2016 Elections: Donald Trump

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Donald Trump has received a great amount of attention in the media lately. Although this attention is often negative, he is still making his stances known and guiding society’s focus on himself. In response to the recent mass shootings and terrorist attacks, Trump has made bold statements that, like most of his unconventional ideas, are offending many Americans.  Donald Trump does not worry about saying something offensive because his entire campaign is based on the practice of breaking the restraints of political correctness.   It is because of this lack of filter that people see trump as straightforward, and honest.  Trump has managed to offend nearly every demographic in the United States and maintain his position as front-runner for the GOP nomination since July of 2015.

Shortly after the Terrorist attacks in Paris in November of 2015, Donald trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” If any other candidate would have said this, they would have been immediately ostracized from the race.  But how is it that he can get away with saying something that is fundamentally contradictory to the first Amendment?  I’m not sure.  No candidate in history has ever been able to blatantly discriminate against a religious group and maintain their support. This is completely new territory for politics.

In my Government’s class topical debate, my partner Noah M. and I had to debate if whether or not Donald Trump will be the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States. Although we both disagreed with this statement, we still had to debate. So the question remains: Why is Donald Trump Running for president?  He could retire and live lavishly for the rest of his life.  So why does he want to take on arguably the most stressful job in the world? The answer is actual quite simple. What’s the only thing you cannot directly buy with money? Power.  It is likely that Trump wanted to extend his influence to the political realm as while maintaining his power in the private sector.

Most of Trumps points are valid but presented obnoxiously. His character and way of expressing his political views have earned a huge amount of media attention. His voice is obviously being heard among the public, he has been the front-runner of the Republican party for quite awhile now. Trump has said that he has “gained great respect for the Republican leadership” and that he is “totally committed to the Republican Party” and said he feels “very honored to be the front-runner”. Other Republican candidates, on the other hand, want Trump to move out of the Republican party and become and independent because of his quite outrageous ideas. They find Trump to be an outlier because of his inexperienced political background. But he contradicts this by saying, “I’m going to be a Republican, I’m not going to be doing a third party,” Trump said. “No matter what.”

It’s not very surprising that Donald Trump has maintained the media’s attention for a long period of time. And I personally don’t think it’s surprising that he is still the leader of the Republican polls. He says things that are funny, outrageous and/or offensive and the media loves that. I strongly believe that Donald Trump is still the current leader of the GOP polls because of his popularity among the general public, not because of his ideas for the future of the United States. U.S. News says that Donald Trump’s rise in the polls “It’s Just an Illusion“, and I completely agree with that.

So, will Donald Trump be the Republican Party’s nominee for President of the United States?

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Jose G. (@GOV_JoseG)

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