Un-American? Donald Trump’s Campaign to Presidency

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Issra Said, Special to the NL

“I think the most drastic change I’ll see will be in my interactions with other people,” said Shukri Bana, a student at Grand Valley State University. Bana, a Somali-American, believes if Donald Trump is elected as president of the US, it would amplify bigoted attitudes in her daily social relations due to his political platform which is “inherently oppressive to most of our population,” said Bana.

“The reason he’s running is just because he’s rich and well known so he thinks he can get the votes,” said Sean Mcgee (12).

Donald Trump is a Republican candidate currently campaigning for office in 2016. He is the leading Republican according to several polls. “I don’t consider him as a candidate, because he has really bad takes on immigration,” said Daniel Garreton (10).  According to his recent debates, Trump plans on having Mexico pay for the creation of a wall between the United States and Mexico in order to block Mexican citizens out of the country. “Now who would do that? Let’s be honest,” said Garreton. “This is like where you do opportunites, you can’t just kick everyone out,” said Sooin Choi (10).

Eliminating birthright citizenship to children of undocumented immigrants is one of Trump’s objectives as president. “We’re the only ones dumb enough, stupid enough to have it,” Trump said in the second Republican debate. “That shouldn’t happen. If you’re born in America, you should be an American citizen,” said Krista Proksch (10). “He is clearly not concerned with the economic consequences of immigration, but is concerned with creating and maintaining a hegemonic American identity which is inherently un-American,” said Bana.

Many people do not agree with Trump’s morale. “He’s racist,” said Catie Bartholomew (10). According to CNN, an anonymous man at a question-and-answer town hall event in Rochester, New Hampshire said, “We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. You know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American.” “We need this question. This is the first question,” said Trump. The man followed by asking about how to get rid of Muslims. “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things. You know, a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening. We’re going to be looking at that and many other things,” said Trump. Trump did not correct the man’s claims about Obama, or challenge what the man had said. “That made me so angry and mad, because he’s basically disliking all Muslims. There’s good [Muslims] in the world, so why is he talking bad about them if he doesn’t personally know them?” said Beyza Neifert (10).

Donald Trump, unlike other candidates, is not using funds from interest groups. He is using his own money, so he will not be obliged into doing favors for people who have donated to his campaign. Therefore, his policies will not be influenced by interest groups. “That is unique in American politics. However, he has no political plan. He just answers questions generically,”  said Ali Said, an international diplomat.

“But really I don’t foresee him being elected as so much power is in our hands and my generation contains a wealth of voting power. I see the hesitation to put someone whose politics are not aligned with our own in power,” said Bana.

If he became the president I wouldn’t want to live in this country because I wouldn’t want to claim him as my president.”

— Beyza Neifert (10)