Why We Still Need To Be Talking About Donald Trump
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Why We Still Need To Be Talking About Donald Trump

4
Why We Still Need To Be Talking About Donald Trump
Gawker

If you're a Trump supporter, you should stop reading now. You should probably consider reading this, this, or even this. If you support literally anybody else besides Donald Trump because you've recognized how eerily similar he is to a certain dictator from 20th century Germany (clue: his name rhymes with Tadolf Ditler), read on.

Now, you're probably considering stopping again. "I know Trump is racist, sexist, and ridiculous," you might be thinking. "I've heard about his crazy plan to build a wall along the Mexican border. I know he doesn't believe in climate change. Everyone's already talked about how he has been extremely sexist towards women." You've heard it all already; Trump doesn't surprise you anymore. You don't need to read another article about Trump's crazy ideas to remind you that you're making the right decision by voting for a different candidate.

But that's exactly it. I'm not writing this article to tell you even more outrageous things Trump wants to do, and I'm not writing this article to tell you who to vote for. I'm writing this article to tell you how it is important to continuously and critically understand how terrifying it is to have a man like Trump be the front-runner -- by quite a large margin -- for the Republican party.

If your life is anything like mine, you don't know any real Trump supporters. Any of your friends, in real life or on Facebook, that say they support Trump are probably saying it ironically. You don't know or are close to an actual person who stands behind Trump and his values.

That makes it easy to put Trump aside. To dismiss him as "that crazy demagogue" and scoff every time you hear about yet another insulting tweet, another racist declaration, another unrealistic idea he has about the way the country should be run.

But you have to fight that urge. Yes, he is racist. Yes, he is sexist. Yes, he is ignorant and demagogical and power-hungry. But he has also convinced millions of American citizens that he is the best option for the Republican party and for this country. Even if you don't believe he would win in a general election, there are millions of people in this country -- people that could potentially be future classmates, employers, peers -- who proudly stand behind him.

The problem doesn't end at Trump. The problem isn't that there is a man running for president that says awful, almost sociopathic things. The problem is that there is a terrifyingly large amount of people that believe in that man, and believe that he will actually solve their problems.

We cannot simply dismiss Trump and his followers as "crazy." We cannot let Trump and his actions become normal. We cannot let ourselves live in a world where demagoguery and discrimination are expected from, not condemned by, potential leaders of the country.

The next time you read another headline about Trump’s newest atrocity, or the next time you hear someone talking about how crazy he is, pay attention. Ask yourself how a man like Donald Trump could have possibly gotten so much support from the American people, how the state of affairs in this country could have come to a point where millions of people believe that things like sexism, walls, and even murder are legitimate options to “make America great again."

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

20 Things I Learned By The Start of My 20s

No one expects you to have your life together by the time you're 20, because honestly, they didn't either.

10356
Allyson Foutty

We are all often faced with many life challenges throughout the time leading up to our 20s. Before this time, and throughout it, we often look back at the things we've learned and how they've influenced who we are as people today. Some of my biggest influences were some of the challenges I've faced, but they've taught me 20 important things by the start of my 20s.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The Boyfriend Recipe

The ingredients to build a relationship are a little more complicated than just a bouquet of flowers and a box of candy.

9011

Relationships. Long distance or not, significant others are much more than just that. I would be lying if I said I did not love the sweet gestures that only a boyfriend can give. The flowers, funny phone calls, hand holding, breakfast dates, and tight hugs are special but my relationship and many others out there exist on much more than just these little gestures. It is a tricky concoction that consists of one part boyfriend and two parts best friend and would not work without one part or the other. While having a relationship may not be quite as easy as baking a batch of cookies, it has its own recipe (with a few variations for flavor) to follow for a good match.

Keep Reading... Show less
google images

Fashion just keeps growing and changing and old trends are made new! Now, I'm no beauty guru, just a beauty guru wannabe, but personally I have compiled some stylish wardrobe must haves! These can be cute assets to go back to school or just to catch up on some of the latest trends...

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

There's More To A Relationship Than Netflix

Summertime is only 93 days of the year, Find something to do!

9279
Tallie Ammar

Summertime is ideal for more than just hanging out and binging your favorite TV series with your friends. Although summer does bring rain and thunderstorms which is perfect for those binging days, take advantage of those nice and sunny days. There is so many opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the season before the snow starts to come back. Here are 25 interesting dates that are doable almost anywhere for any age.

Keep Reading... Show less
Leilani Encarnacion

Philadelphia has its beauty, but some of you may have not been to some of the most beautiful hidden spots in the city. This summer is a chance for new adventures and exploring, so here are a few places that I highly recommend you should visit at least once.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments