Op-Ed: Trump is unfit candidate for presidency

Irene Ryan
Feature/Entertainment Editor

gopcandidateschartVoters have a lot to worry about in the upcoming 2016 election: a struggling economy, a growing gun control debate, a refugee crisis and Donald Trump.

“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem [Islam] and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Jihad and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” Donald Trump said on Monday, Dec. 7.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump said on June 16.

Who is it again who has no respect for human lives? Trump is not only a bigot and a complete imbecile. He is dangerous. He has no business running for president, and we all know this, yet he currently has, according to a Huffington Post poll, a projected 34 percent in the Republican primary.

One giant thing Trump has on his side is media coverage. It’s almost as if he is the only Republican candidate, and the reason is simple: entertainment.

According to NBC, Saturday Night Live had a 6.6 household rating on Trump’s episode, beating the season’s previous high, hosted by Miley Cyrus and with a guest appearance Hillary Clinton. In fact, Trump’s overnight rating was 47 percent higher than the Cyrus/Clinton episode.

Because of Trump’s entertainment value, it is very easy to forget that the man we are laughing about and parodying and putting on our late night entertainment is an actual political candidate who is the front runner of the Republican party thus far.

Let’s start calling what Trump is doing by its proper name: hate speech.

On Dec. 9, director and left-wing activist Michael Moore started a campaign to report Trump’s Facebook page as hate speech, according to the website guidelines. We should do the same thing when we vote.

Voters have a lot of responsibility in the 2016 election. The results could potentially flip America and its political system on its head.

Don’t take this responsibility lightly. Don’t let a man like Donald Trump take office.

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