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Trump Campaign Illustrates Issues

by Mia Thompson, A&E Editor

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

It has been abundantly clear in recent news that Donald Trump is running for president of the United States. In fact, RealClearPolitics.com averaged poll results and show him as the  republican front runner with 23.8 percent of the respondants in favor of him . Why is this bad? To explain that, here is a social media trend that has been linked with Trump. A “who said it” quiz, where the participants are given quotes and have to figure out who said it. Some common ones were “Who said it: Donald Trump or Lucille Bluth?”, “Who said it: Donald Trump or Mr. Burns?”, and “Who said it: Donald Trump or Zapp Brannigan?”. The point is that Trump says some many absurd remarks that telling them apart from the comical ramblings of fictional, racist, classist, homophobic characters is a challenge. I myself, an avid viewer of the shows that contain these characters did not receive 100 percents on the quizzes.

So why does this perfectly sum up the idea of Trump running for president? Because he is like a fictional character, exaggerated to the point of absurdity, only useful for a punchline at the expense of others. Like these fictional characters, Trump spews his opinions without basis or experience and then relies on his money and power to escape criticism.

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” said Trump, in reference to Mexican immigrants that sparked controversy amongst people. A lot of people tend to overlook the prejudice in his campaign due to his  monetary success.

“He’s a legend, he believes everybody should have to work for what they want and not have anything handed to them as a freebie. He’s a successful businessman and knows what it takes to succeed. That’s why he’s worth four billion dollars,” said Senior Brad Ganeff.

However an elected official needs more than their money to represent the political system let alone the whole country. Trump has no political experience, something that is crucial for becoming president. Running a company is not the same as running a country, turning a profit is not the focus of a president’s day to day, there are far more issues and the delicacies involved are not comparable to be a CEO.  

Now to some, this campaign can look like some harmless fun, a joke at the expense of the Republican party, but Trump represents a very real threat to America. His campaign is seen to some as funny, but others want him elected. This would leave America in the hands of a man with no experience, deep prejudices, and more money than sense.