If I gave you 20 guesses, I bet you’d never guess it was a presidential candidate who said that in reference to a man (seemingly, a veteran, if his sign was any indication) who was removed from one of his recent rallies.
Of course, I’m talking about the one and only, Donald Trump.
As much as I don’t want to bring any more attention to this man, I can’t help but finally put all of my thoughts into one cohesive piece. This has been boggling my mind and bothering me for so long now, that it all just has to come out.
In short… he scares me.
I’m sure a lot of you share this sentiment, but there are many, many people who do not. And for the life of me, I do not understand how anyone can look beyond the disturbing words that have come out of his mouth and the lack of actual details related to his campaign and platform.
From the get-go, he has discriminated against large groups of people who make up our beautiful United States.The land of the free. The land of opportunity. The place people of all backgrounds come to build the “American Dream.”
How can we overlook the discrimination he is encouraging? How can we continue to stand by and shrug off the horrible words that come out of this man’s mouth? This man, who said he could stand in the middle of a street and shoot someone and he wouldn’t lose any supporters… was right… because he is still leading the polls.
What does he have to say to prove to his supporters that he is not fit to be our President? How has he shown that he is capable of meeting with leaders of other nations, sitting down and coming to beneficial agreements when he HAS shown that he is unable to handle a person standing up for the groups he has discriminated against during his rallies or handle a personal attack during a debate in a mature fashion? Oh, the double standard!
Sure, he is saying things that many people have been thinking for a long time, but isn’t that part of the problem? He has made it ok for those who have been harboring racist, sexist (and all other -ists) thoughts to come out and openly state their feelings. Is that the direction you want for our country? A country where it’s ok to blatantly discriminate or smear someone?
Being “politically correct” can also be referred to as being respectful of another person or someone else’s beliefs. Just as my mother told me growing up: Just because you think it, doesn’t mean you have to say it. Aside from having the balls to say the extraordinarily obscene things he has said, this GOP front-runner has also never apologized. Part of being a leader is admitting when you are wrong. Being able to admit you made a mistake. He hasn’t shown any sort of self-reflection whatsoever. Instead, he thrives on the reactions of his supporters and any negative media attention. He revels in the fact that he CAN say whatever he wants and people will STILL support him.
Imagine the kind of effect this can have on our country and our relations with other countries! Race relations have already been impacted and there has been a surge in Islamophobia. I have seen more and more stories of discrimination against women for simply wearing hijabs. And if you are unable to see the correlations between Trump’s hate speech and the rise in discrimination, then you are in denial. We need a leader who will unite the American people. One who is going to fight for equality for all people, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, etc. One who wants what’s best for the country rather than his own well being.
In his most recent town hall, Trump said, “I can do whatever I want. Society loves me.” Yes, that is a direct quote. And I am just as appalled now typing it as I was when it came out of his mouth. No, sir, you cannot do whatever you want as President of the United States. And he hasn’t given me nor anyone else any reason to believe he would act otherwise if he were actually elected to office.
This isn’t about party lines and who I support. This is about who is and is not fit to run our country. And I’m sorry, but Trump is FAR from what we need in a leader.