With very little past political experience, Trump’s responses to controversial topics such as illegal immigration, women’s rights, and racial discrimination have differed drastically from other nominees which may be why so many citizens have found him so appealing. He argues that current laws are not effective and require substantial reforms in order to “Make America Great Again”.
On illegal immigration, Trump’s vague statements about the iconic wall that he advocates for has spurred responses from all other candidates. Trump stated that he would force Mexico to build the new wall but no information was given on how this would be accomplished or what further action would be taken if this idea was rejected by Mexico.
Trump’s stance on illegal immigrants has also been an iconic part of his campaign. He stated that his plan would include deporting all illegal immigrants through unspecified methods and only “the good guys” would be let in if they followed “a process”. His true reason for this harsh reinforcement of his solution on the urgent problem of illegal immigration is because many immigrants are stealing American jobs and taxpayer money.
One woman’s rights, Trump has been heavily criticized for his attacks on women and is possibly the reason that he went through three wives now. In particular, Carly Fiorina is one of the earliest victims of Trump’s erratic verbal assaults. After attacking her physical appearance, Trump quickly took back his statements after being bombarded by the media about his insults.
Another more recent victim is Megyn Kelly, a political commentator for Fox News who pressed Trump on his history of making derogatory comments towards other women. Trump ironically responded with harsh remarks criticizing Megyn’s journalist skills and past experience.
Finally Trump’s stance on racial discrimination became much clearer after his post-Orlando speech. He quickly renewed his requests for a Muslim migration ban from all terrorist affiliated nations. Trump failed to acknowledge that Omar Mateen, the killer on 49 victims, was in fact born in New York with Afghani parents. He also hinted at an expansion of presidential power if he became president which he would use to create stronger gun laws and policies for immigration.
Trump has most definitely been the most interesting and possibly amusing candidate so far in the race and it’s often hard for even his running mate Mike Pence to keep up with what he’s been saying. During a segment in Trump’s penthouse on “60 Minutes”, Trump, Mike Pence, and interviewer Lesley Stahl have an interesting discussion that deserves to be quoted below:
Lesley Stahl: But you've harped on this.
Donald Trump: But I was against the war in Iraq from the beginning.
Lesley Stahl: Yeah, but you've used that vote of Hillary [Clinton]'s that was the same as Gov. Pence as the example of her bad judgment.
Donald Trump: Many people have, and frankly, I'm one of the few that was right on Iraq.
Lesley Stahl: Yeah, but what about he--
Donald Trump: He's entitled to make a mistake every once in a while.
Lesley Stahl: But she's not? Okay, come on--
Donald Trump: But she's not--
Lesley Stahl: She's not?
Donald Trump: No. She's not.
Lesley Stahl: Got it.
Going through his discussion, it seems that 60 Minutes is all the time Donald Trump took to research about Mike Pence as a potential running mate. Trump stated earlier that he was opposed to the war against Iraq (which he clearly wasn’t) and when asked if he had realized that Mike Pence had supported the war, he responded with a simple “I don’t care".
I’m sure that any educated individual would think that “The President” should probably care about his vice president’s opinions. But then again, we could go on and on about qualifications that Trump simply lacks.
Although it is clear that Trump has had much success as an entrepreneur, he has never held a political office or has done any legwork in a campaign, much less has any evidence of education in politics. “When it comes to holding the top political job in the country, political experience is far more relevant than money-making experience, whether you’ve been an entrepreneur or a chief executive”, stated The Huffington Post.
Despite all of this, Trump has amassed a large number of followers and snagged the Republican nomination. But why? This is probably because of the fact that many of his supporters are uneducated about the possible consequences that Trump’s actions could have or his past “success”.
Trump’s biography, “The Art of The Deal” paints an image of Donald Trump’s insatiable hunger for making deals and seemingly unending history of victories but this is far from reality. “The Art of The Deal” was not even written by Trump, but instead Tony Schwartz, a journalist that wrote the book in an attempt to alleviate his family’s financial problems. Despite this, Trump claims to this day that he wrote the book himself and takes full credit for authorship.
On the topic of his numerous successes, statistics show that Donald Trump was once over $5 billion dollars in debt, even with the $200 million dollars he inherited from his father Fred Trump. His businesses just managed to survive bailouts from over 70 different banks. All in all, Trump’s road to being a billionaire was far from the story most of us know today.
Another picture the biography paints is one where Trump continues his work as an entrepreneur out of his love of making deals. In fact, the first few sentences of the book reads, “I don’t do it for the money,” Trump declares. “I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form.” His so called “hunger” is no more than his incessant love for money and attention.
In fact, the biography’s shadow author, Tony Schwartz is quoted as saying to The New Yorker, “Of course he’s in it for the money,” he said. “One of the most deep and basic needs he has is to prove that ‘I’m richer than you’. This highlights the point that Trump will always be the lying, self-centered, and brash man that he has been, none of which are particularly good traits in any leader.
Donald Trump always seems to meet the media’s portrayal of him as a “wild flamethrower,” which will most probably continue if he wins the presidency. His un-American attitude to modern issues all lack proper planning and evidence which has seemingly fooled all his supporters into voting for him. Because of this, his presidential nomination may make or break the future of the US.