Voters should listen carefully to politicians’ rhetoric

Category:  Opinions
Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 9:44 PM

Do you hate immigrants? Think that women are the lesser sex? Are still stuck in the 1960s in terms of race? Then Donald Trump is the presidential candidate for you!

The 2016 running term is the third time that Trump has vied for office, despite not having a prior political career. Trump is known for his many business ventures, such as “Celebrity Apprentice.” He is thought to be an intelligent businessman that worked his way up from the bottom of the totem pole to one of the richest men in the world.

Trump declared his candidacy on June 16, 2015. Since then, he’s been campaigning across the country and offending people everywhere along the way.

One of his main platforms is immigration reform, a widely contested topic in America. Trump proposes building a wall along the Mexican border. He said in his announcement speech that Mexico is sending rapists and drug sellers to America to steal our jobs. This blatant racial stereotyping offended Americans everywhere and this isn’t the only time he has offended.

He has made many other offensive comments by claiming that Senator John McCain is not a war hero because he was captured. This is paired with his comments towards Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, after the first Republican debate, saying that she had “blood coming out of her wherever.” This comment that reduced Kelly to her biology rather than evaluating her competence as a thinking human being was the result of Trump evading her inquiries during the debate.

These examples are just a small window into Trump’s asinine views for America. He says that he plans to “make America great again,” but it’s difficult to see how he plans to do that if he’s against 90 percent of the American voter population.

His views of women, immigrants and people of color are blatantly offensive, yet somehow he’s in the lead of Republican polls. His supporters say that he would make a good president because he’s a successful businessman and can fix the American economy. Looking past his four bankruptcies, (which he says were his company’s, therefore he’s not responsible) Trump needs to realize that America is not just another business venture. Sure, there are economics involved, which he claims to be a master of, but business economics and political economics are two completely different fields.

Aside from his apparent “business expertise,” being President of the United States requires knowledge of international relations, diplomacy and foreign policy. It’s difficult to understand how a man that managed to offend thousands of people just in his announcement speech alone would be the choice to negotiate with world powers.

Americans give Donald Trump credit because he says what he thinks and is rich, so he cannot be bought out by corporations, like many other politicians have been. While this may be true, it’s ridiculous to believe that he’d be a capable president. If his supporters would listen to the words coming out of his mouth, he would lose at least half of his followers.

It takes more than just recognition and a fat wallet to be a president. A president needs to have a connection with his people, as well as their welfare in mind, unlikely attributes that Trump has yet to display.

Alexa Story is a writer for The Spectator.

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