America is at a critical point today, especially with the election of our next president. We are now down to two candidates: Hilary Clinton and Donald J. Trump. Hilary Clinton a Democrat, who is the wife of our former president William “Bill” Clinton and former Secretary of State of Barack H. Obama. The next candidate is a businessman and television personality Donald J. Trump who is representing the Republican side. You may ask yourself, if we are dealing with two politicians why call the article, “Trumped.”
The reason the article is called, “Trumped,” is because his effect on the election process in America. Donald Trump, whether you’re a fan of his or not, has really tapped into the psyche of citizens in America. While on this campaign trail he has been labeled a racist and gender bias; pushing a campaign that many consider to be quite divisive. Well why is he considered to be such a polarizing figure. Well let’s start off by discussing the comments he made regarding illegal immigration.
In his initial run, he made comments early pertaining to Mexican men and women flocking to the United States over the Mexican/American border. His views on the matter were that, “Mexico is bringing over their worsts.” “They’re robbing and raping, some of them are good.” These comments sent a wave of criticism through the news outlets. What could have easily been disregarded as a verbal faux pas had he explained what he meant to say, he refused. In addition to being labeled racist, he would go on to state his disdain toward radical actions from the Islamic community. These comments were also seen as insensitive and xenophobic by members of the general public as well. In addition to these two comments, his perceived gender bias comments toward news anchor Megyn Kelly just added more kerosene to the fire.
Yet, even though he was losing in one area, he was steadfast in his gain with the opposition to these criticisms. The ones’ who stood beside him felt upset and letdown. They harbored these feelings for what they felt was a mistake electing the current president. People expected more and felt as if they received the same status quo as every other leader prior. Barack represented change in his first election, but Donald Trump represents the upset at what Trump voters believe to be a lack of change. Trump voters felt the lack of transparency only continued from the last administration into the current one; and Trump spoke from the heart. You may not like what he says, but you can understand his sentiment. This resonates with the masses because the pervasive dishonesty that permeates our system has finally hit a boiling point.
Now do I think Donald Trump is racist, xenophobic, and gender bias? Even with his comments, tough to really say because racists, xenophobic, gender bias are more personal attacks. The fact that I don’t know him personally, I can only go off of what I see and hear. I do feel a detachment from reality. Now you may say, isn’t that a personal attack. Yes, but it’s not if there is circumstantial evidence. For example, in his interview with Matt Lauer he stated his father gave him a small loan of one million dollars to jump start him in business. Lauer was shocked, not mainly by the amount, but the matter of fact way in which he spoke of one million dollars. The way he expressed what his father had given him gave people a chance to see to an extent the personal aspect of him. He has been wealthy for so long he doesn’t realize how extreme it is to have one million dollars in hand as a start. Getting access to a $5,000 or $10,000 loan is a stretch for most people.
So this is where the detachment comes from. Another reason I say detached because him eating a taco bowl on Cinco De Mayo as a means to connect to his Hispanic voters is another case. I grew up with those type of individuals who were raised so detached from everyone they thought saying how much they like hip hop music was a means to connect to me because I am African American. But all they had to say was, “Hello,” “How are you doing?” So, my views touch on the personal, but my reasoning comes from the non-explicit comments or actions. What he said about Islam and Hispanics could have easily been dumped. But he tries so hard to not be politically correct guy, he starts to teeter on that line between honesty and ignorance (just because you’re honest doesn’t mean it’s something that should be coming out of your mouth).
Which is why he states that the Hilary Clinton’s campaign is baiting him. You know what, yes they are baiting him. Doesn’t mean you chase the bait. It’s like they dig a whole, every other politician goes to the edge and goes not I. Donald jumps in the whole with his feet kicked-up saying, “See, they trapped me!” It could ultimately be his demise as president. But whatever the outcome he has changed this entire process. Speaking in soundbites and coming off as disingenuous could hurt future candidates. Why? Because Trump has touched on something; not just racial, gender, and religious, but personal. And it’s quite interesting how this process will pan out moving forward.