Does Trump's Business Record Qualify Him for President?
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Does Trump's Business Record Qualify Him for President?

The "Trump for President because he is a businessman" logic is flawed.

Does Trump's Business Record Qualify Him for President?
Daniel Barcelona

The 2016 election season is reaching its end. The two candidates have had their final debate, and now it is time for the people of America to analyze what the two candidates have to offer. Hillary Clinton has shown that she adheres to the Democrat Party’s beliefs and has gained the support of most of the party's followers. On the other hand, Donald Trump has struggled to keep the Republican Party intact. Between his controversial statements and scandals, many Republicans, like Paul Ryan and John McCain, have refrained from supporting their nominee. Donald Trump, though, still has a substantial amount of supporters. A recent CNN poll puts Donald Trump at 39% of the vote.

After the debates, many voters have figured out why they support their candidate. Whether it is Trump's stance on foreign policy or immigration, some voters find some sort of common ground with him. There are still those who believe that Donald Trump is more than qualified to hold the title of Commander-in-Chief solely because he is a businessman. It does not matter what his policies are, what he has done in the past, or what major organizations have supported him; they believe that America needs a businessman in the White House.

The logic is flawed, as there are more issues in America than just economic ones. Between racial tensions and LGBT+ rights, America has social issues that are not going to be solved by simply throwing a businessman at them. Likewise, there is foreign policy, which is one of the most complicated issues in America. Never mind the issue that a businessman like Trump has economic ties with other countries that could create a conflict of interest when it comes negotiating the economic side of America’s foreign policy; how is a businessmen going to have acquired the proper skills to negotiate with foreign countries in the name of peace? Then, there are things like Social Security and Medicare which would crumble away if they were tuned to follow a business model. They would not favor the people who they were intended to favor.

Donald Trump’s businessman history does not disqualify him from being President of the United States, however. America has one of the strongest economies in the world. Hence, someone who understands how business works around the world is a valuable asset to this country. The part that does not fit, though, is Trump’s record in business. He stated that he received a small loan of $1 million to start his business ventures; Trump cannot relate with the common American, as most Americans did not receive any kind financial capital to start off their lives. Another important thing to remember is that Mr. Trump has had his fair share of failures. There is Trump University which had its participants feeling as if they had been swindled of their money, as well as his casinos in Atlantic City which were foreclosed. His steak business, airline, and vodka never reached real levels of success. Donald Trump is a businessman, but he does have a record of business failures which demonstrate that he is certainly not a business mastermind.

A crucial choice lies ahead for us Americans. This choice will impact how the next 4- and maybe even 8- years will go for America and the world. When it comes to making a choice, the amount of research done needs to be more than just what the candidate has to show upfront. The “Trump for president because he is a businessman” reasoning is simply flawed because not only does Trump have a flawed business record, but the next American President will also have to make more than just economic decisions for this country's citizens.

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