Continued from April 11’s part one
Last week I wrote about the presidential election. This week it is all about one candidate and the multitude of problems that come with the topic: Donald Trump.
Donald Trump has little knowledge about and experience in government and political policies. During a recent CNN town hall interview with Anderson Cooper, Trump was asked to name what he thought were the top three functions of the U.S. government. Trump settled on security, healthcare and education, to which Cooper asked why he wanted the federal government involved in education, “Don’t you want it to devolve to states?”.
A contradicting Trump agreed.
This kind of flip-flopping might seem harmless, but how about when it’s on an issue involving foreign policy and nuclear weapons?
In a recent interview with The New York Times, Trump said he would be open to Japan’s and South Korea’s development of independent nuclear programs rather than a dependence on the United States arsenal. He also favored a withdraw of U.S. forces in both nations unless their governments paid for troop housing and feeding.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe publicly stated it is “impossible” that Japan will develop nuclear weapons despite the intimate Japan-U.S. alliance. Japan is the only country to have felt the devastating effects of a nuclear weapon and maintains a non-nuclear policy.
Back in December, Rolling Stone asked Trump about our nuclear triad, and the article claimed Trump was unable “to muster ten remotely sensible words about what he would do as president with the most destructive collection of weapons in the history of mankind.” The publication called this an automatic disqualification for the Oval.
And these are only a few examples from a long list demonstrating Trump’s ignorance. And this is just one reason among many to look to other candidates.
Consider race relations. Trump suggested this summer that Hispanic and Latino immigrants constitute a criminal class of rapists and murders. Trump advocates violating the civil rights of Muslim Americans by putting them on a federal enemies list. Trump uses eliminationist rhetoric to gin up violence against “illegal immigrants” and “Muslims” who may be “terrorists,” a Salon article discussed in relation to Trump’s rhetoric.
On top of all of this, Trump has received the support of a former KKK leader. His rhetoric is enough for a prominent white supremacist to get behind.
Trump has also spoken unsparingly of women with comments degrading female candidates based solely on appearance and attributing career success to physical beauty alone. IBT Times has compiled a list of the top 40 most sexist Trump quotes online. Just remember these are the words of someone running for the highest position in the country.
This is just an introduction to problems with Trump. What about his condoning and encouraging violence at his rallies? Calling the military to kill/torture the families of militants who threaten the U.S.? His failed business ventures in Trump Airlines, Magazine, Casino, and more?
All in all, it’s up to you to listen, research and engage in this election process. This provides you with examples of Trump’s words and actions, but maybe the real problem is convincing people that these words and actions are wrong. Ask yourself, is this just some casual, needed “political incorrectness?” Or is this a candidate saying some pretty awful, indecent, inhumane things? Your voice is what will determine what exactly will “make America great again.”
Rachel Pelletier is a Staff Writer for The Aviso