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Watching The Trump Debacle, I'm Grateful To Be Canadian

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Just when you think he can't sink any lower, he exceeds your expectations. There seems to be no limit as to the depths to which he can plunge. The depths to which he can drag himself, his family, his brand, his party and his country.

How anyone can condone his actions, make excuses for him, defend him, support and vote for him is absolutely beyond me. All I can say is, "shame on you."

What's really astounding is, his "reach" extends far beyond the U.S. He has stopped the world in its tracks and we're all riveted, including here, in Canada. I saw it up close and personal this past week, with my previous HuffPost blog.

Frankly, I was surprised (pleasantly) by the number of likes and comments the post got, and how passionate, engaged and knowledgeable everyone is about Trump and this presidential race. We are Canadians, after all, and this isn't our election or our problem, at least not directly. Although I do believe that if he gets elected we'll all be affected and not in a good way.

It was also interesting, and disconcerting, to see that even here he has his fans. That really made me gulp, let me tell you. Canadians are not like him, in my experience anyway. If anything we've always been accused of being boring, of being too polite. So I really hope the couple of supportive comments I saw are an anomaly.

We are so much better than that.

No, I am not an idealist who sees Canada through rose-coloured glasses. We're not perfect by any means. We have mistakes to correct and amends to make. We have work to do.

But would we ever succumb to the toxic rhetoric of a sleaze ball like Donald Trump? Would we let a dangerous lunatic like him drag our country through the mud, making a mockery of everything we stand for, making us the laughing stock of the world, putting everything we hold dear at risk, turning us against each other, turning us against our allies?

I think not.

I hope not.

Which is all I could think of as I was about to take my first bite of Thanksgiving turkey. How lucky I am to be a Canadian. How lucky we all are. We have so much to be thankful for.

Donald Trump's epic fail is as a husband, a father and a grandfather. As a man and as a human being.

That's when I thought of "the" tape that was released last Friday, the one where he bragged about being able to do "anything he wanted to women because he's a star," going into lewd, disgusting, obscene detail about exactly what that meant. Which, in turn, caused me to think about his daughter, Ivanka.

As a woman, how must she have felt hearing that? As a mother, of a daughter (and two sons), how must she have felt about that? For that matter, how must she have felt when her own father told Howard Stern it was OK to call her "a piece of ass?"

So what if he's "really, really rich." So what if his kids went to the best private schools and most prestigious universities. So what if they fly in private planes and stay in luxurious resorts and live in penthouse mansions. So what if money is no object.

Let's talk about what all that money can't buy them -- a father they can be proud of. A man they can respect and look up to.

Despite all the evidence to the contrary, there are those who still refuse to give him a failing grade on his ignorance on all things political. But with remarks like those we heard this past week, and his conduct generally throughout this presidential race, one thing is certain:

Donald Trump's epic fail is as a husband, a father and a grandfather. As a man and as a human being. Never have I been more grateful for the parents I had.

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