Column: Donald Trump: The next president or just another candidate?


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Renee Backstrom

Headlines everywhere these days are plastered with information about Donald Trump running for president. It was surprising to me at first because I am not one to understand politics, however, I do understand Donald Trump. One thing I know is I definitely don’t want the nation to be overseen by him.

Many people always says things like “Trump speaks his mind” or “he fights back and tells it like it is.” The problem is that before he can speak his mind honestly, Trump needs to make sure his mind grasps the facts accurately.

Trump makes it sound like illegal immigrants all inevitably become rapists and drug-dealers, with a few good people mixed in.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

Illegal immigration has received a lot more attention than it would have without Trump. It also gave a place for victims to tell their story of immigration crimes. Ever notice something wrong? When that happened, Trump didn’t have to speak at all. That is when he is at his best. Following, the second he gets up to speak for himself he uses rhetorical questions, which isn’t helpful in the long run.

If you glance at his slogan it says “Make America Great Again!” but looking deeper into his website is where things begin to get a little fuzzy.

When you look at this website you will notice that Trump has no section about some of the issues he wants to address. These issues include where he stands on taxes, foreign policy, defense spending, entitlement reform, illegal immigration, and trade with China. If anything, all he has on his website is media coverage to draw even more attention to himself.

Saying he is conservative is also confusing because he has flip-flopped on abortion and whether or not he will run as an independent. He’s supported a one-time 14 percent tax on the wealthy and universal health care. He also said we can’t change Social Security and Medicare. This hardly describes a hardcore conservative.

Many people are against Trump and just don’t like him as a person overall. These people also say they are worried what the world will be like if he gets elected. People should focus less on what they don’t like about Trump and more on what they like about other candidates.They then can make the better decision on who has better ideas to offer rather than hate on Trump. Because of Trump’s faulty ideas, I do not think he should be our next president.

As We See It: How do you feel about Donald Trump and his ideas?

Nicole Final

Senior Nicole Buntgen: I’m not the biggest fan of Donald Trump overall as a person. I feel like some of the views he has on things are logical, however, if we’re being practical, I would never want a person like him running our country. He’s a rude, racist, and unrealistic person that I would never want representing America.

Daniel Final

Junior Daniel White:  I feel like he is unfair to a lot of people of the Spanish descent. He also is just arrogant and shouldn’t be elected.

Brooke Final

Sophomore Brooke Bell: Donald acts as if he has not the slightest idea of the financial debt our country is in, and for whatever reason he cannot seem to understand that building a wall across the border of the United States and Mexico would cost millions of dollars that the United States does not have. Not only that, he wants to cut taxes across the board. He is insensitive to racial and gender differences, and he constantly bashes and talks about how we need to get rid of several different ethnicities in our country. He has also made blatant attacks on several news casters, targeting specifically women.”


Will Final

Freshman Will Danielson: I am shocked that Donald Trump is one of the top runners for the Republican Party. He has ridiculed women and Hispanics. It seems like if he got elected, things wouldn’t go very well for the U.S. and he would try and do too much to change the norms of our country.