Donald Trump detrimental to democracy
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President Trump is a abomination of what a leader should be, but his presidency is sadly fitting given America’s consistently repulsive treatment of minorities. This country was founded in the genocide of the Native Americans, built on the slave labor of African-Americans. Ideally, white America would have evolved beyond the hate but unfortunately it is not so.
Trump’s platform was based entirely on stereotypes and hated for minorities. He repeatedly bashed people of color, immigrants, muslims, jews, and LGBT people.
Trump has failed to condemn the Klu Klux Klan. He told CNN’s Jake Tapper that “I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.”
This is highly ironic as Trump has made numerous racist assumptions about people of color during his campaign and will invariably continue to do so now that he has taken office.
He has claimed that “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said in his presidential announcement speech in June.
His record with immigrants is just as nasty, the quote above serving as one example. There’s also his infamous plan to force Mexico to pay for a wall along the border. Trump also wanted to “Move criminal aliens out day one” and “will terminate the Obama administration’s deadly, non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets” according to his website.
Trump’s belief that undocumented immigrants are flooding the streets and spreading crime is false. Undocumented immigrants only make up 3.5 percent of the population according to Alan Gomez of USA Today.
“Only a tiny percentage of the nation’s violent crimes are handled by the federal court system,” Gomez wrote. “Yes, undocumented immigrants accounted for 9.2 percent of federal murder convictions in 2013, but that represents a grand total of eight murder cases…the FBI estimates there were 14,196 murders in the U.S. in 2013, those few cases handled by the federal court system don’t quite register as a reliable sample set.”
Additionally, The New York Times found that more Mexicans, the main focus of Trump’s illogical purge, are leaving the country than entering it.
“Last year, the number of Mexicans caught crossing the border illegally…dropped to 230,000, according to official figures, the lowest since 1971,” Julia Preston wrote for the New York Times on Nov. 19, 2016.
His stance on a Muslim registry has caused holocaust survivors great concern. “If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster,” Eva Schloss wrote in an opinion piece for Newsweek on Jan. 27, 2016. “I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism.”
“People aren’t going to want to hear it but as [Trump] talked more and more, he sounded more and more like Hitler,” holocaust survivor and Philadelphia resident George Sakheim told PhillyMag. “There’s the grandiosity, that self-importance, that feeling the he knows everything.”
Statistics have shown that the average American has a better chance of being killed by a falling tree branch than a Jihadist terrorist.
“A person living in the United States is more than over 100 times more likely to be killed by falling objects than by jihadi terrorists,” Graham Allison of the Boston Globe wrote. “On average, 4 people in the United States have been killed by jihadi terrorist attacks each year over the past decade; 688 by falling objects.”
Trump hates Jews as well and having Jewish family does not prevent him from being an antisemite.
“You’re not going to support me, because I don’t want your money,” Trump said at the Republican Jewish Conference. “You want to control your own politician.”
This is just one instance of Trump promoting the idea the Jews are all business savvy and controlling events from the shadows. A few months later Trump tweeted a picture of the Star of David over a pile of money, next to Hillary Clinton’s face. The image was captioned “Crooked Hillary makes history! Most corrupt candidate ever!” which sent the same message, despite the fact that Clinton is not Jewish.
“Donald Trump and his surrogates have been playing footsie with American neo-Nazis for months: tweeting their memes, retweeting their messages, appearing on their radio shows,” Dana Milbank of the Washington Post wrote. “[Trump] released a closing ad for his campaign repeating offending lines from [his] speech, this time illustrated with images of prominent Jews…The ad shows Hillary Clinton and says she partners ‘with these people who don’t have your good in mind.’ Anti-Semitism is no longer an undertone of Trump’s campaign. It’s the melody.”
His national security advisor has also met with Austria’s version of the neo-nazi party. Known as the Freedom Party and founded in the 1950s and was meant to serve as a “postwar refuge” for said nazis after the end of World War Two, according to Robert Misik of the New York Times. Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon is a well known antisemite and all around neo-nazi.
Trump’s willingness to align himself with such disgusting individuals is a testament to the type of person he is. Given all of this, it should come as no surprise that Trump is homophobic and transphobic.
“I’m not surprised at the ratings. I just think it wouldn’t interest you. I knew him a little bit when Bruce was a great athlete. He was one of the best-looking people you’ll ever see,” Trump stated, dead-naming and misgendering transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner in an interview with Janice Min of the Hollywood Reporter when the two discussed Jenner’s show “I am Cait.” Trump has also talked about nominating Supreme Court judges who would overturn marriage equality.
“It’s unfair because we fought so hard for [marriage equality] and now it’s going to be ripped away,” Emily Mela, freshman and member of Spectrum, Neshaminy’s Gay-Straight Alliance, said.
A common sentiment rose among Americans during and after the election-that the hateful words spewed by Trump couldn’t actually hurt anyone, because they are just words. However, Trump’s words are not just words, they inspire hateful actions against minorities.
“Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” two Boston brothers, Scott Leader and Steve Leader, who urinated on and beat a homeless Mexican man told the Boston police back in May 2015.
In Dec. 2016 William Celli, who expressed support for Trump online, was arrested for a plans to bomb the local Muslim community in Richmond, California. “It is not simply a matter of being ‘politically correct’,” Nick Wing of the Huffington Post wrote. “When a prominent national figure repeatedly demonizes entire groups of people, it affirms viewpoints and attitudes that can be dangerous.”
And now that Trump is president, he can use his executive powers to harm people directly, example A being the Muslim ban. The ban has blocked refugees fleeing war from finding a safe haven in America. Trump has made it clear that Christians from the banned countries will still be allowed into the country, directly violating the first amendment.
Refugees, immigrants, and green card holders were denied entry to America and unlawfully detained, leaving them uncertain about their futures. The ban suspended all refugees admission program for 120 days, significantly cut the number of refugees allowed into America, and indefinitely banned all Syrian refugees.
“In addition to the refugee measures, the order also bans visitors from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen into the United States for 90 days,” The New York Times reported.
Trump’s Muslim Ban will be leaving innocent civilians to suffer and die because of blatantly false stereotypes. Already, a woman who came to America seeking medical treatment has passed away because she was turned away at the airport.
“They destroyed us,” Mike Hager, son of the deceased woman told Fox News. “I went with my family, I came back by myself. They destroyed our family.”
“In this time of uncertainty and unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the world’s most defenseless children and families,” human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai stated via facebook.
Trump is not fit to be in any sort of leadership position and the fact that he won the election is a crime. Americans of all creeds must resist this tyranny to preserve human life and the ideals of democracy.