Love Trumps Violence
May 19, 2016
Donald J. Trump, the soon to be republican candidate, is known for many things; his businesses (successful and failed), his celebrity apprentice show, his unflattering hair, or maybe Trump University. But most importantly, you might know him by his harsh and hateful visions to make America “great” again for the primary candidate race. Trump often holds rallies, or big gatherings with his supporters around America to project his visions of banning Muslims from entering the country and wearing special badges to state their faith. He also wants no restrictions on guns, to ban abortion (but keep planned parenthood around) and to reverse gay marriage rights. Trump has big plans for his planned presidential term(s) and many say it’s becoming a nightmare.
Protesters are known for making appearances at Trump rallies to get a message of equality and love out through silent protests, holding signs of peace, and other forms of protest. Some protesters, on the other hand, make much louder statements by wearing Ku Klux Klan wardrobe, yelling insults, and more to make the statement of Trump’s racist ways. Each time a protester stands out, they are called out by either supporters or Trump himself and are escorted out. Often supporters and even Trump himself harass and bully the protesters, sometimes yelling racists slurs and other times becoming violent. Trump claims he has no ties to the violent acts of his supporters at his rallies, but in video proof, Trump tells supporters to punch a protester in the face and he’ll pay for the legal fees. Other times, he’s bullied a disabled journalist and has made the republican primary debate look like a children’s play date – arguing with candidates like Marco Rubio about topics far from political and of importance.
Speaking about the violence at his rallies, Trump said “People come [to Trump campaign events] with tremendous passion and love for their country…. When they see what’s going on in this country, they have anger that’s unbelievable. They have anger. They love this country. They don’t like seeing bad trade deals. They don’t like seeing higher taxes. They don’t like seeing a loss of their jobs…. And I see it. There’s some anger. There’s also great love for the country. It’s a beautiful thing in many respects. But I certainly do not condone that at all.”
In other words, these rally members want simple and violent solutions for extremely complex problems in our country. Those who are different by race, faith, or political indifference have no rights in their eyes. Supporters see these protesters and lose all respect for these human beings and violently lash out. Muslims, undocumented Mexicans, and wrongfully-convicted colored teens are the scapegoat for Trump supporters’ emotional and economical pain. Donald Trump sees the violent “passions” as a beautiful thing, which contradicts with Trump not having ties with the violence at his rallies.
People of the Republican Party are starting to oppose Trump saying he is accumulating followers in the wrong way – through fear and hate. Mitt Romney slammed Trump saying, “Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” and “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: he gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”
Romney said that “dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark,” pointing to his “bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.”
So why exactly does Trump have so many supporters? To be fair, Donald Trump is a brilliant marketer and he has fed into the fear and anger in the American people to help him get the political support he needs to be the republican nomination. He makes these impeccable and bold promises like building a wall and limiting the immigration of desperate Muslims to help keep the hope for a better America with more jobs and less terrorism. Supporters hear this and become hopeful maybe because they are scared for their future, they are scared for America, and that can sometimes cause them to act irrationally toward those threatening to get in the way. But the truth is, Trump does not have any actual political experience; he’s just a billionaire that has made his way up with a “small” loan of a million dollars handed to him by his father. He scammed his way through businesses, he’s made misogynistic remarks to previous women he has dated, and he doesn’t have any respect for other leaders because his ego can get in the way. Trump may be a successful businessman, but governing and leading the most powerful nation isn’t a business deal, solving all our foreign and economic policies is not a business deal, and America isn’t a business deal. The choice is yours, in the land of the free.