5 Republicans That Could Challenge Trump In A 2020 Primary

5 Republicans That Could Challenge Trump In A 2020 Primary

Could these GOP members step up to the plate and challenge a sitting Republican President?
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I'm not sure a sitting President has ever caused so much scandal and ruckus while in office, especially not for their own party, but, of course, Donald Trump would be the person to do just that. Between skirting around sexual assault charges, consistently lying to the American people, and even possibly colluding with a foreign entity to sway the 2016 election, you would think that Trump wouldn't have time to cause issues in the GOP, but that just doesn't seem to be the case. I never thought I'd see a Republican speak poorly of John McCain, who even I have respect for, but Donald Trump is a president of firsts.

Because he is such a toxic presence in the GOP, there have been rumors that popular Republican politicians could potentially challenge the incumbent in a primary for the 2020 election. Could these people bolster the courage to take on a sitting president, not just to help their party, but to also save the reputation of the United States?

Mitt Romney

Former Governor of Massachusetts, former candidate for U.S. President, and now candidate for senator of Utah, Mitt Romney has quite the impressive resume. Of course, he failed his first time in his presidential ambitions, but it would not be the first time the GOP has nominated someone after they lost their first presidential election — Richard Nixon, anyone? Romney has all the experience and charm it would take to challenge the incumbent president, and he would have a pretty great chance of winning that battle.

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley currently serves as the United Nations ambassador representing the U.S. Before serving in the U.N., Haley was the governor of South Carolina. While she now works closely with Trump, it wouldn't be too surprising to see someone make a political move to further their own career. Haley is so politically talented that Mitt Romney even considered her as a VP choice before going with Paul Ryan. It would also be nice to see the GOP present someone who isn't an old white male as the nominee.

John Kasich

One of the many faces that filled the 2016 GOP primary, Kasich presented a fairly moderate and easy to swallow candidate. He currently serves as the Governor of Ohio, which is an added benefit for any candidate looking to win swing states. It has been rumored that Kasich actually plans on running in 2020, and he wants to be president so bad that he would choose a moderate Democrat for his VP.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio was my favorite of the 2016 Republican candidates, and with good reason. He is politically talented, the son of immigrants, and isn't too far right for me to need a drink anytime he opens his mouth. Rubio has been frequently attacked by Trump, dubbed "Little Marco Rubio" by the current POTUS. With the influx of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Florida is likely to swing blue in the 2020 election, so presenting the junior senator from Florida would likely be the best move for the Republican party.

Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake is retiring from the senate, which begs the questions, "What will he do next?" Flake has been one of the most outspoken GOP members when it comes to opposing Trump, so much so that he openly says he didn't vote for Trump in the presidential election — he didn't vote for Hillary either, though. Flake also refused to support Roy Moore in the Alabama senate race. If the GOP wants to run someone who is a face of Republican morality and common sense, Sen. Flake is the obvious choice.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Class Size May Matter, But Accountability Matters More

If students take the time to think, they will realize their own potential.
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When it comes to the topic of education, decisions are often made, but not quite acted upon. On the left, we have advocates that look to fund the educational system in hope of bettering the kids’ futures. On the right, education is addressed with a degree of leniency, paired with more of an advocacy for occupational programs and trade schools.

One of the more frequently debated matters regarding education, more specifically K-12, is classroom size. For many schools, a lack of funding has caused many teachers to quit; consequentially, with less teachers, more students, inevitably, have to cram into the same classroom. The student-teacher ratio, in some schools, has gone beyond 30:1. In some cases, the overcrowding issue for a classroom is so profound that a student doesn’t have his or her own desk to sit in.

Due to this notice of classroom size increase, in correlation with declining academic performance, a considerable majority of education reformers believe that the classroom size increase is more of causation. The only issue with this argument, however, is that for a contributing factor to constitute causation, it must be the sole reason that another variable must occur. With correlation, however, there are multiple variables (more than two) that can occur within a specific time span. These variables could potentially influence one another’s behavior, but never fully dictate the outcome.

What the common argument fails to account for is accountability itself. Accountability is not something that is taught in the classroom, nor should it be. This is a crucial part to a child’s success, both in the classroom, and in real life. A perfect example of this is within a lecture hall. In a lecture hall, you could have upwards of more than 150 students in the same room, listening to and meticulously noting all of the essential details to a professor’s lecture. It is up to the student to learn the material with the tools they are given, not the teacher to hold their hand through the class.

The only responsibility of any teacher or instructor is to provide the appropriate materials and knowhow for the student to guide themselves. This prepares the student for more rigorous learning material and tasks, resulting in more favorable opportunities, both scholastic and occupational.

For the teacher to implement the right tools, however, requires that the student can and will hold themselves accountable for their success in the course. Such accountability falls back on the basis of good parenting. As education has shifted, the blame of failure for a student in a class also shifted.

The shift has taken place from the student losing their privileges and extracurricular activities, to the teacher potentially losing their job (which is especially daunting with the threat of new teachers not obtaining tenure). With the latter portion of the Millennial Generation, along with Generation Z, parents bearing excessive leniency and overall apathy have made for a widespread mindset that fails to take responsibility for itself.

It’s time for parents to be accountable for their kids, and for the kids to be accountable for their own success. A system is only as useful as those that utilize it.

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