Look, I get it. To many Americans, made obvious by recent primary election results, Donald Trump is one of the most entertaining personalities of the 21st century. He is unpredictable, and he says exactly what he is thinking. To many Americans, this is an attractive quality in a Presidential candidate. The money, the beautiful family, the skyscrapers, the promises- Americans are gravitating to him… and it’s all ludicrous. But to many other Americans, Donald Trump is an awful human being. I am going to explain why, because of two personal traits, YOU SHOULD NOT SUPPORT HIM FOR PRESIDENT.
1. His racial and ethnic views are ignorant
What is frightening about this trait is that voters actually rally around it. From a plethora, here is just one classic quote from Donald Trump that reflects his ignorance: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people with lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” My goodness, this is atrocious. First of all, the state of Mexico doesn’t “send” its people. That would be forced emigration, a topic Trump and other Republicans support in a different context. Trump assumes that the majority of immigrants from Mexico are criminals bringing nothing but terror for the American people. In actuality, more white Americans are in jail for crimes Trump blames on Mexicans. A 2010 study from the American Immigration Council showed that 10.9% of white Americans without a high school diploma are incarcerated, compared to 2.8% of diploma-less Mexican immigrants.
Similarly, Trump’s policies on Muslims and refugees in America are nothing short of totalitarian. Since September 11, 2001, the United States has admitted roughly 784,000 refugees from other countries. According to the Migration Policy Institute, three of those refugees were linked to terrorist organizations, amounting to a meager 0.00038%, and all three were caught and imprisoned. Yet, Trump’s proclaimed policies on Muslim refugees evoke shades of a terrifying past that should make every American very, very afraid: “By enforcing and requiring these possible terrorists to wear badges at all times they can be easily identified and tracked if necessary. This is nothing like the badges the Jews had to wear during the Holocaust, that was different, but you know, it’s the same thing.” Trump never considers that the stark majority of immigrants simply seek escape from the terror they live with every day. In addition to badges, Trump suggested surveillance of Muslim people in an interview with The Guardian in November: “I think there should be a lot of systems, beyond databases. We have to have a strong border.” When asked specifically how he would monitor Muslims in America, Trump merely replied, “Good management.”
Obviously terrorism in the developed world (9/11, France, Belgium, among many others) is frightening, and Trump plays off those fears. However, the likelihood of terrorists entering this country is extremely low (0.00038% chance for that matter) and we have domestic security for preventing terrorism. Thus, not only are his Muslim immigration policies devoid of reason, they are eerily reminiscent of one of the darkest times in world history.
2. He is a raging sexist
I’ll let Trump speak for himself. Here are a few basic quotes that accurately reflect his disregard for women in America: “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5% of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card,” (4/26/16, post-Republican-primary victory speech). “When I came out, I was competing against 17 very capable people… and a woman [Carly Fiorina],” (4/27/16, CNN New Day). “I like kids, I mean, won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds, and she’ll take care of the kids,” (retrieved by Buzzfeed on 2/26/16). While he wants you to believe he is a supporter of women’s rights, Trump actually has no plans or policies that show he supports women in America.
Trump stated some views on abortion, a controversial topic that can be difficult to discuss, without defining or explaining them whatsoever. Whether pro-choice or pro-life, people know where they stand on the issue and why. For a topic so divisive in this country, it is important we have a president who knows why they support the policies they do. Yet, in an interview with Chris Matthews in which Trump was asked to explain his stance on this controversial topic, he could not. (Chris Matthews, Town Hall, March 30, 2016). This exchange includes other instances that prove his outright disrespect for women.
Instead of promoting racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination, as a progressive country, we should support acceptance and equality. Those who support Donald Trump for President should reconsider, as they may be only perpetuating the demise of the core values we hold dearly not only as Americans, but also as an enlightened civilization.
was a senior at Agoura High School. His strong opinions and loud voice (in both his writing and in reality) made him a valuable member of the Charger, and the staff misses him dearly.