I never paid any attention to American politics before this year, and if it wasn’t for the insane and surreal events that have taken place so far in the Republican party I still wouldn’t. Not only has Trump caught my attention with the outrageous things he has said and done while running, but he really sparked my interest in how the Presidential election works.
There’s so much controversy surrounding Trump it’s hard to figure out where to start. Let’s go back to earlier this year when Trump announced his run for presidency. “We need somebody that literally will take this country and make it great again. We can do that,” Trump proclaimed, “So ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States.” “Make America Great Again” a simple sentence that could mean so many things, has become the slogan for Trump’s campaign and that sounds good and all. Who doesn’t want America to be great again? But how exactly does he plan on doing this?
So let’s go over Trump’s campaign promises. The Washington Post created a list of 76 promises Trump has made along his journey in the presidential race so far. At the top of this list there is the promise to build a wall along the U.S. Mexico border, and the promise that Mexico will pay for the wall entirely. Even if the wall was a good idea, which it isn’t, the idea that Mexico would fund its construction is absurd. There are other promises that Trump has made that really don’t make much sense either. Things like getting rid of Obamacare and replace it with something “terrific” or “bombing the sh– out of ISIS”
Throughout that last few months the hilarious idea of Trump becoming President went from being just that, a hilarious idea, to being a scary possibility. Trump is like a wart in the presidential race. He started off as a small speck that stood out slightly, but wasn’t a cause for any concern. Then he began to grow and attract the conversation of people becoming something that you might want to get checked by a doctor. He’s now a swollen, painful problem that is a breeding ground for political cancer and if not dealt with now could kill you. People in America don’t seem to realize that, even though its fun to watch Trumps performances, this is real life politics and it is serious. Being the President isn’t a job for anyone.
Now when I read about Trump, I’m consistently left asking the same question; how could anyone support Trump? If you look close enough, you can actually see why. There are a few different reasons actually that come up when you look into Trumps supporters. One of the main reasons is that Trump has found anger and fears in American people, many of which are reasonable, like the fear of terrorists. And he has made those the main points of his campaign saying that he has all the answers, and the people who have these fears and are angry connect with what Trump is saying.
I was watching the “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on Trump the other night and I think that Oliver brought up a super valid point that addresses the question of “how can anyone support trump?” I think, like John Oliver said, that the name Trump is so synonymous with wealth and power that people just automatically trust him. Especially in the US, there are so many things that are considered to be quality, or high-end, or even just popular that the Trump name is associated with. Things like hotels, golf courses, reality TV shows and even WWE WrestleMania. A part of the John Oliver segment showed an interview of Trump supporters, one of which said “I was a little girl and I didn’t even know what Trump Towers were, but I knew that he was a wealthy successful man.” To which another man replied “Even as a young kid the word Trump meant rich… it meant success.” Even for myself, up until this year if you asked me about who Trump was I would probably say something along the lines of “Super rich and mean guy from TV, who owns a whole bunch of stuff.” Not the Republican candidate for President and certainly not the answer to America’s problems. But now that he has come forward “claiming,” and I put an emphasis on claiming, that he can solve America’s issues, people who know the Trump name are flocking to the polls to vote. But are any of them stopping to think how exactly he is going to make America great again?