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Why Trump Should Rethink His Game
Trump shows bias and hate is alive and well
Like other Canadians, I am deeply and truly scared by the prospect of Donald Trump becoming the next American president. The man seems to think that he has all the answers, but the big problem is that his answers do little to further the United States as a progressive population, and I'm not talking about his notion of capitalism.
Trump is indisputably one of the richest men in the United States, and it is quite likely that neither he nor his family shall ever want for anything. Never mind the times where he has split from his ex-wives, or declared bankruptcy; his businesses continue to do well, and it is based on this argument alone that many are thinking Trump could do a great deal to bolster the US economy.
However, a future with President Trump is one that will undoubtedly crush the United States as a diplomatic nation that is known for its positive relationships with other countries. His comments about Latinos, his company's refusal to rent to African Americans, and his ongoing comments about Jewish people about how they are excellent negotiators and political masterminds (per Huffington Post) are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the promotion of hatred and bias that is so prevalent from the would-be Republican presidential nominee.
Trump also did very little to acknowledge the recent Orlando massacre, instead tweeting that he appreciated the congratulations he received for stating the massacre was a result of radical Islam - a move that has been slammed by everyone from Seth Myers to several news agencies. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have criticized Trump for his self-congratulatory tweet, and the LGBT community has come out in droves on Twitter to criticize Trump for his recent suggestion that people should "ask the gays" about his street cred with the LGBT community.
Will there always be hatred and bias? Generally speaking, I believe so. Humans are deeply flawed and feeling individuals who really suck at hiding long term how they feel about certain issues and ideas. However, we are always growing and developing ourselves, so there is always hope that we shall become better, brighter, and stronger - and my belief is, more enlightened. Trump does make me question whether or not the possibilities for enlightenment truly exist. The man has made it clear that he has little regard for various racial and cultural groups, though he claims the contrary.
Have you ever noticed that the people who say they "love" certain groups really don't? That it's really like people who say "I don't mean to be rude, but..." or "I don't mean to be racist, but..." when in reality, they really do intend to inflict harm?
Trump is exactly that person.
If he has to regularly assure the American public that we should "ask the gays" how they feel about him or that he "loves Hispanics" while smiling over a taco bowl, there's something wrong. He has also regularly denigrated women in the form of backhanded compliments like:
“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”
and, the classic...
“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
Because women are just mindless flirters who don't care which man they hit on to win? That women are possessions to be called "my women" by men like Trump?
The Trump agenda is one that promotes hatred, segregation and bias. He claims to have America more or less on his side, and the polling numbers would support that. However, his recent lack of acknowledgment of the horror that rocked Orlando - and LGBT communities the world over - has only served to further his reputation as a prejudiced and obnoxious man who simply loves to hear the sound of his voice.
I know he's the presumptive Republican nominee, but there are growing reports that the Republican camp is starting to cringe and really wonder if Trump really should be their guy. He might be a great businessman, but people of any country deserve someone in charge that also knows how to demonstrate empathy. Trump has yet to do that. He has, however, helped propel prejudice and hatred across the United States to new levels, and that's sad, because there are a lot of good people in the States who deserve better than what they are getting in a misogynistic likely racist like Trump.
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