Trump’s Popularity in America
By Olivia Cleveland
One cannot turn on the television or go online without seeing the now infamous Donald Trump. Trump, who defines his life as the “very definition of the American success story,” began as a businessman. Eventually, he immersed himself in New York real estate and architecture, which led Trump to become one of the wealthiest people in the US. Now, because of his widespread success in business, Trump is running for president. He hopes to achieve the Republican nomination and eventually become the President of the United States in 2016. Trump seriously believes that because he is a successful businessman, he is capable to run a country. Since announcing the start of his campaign in June 2015, he claimed that he will “make our country great again.” While that sounds promising, Trump has also made many racist and sexist statements. For example, Trump said that Mexicans are “rapists” and that “they bring drugs” to America. He also claimed, “women find my power almost as much as a turn-on as my money.” Those are just two examples of his obvious bigotry—and this man is running for president, and has actual supporters.
Obviously Trump is frustrated with the state of America, but there are better ways to achieve change than spewing racist and sexist ideals. Trump’s success comes from other Americans that are frustrated as well, and will do just about anything to change America. Thus, Trump’s racist and sexist comments are accepted—they’re all a part of “making America great again.” President Obama has dealt with more hate than any other, especially from Republicans. Trump sees what he believes is wrong, but does not know the right way to go about achieving change. Trump’s mindset goes for his supporters as well; they are fed up with President Obama and willing to vote for Trump in order to finally get what they want. This is a scary concept—anyone can see how bigoted Trump is, and yet thousands of people support (and will potentially vote for) him, all because they are so desperate for change. This works out well for Trump, he is able to capitalize this need for change and use this frustration to fuel his campaign.
While Trump has not encouraged any violence against people of color, his racist views affect all of America. Currently, people of color face violence and oppression every day, and thousands have died from police brutality in the past year. If this man is elected president, or even gets the Republican nomination, his racist beliefs will greatly impact America. Trump seriously suggested building a wall between Mexico and America, so what is stopping him from encouraging violence against them as well? Trump’s frustration with America is understandable; he has vastly different ideas and beliefs from President Obama. However, that does not mean that his racist and sexist antics are, and never should be, justified.