As I watched last night’s presidential debate, I couldn’t help but to become more outraged at the immature behavior of Donald Trump towards Hillary Clinton.
Instead of apologizing for his lewd comments he made to Billy Bush about Nancy O’Dell back in 2005 from the Access Hollywood video, he used a totally lame excuse that it was just “locker room talk” between he and Bush.
As a devoted husband, a loving father of three beautiful daughters and the brother to several sisters, I refuse to sit silent and watch him disrespect the millions of women in our country who deserve better from someone who wishes to become president of the United States.
During the debate there were several topics the moderators brought up which Trump totally stumbled over and deflected to attacking Hillary for the transgressions of Bill Clinton. When the issue of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare was brought up, I was eager to hear what policies Trump may present. Instead all he did was attack President Obama and spew negative rhetoric about how he would repeal it and make it better.
Again, he missed an excellent opportunity to share his actual plan.
As a heart surgeon, I know too well the serious issues millions of Americans face when having to deal with life-altering, unexpected health issues that become a great financial burden due to a lack of medical coverage. Sure the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect and there are things that need to be tweaked to improve it. However, it is disingenuous to ignore the fact that Obamacare has granted millions of Americans access to health insurance that were excluded before due to pre-existing health conditions.
When the topic of ISIS and the loss of lives of thousands of military soldiers was brought up, I was enraged at the reckless tone Trump used by stating things that simply were not true. For starters, he said that if he were president, ISIS wouldn’t exist and that is an outright lie. Trump has repeatedly stated that he knows more about ISIS than the generals. As a proud Colonel who has served 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and has been deployed three times to Iraq and Afghanistan, it infuriates me to my core when I think of all of the brave men and women who have served our great country to protect the very freedoms and rights that he enjoys.
The idea that Trump would disrespect our military veterans who were prisoners of war like Senator John McCain in that way, all while running to become president and commander-in-chief is beyond mind boggling.
I hope that this November America shows the world that we refuse to allow a racist, male chauvinist to become our leader. The African-American community deserves a president who values our existence and Hillary Clinton has shown over the years that she is a willing partner for our issues.
Dr. Cooper is the medical director of Cardiovascular Surgery at WellStar Health Systems in Marietta, GA. He has served 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserves where he is a Colonel and has completed three tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He has a new book, “Heart Attack: Tragedy, Truth and Triumph.” Follow him on Twitter @DrCoopMD.