Ban Donald Trump


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Jessica Bonacci, Opinion Editor

There is currently one man in politics that has the power to polarize a nation. He is associated with both ignorance and greatness. That man is Donald Trump.

“The Donald” is the king of racist, xenophobic rhetoric, as he has said many hateful statements in the recent months that encourage discrimination of unfamiliar religions and cultures.

All of Trump’s statements should discourage people from voting in his favor. His latest actions, however, should be the tipping points that render him ineligible for the presidency.

After a loss to Ted Cruz in the Iowa Caucus, Trump conceded with unprecedented dignity. That did not last long.

At the Jan. 28 Republican debate, Trump refused to attend because of his bad blood with a moderator.

Before that, while speaking in Iowa on Jan. 23, Trump addressed the loyalty of his followers, saying “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

The scary part of the latter event is that Trump is probably right.

In fact, people laughed when Trump made the aforementioned statement. One man went as far as professing his love for the “politician.”

In just one sentence, he managed to insult the integrity of his followers and show how completely ridiculous it is that he is a serious contender for the oval office. But no one is jumping off of the Trump train.

By saying that he can shoot someone and still be popular, Trump is assuming that people will overlook murder, abandon their morals, for a man who promises them a greater America.

When a president takes the oath of office, he swears to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Nowhere in the oath does a president promise to underestimate the intelligence and morals of his people.

Trump also refused to participate in the Fox News debate. According to CNN, Trump skipped the debate because Megyn Kelly treated him unfairly.

One of the questions he deemed unfair addressed his treatment of women. Megyn Kelly asked, “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals’… Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”

This was a direct inquiry that questioned Trump’s eligibility and morality in the presidential race.

How is Trump going to handle world leaders and even tackle threats to homeland security if he is too afraid of direct questions from a journalist to show up to a debate?

Will he skip out on important meetings if he is, hypothetically, elected because he doesn’t like what others are saying?

After his second place finish in the Iowa Caucus, Trump responded with surprisingly subdued actions. For a short time, it was almost as if he was humble. He even tweeted about his great experiences in Iowa, going so far as to call them “wonderful.” His “nice” comments, however, included stabs at what Trump called “unfair treatment by the media.”

Even when he says he is, Trump is still not happy. There is always room for insults in his book.

This is not the behavior a president should exemplify. This is not the behavior anyone should exemplify. It is almost as if Trump is no longer taking his campaign seriously.

Hopefully, Trump’s latest statements and actions are enough to swing voters so that a different candidate may get the Republican nomination.

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