump told Billy Bush, the former Access Hollywood host, who is now a co-host of NBC’s Today show, that women allowed him to do anything he wants because he is a “star.” He said, he just starts kissing “beautiful” women.
Trump said, “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything — grab them by the p—y.” He apologized for his remarks in the video.
Since then, several women came out accusing the Republican presidential contender of sexual harassment. Trump strongly denied the allegations, and described their claims as “phony and totally ridiculous.”
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