I know that politics is number 1 on the list of inappropriate dinner conversation topics, but if there is anything this class has taught me it is the importance of speaking up. Be the person who intervenes when people with radical notions begin to gain power. Be the person who intervenes when those ridiculous individuals start gathering a following of believers. Speak up early, because later your voice may not be enough to put an end to the momentum.
So here is me speaking up, about America’s new political celebrity. You either love him, or you love to hate him. Personally, I’m a hater. It was easy to write off Donald Trump’s antics early on. The things he would say were so contrary to what I believe that it almost seemed scripted. It was as if he was piloting his next awful reality tv show, America’s Got Presidents and all of his comments were just to gain publicity. It was also easy to just consider Trump as a giant joke, because everyone I surround myself with- conservative and liberal- hold similar view points. Even my professors would make comments about how awful this man is. However, my little bubble of resistance, failed to seriously consider the momentum he was gaining with others.
In case we need a refresher, here is a list of some direct quotations from Donald:
“They’re [Mexico] 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.”
“I would just bomb those suckers, and that’s right, I’d blow up the pipes, I’d blow up the refineries, I’d blow up every single inch, there would be nothing left.”
“Complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on” – Trump Campaign press release
And these are just racist remarks made. For a complete listing of his egotistical, sexist, or other bigoted statements please feel free to check out http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/the-absolute-trumpest-121328
Or this great video by John Oliver:
But despite a large amount of people using Trump as the butt of their jokes, this man has actually gained quite the following. Enough of a following that he came out the Republican winner of Super Tuesday. This diagram from the NY Times demonstrates how Trump is currently in the lead, and could actually receive the nomination.
Please exercise your right to vote… but not for this man.