I’ve been reading what the Burnet News Club members have been discussing over the past half term – the American presidential election race. Like many Americans, it seems that you are making your decisions on who to vote for out of the lesser of two evils. A strong number of you say you’d vote for Hillary but only because your dislike for her is nothing compared to your disgust at Trump’s racism and sexism.
Raven the Rauthor writes, “I think that they are both quite horrid and despicable (mainly Donald Trump, as everyone knows). But out of the two, I’d vote for Hilary Clinton, for she plans, and waits patiently for the time to make her move, Donald Trump just goes for it, without thinking of what he wants to say.”
I completely agree. I would hate to be an American at this time. Neither candidate inspires me, but my fear of a chaotic Trump presidency would force me to vote for Hillary. After Hillary was announced the official Democratic nominee I remember scrolling through the Twitter hashtag ‘#GirlIGuessImWithHer’. This was a play on Hillary supporters’ hashtag ‘#ImWithHer’ by reluctant Democratic voters. I felt sorry for the thousands of Americans who were only going to vote for Hillary because she’s an alternative to Trump. Even Oprah Winfrey came out and said, “You don’t have to like her… but there really is no choice, people.”
This isn’t to say some of you haven’t considered Trump’s advantages over Hillary. One comment that really got me thinking was from chocolatebrownieswoo_3, who still prefers Hillary. They point out that, “An entrepreneur as successful as Trump cannot be lacking in experience. To add, all top businessmen/women have a ‘political career’ because a strong political presence is necessary in business to cut successful deals nationally and internationally. Business and Politics overlap and interlink.”
Although it’s debatable how successful an entrepreneur Trump actually is, his self-marketing skills are impressive. He must have some sort of business and political knowledge to remain in the public eye for so long and to survive so many bankruptcies. Also, Trump has shown a good grasp of politics. For example, he won the Republican nomination from experienced politicians by manipulating media coverage. He targets a group of people who feel ignored by the establishment. I used to think Trump was completely inexperienced, but chocolatebrownieswooo_3 is right, he must have some experience.
So Trump may have some presidential skills because he’s a businessman, although I personally believe proper experience in politics is vital to run a country. Trump’s supporters also praise him for being separate from the establishment and uncensored, but how true is this?
After looking closely at a quote from Trump about immigration that contradicts his usual racist claims, MoonlightLeviosa8 decided that Trump is “not only manipulative; he’s also manipulated to buff over his own ideas to win the campaign”.
They ask, “Do you want someone who’s LYING to win the polls as your president for the next FOUR YEARS?” For me this is the scariest thing about a potential Trump presidency. I do think Trump is racist because he spews so much ignorance and hatred. Nonetheless, I reckon most of what he says about foreign policy is to win votes from people who feel threatened by immigrants and foreigners. I don’t think he fully believes everything that he says, or plans to act on it (you can’t build a wall in Mexico and then expect Mexicans to pay for it, that’s like banning someone from a party and then expecting them to clean up the mess afterwards). I can’t trust Trump at all, because I don’t know whether what he says are his beliefs or just lies.
Furthermore, if he does become president, I’m sure that he would have to be ‘manipulated’ and censored to keep up international relations. As president, Trump has to negotiate with other important world leaders as well as represent America. Therefore, to be a successful president he can’t keep on saying racist and sexist things, otherwise other countries won’t want to work with him. However, if Trump changes what he says, won’t that disappoint many Trump voters and cause even more tension in America?
Overall, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts and I agree with much of what I saw. I think Hillary would make a better president than Trump because she is more experienced and rational. However, like most of you, I wouldn’t be enthusiastic about voting for her. I have no idea how the election will turn out next month. The polls say that Hillary is likely to win at the moment, but recently polls have been inaccurate. For example, many didn’t predict Brexit. Furthermore, because many people don’t like Hillary, they might not turn up to vote for her. For me, however, one thing is for certain: I miss Barack Obama, America’s current president, already.