Stop Fueling the Foolishness: Stooping to Trump's Level is a Lose-Lose

Category:  Opinions
Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at 7:38 AM

Never in my short 20 years of living did I expect a presidential campaign to be concerned with a candidate’s appearance, especially their genitals.

Yes. Really. Perhaps it’s because this is the first time I am following the campaign so closely, as the last election took place while I was in high school. I wasn’t yet able to vote, so while I watched a few debates with my parents and for the sake of discussions in my history class, I wasn’t as invested as I am now.

Donald Trump, who has been making the campaign process into a reality show, recently defended the size of his male body parts because people were saying his small hands must mean that his you-knowwhat was also similar in size.

Part of me finds this ridiculously amusing. Karma has surely worked its way around. He was making fun of people’s physical characteristics only months ago. He has made fun of Hillary Clinton on countless occasions, and he has targeted the other candidates as well. When Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina were running as Republican candidates, he mocked their physical characteristics as well.

“Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?” he said about Fiorina, according to Rolling Stone. "Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

He makes fun of reporters quite frequently, even mocking a New York Times reporter with a disability in November 2015.

So believe me when I say that I’m not writing this in support of Trump. I am just as shocked and horrified that he has made it this far in the race as so many others are. This is not meant to be about Trump, but rather about those who are against Trump, who are making fun of his physical characteristics.

I am writing this because over the course of the past few months, I have seen a shift. Now I see more mocking Trump on my Facebook timeline than reports of what harmful things he is saying about others.

You do realize you’re a hypocrite, right? How can you say that Trump was wrong to mock someone’s appearance, when you are doing the same thing? It is petty. It does not matter.

It is a waste of my time to scroll past such useless nonsense, even if it takes no more than a millisecond to do so.

More so, at the end of the day, as people are crawling into their beds, the only person who should truly care about that confidential piece of information is Trump’s wife. There are people who have no beds to crawl into, no warm houses to stay the night inside. Instead of wasting your precious time contemplating whether Trump’s male body part is average-size or small, do something, anything else. If you have enough time to make fun of Trump or anyone’s physical features, please do yourself a favor and Google an issue that matters. Think about ways to help those people who go to bed hungry, dreaming of their next meal.

I don’t want Trump to become president, so I love when I see people arguing against his ideals. However, countering this bully with a dose of his own medicine isn’t helping anything, even if he’s getting what he deserves. We can’t be fighting him, fueling the campaign with even more foolishness. He is foolish enough on his own. The presidential campaign is foolish enough without adding your unneeded comments.

Instead, we could be focusing on issues that matter. Because if someone doesn’t put the petty things aside, I fear this election in November will be decided over these silly, meaningless arguments.

Tracy Geibel is the Executive Editor for The Spectator and she can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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