It’s more or less an accepted fact that the at-first laughing stock candidate, Donald Trump, may actually be a potential pathway for the Republican presidential nomination. So, here’s a quick crash course on Trump regarding his candidacy journey so far.
Firstly, hats off to Trump for exceeding the expectations of being just a media sham, and getting down to work straight away after announcing his candidacy in New York. Travelling to Iowa, New Hampshire, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Trump had a good kick start his campaign with rallies and speeches that has done a pretty decent job of swaying the people as proven by survey statistics.
However, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine for Trump- Trump has become fairly well known for his pretty potent criticism after declaring to run for presidency; he’s openly offended ‘the women’, ‘the Latinos’, Asians, immigrants, ‘the blacks’, Jews, Muslims, Mexicans, and the list goes on. And all of this surfaced during his first major debut as a Republican candidate on television on the August 6 Fox News Republican Debate. At the beginning of the debate, the candidates were asked if they would pledge not to run as an independent candidate in case they don’t win the Republican nomination, and Trump was the only candidate who refused to pledge. As one can see, Trump clearly has quite the assertiveness. Let’s not forget what Trump said about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly after the debate: as a “lightweight” with “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”. Despite the efforts by both Fox News and other candidates to crush Trump during the debate, Trump retained the first place after the debate, with an NBC News poll showing him at 23% not long after its air.
Let’s look at some of his standpoints on some of the major issues that have come up so far:
- “ObamaCare is a catastrophe that must be repealed & replaced”
- “I am against gun control”
- “Mexico & Latin America send us drugs, crime, and rapists”
- “Build great wall on southern border; have Mexico pay for it”
- “One-time 14% tax on wealthy to pay down national debt”
Not to mention his renown public comments that made it to becoming GIFs:
It’s a political milestone really for the US as the billionaire real estate media mogul has become the consistent frontrunner for the Republican nomination. The question is whether people would really vote for such a personality and extremist views when it comes down to the 2016 elections. It will definitely be interesting to keep an eye on how Trump’s campaign turns out throughout the next few months.
– Hyun Jung Choi (’16)