When you have 15 challengers, you have to find a way to stand out. The thing about 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, though, is that he's not used to sharing the spotlight with anyone -- EVER.
A lot of Republicans voters seem to love that about him (right now, anyway), because despite a series of outrageous pronouncements that would have ruined any other candidate, Trump is leading all other GOP rivals in the latest polls.
What does that say about all those people who are backing him and showing up by the hundreds -- he'd say thousands -- at his rallies? What do they see in Trump and how can they look beyond his bullying tactics to see someone who could lead our country? Are they the ones we should really be worried about? We took a closer look at some of the praise "The Donald" has been getting -- and why those qualities are actually a problem for someone with his eye on the Oval Office.
He's Got No Time For Political Correctness
Why that's a problem: At a time when the Confederate flag is coming down across the South and the Obama administration has been trying to make inroads on immigration and racial equality, cheering a candidate's proud disdain for P.C. (Trump has said he has a "great relationship with the blacks" but also "laziness is a trait in blacks") feels like a huge step backwards.
He Refused To Apologize For Insulting Sen. John McCainAP/Yahoo! News
This quote is from a Purple-heart-winning WWII vet who said he wasn't offended by Trump saying he preferred people "who weren't captured" after McCain denigrated The Donald's followers.
Why that's a problem: Only three former presidents had held no previous political office -- Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower -- and they all served in the military, something Trump has also not done. Praising Trump for taking shots at a former POW and longtime Senator who has championed veterans' rights sends a troubling, mixed message to our vets who are already fighting for benefits every day.
He Doesn't Act Like Like The Usual Politician
The idea that Trump is so rich that he can't be bought or sold and will therefore really work for them is a popular one among his supporters.
Why that's a problem: Washington is a place where nothing gets done without compromise. If the reason you like Trump is that he refuses to back down, then you are voting for someone who not only has no ties to anyone in Congress he might work with, but who has gone out of his way to hurl childish insults at some Senators he might need to get his agenda through.
He's a great businessman, which could be good for the economy. But that's just one aspect of the many things a president needs to deal with. Would you hire a great cross-fit athlete to run the Army just because they were super ripped? The very qualities some are praising in Trump could be the things that would make him least capable of running the country efficiently. If everyone who crosses you or calls you out is your sworn enemy, you are a man alone and a man alone cannot govern.
He's Honest About Not Being Honest Right Now
When you're a politician, your word is all you have. So, if, for instance, you say you support health care for all Americans as a Democrat in 2009, and then six years later you slam Obamacare as a Republican by saying, "It is a disaster. And remember the $5 billion website. I have websites all over the place. I hire people. They do a website. It costs me $3" -- that's not great.
Why that's a problem: The death knell for so many presidential candidates is the dreaded "flip-flop" on issues and Trump's past is full of them. From his Obamacare turnaround to his love/hate relationship with Hillary Clinton, his change of heart about abortion rights and legalizing drugs, among others, Trump's honest take on the issues voters care about the most sometimes changes from day to day.
He A Jerk Now, But He Won't Be Once He's In The White House
Trump has been blasting his rivals right and left for the past few weeks, not to mention his former business partners at Macy's and NBC and news outlets who dare to question him. But here's the thing: once he's elected, he promises to change all that.
Why that's a problem: The man famous for saying "you're fired!" has been a bull in a china shop for his entire life. Trump has never held his tongue, which in politics can, literally, lead to war if you're not careful. Curiously, though, he told CNN's Anderson Cooper last week (at the 5:15 minute mark), "I'll change my tone," if elected. He only attacked all those people because he was provoked, he said. "You have to fight back." That might work in the boardroom and on "The Apprentice," but when the person on the other end of the line is pugnacious Russian president Vladimir Putin or North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, hundreds of millions of lives are at stake.
He's Our Only Hope. (Really??)
Trump's companies have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy four times and he has lost lucrative deals with NBC, Univision and Macy's (to name a few) over his controversial remarks since entering the race.
Why that's a problem: At a time of still boiling tensions in the Middle East and delicate relations with Russia, Trump -- who has zero foreign relations experience and whose biggest domestic policy initiative seems to be building a giant wall between the U.S. and our third-largest global trading partner, Mexico -- goes for the jugular every time. His reliance on a bull-headed style seems at odds with the steady, cool-headed diplomatic hand needed to keep the economy and foreign relations on track.
And so far, the wall and taking potshots at his rivals seems to be his most pressing policy pronouncements.
He's Great At Social Media, But That's Kind Of A Terrible Thing
Trump's list of insults, takedowns and potshots is legendary and the one thing that a rival presidential campaign is great at digging up is every single misstep from a candidate's past and parading it for the world to see.
Why that's a problem: Trump has been accused of being racist, homophobic, sexist and disrespectful so many times in the past his rivals probably don't even need to hire opposition researchers to build a dossier against him. Is being awesome at the Twitter takedown really an important qualification for being the leader of the free world?
Taken as a whole these tweets obviously don't represent the full picture of why some people are lining up behind Trump. But they do show that the very things supporters find so refreshing and exciting about Trump are the ones that make him the least presidential and potentially most ineffective, and even dangerous, as the leader of our country.
The Donald is just being The Donald, but if these voters are all-in for him based on these questionable qualifications, that's the really scary thing.