It’s been no secret that one of Donald Trump’s issues has been his frequent conflict with the press. If a report is brought to his attention that criticizes him or disagrees with his viewpoints, then he has been known to call it fake news or suppress it if it is from a federal source. For example, Trump has placed a gag order on the EPA and the USDA, effectively silencing them (1). This is extremely dangerous and should be cause for a great deal of alarm.
What Trump is doing is blatantly interfering with 1st amendment rights and the freedom of speech. The purpose of a gag order is to keep certain government agencies from revealing sensitive information that could potentially cause America to suffer in terms of bodily harm. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture do not have that sort of information, not when they are releasing reports on things like global climate change and global warming.
However, the reports that have been released, like the ones that say global climate change is real and that we should do something about it, directly go against Trump’s agenda and his claim that “global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese.” Trump doesn’t like it and he doesn’t want to hear it, so he abuses his power to restrict the voices of the EPA and the USDA. How long before he begins to do the same to news organizations he doesn’t like and calls “fake news”? Trump has already shown that he does not mind abusing his power to get what he wants or twisting things around to suit his needs. The gag orders he has placed on these federal agencies may only be the beginning, and he may soon go after any organization (or anyone) who disagrees with him. These are the first steps towards a dictatorship.
It seems that since his inauguration, President Trump has made some of the most controversial executive orders just within his first few days in office. These executive orders include moving on with the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Mexico City Policy on abortion, and the travel ban for those in the Middle East.
With these executive orders, some people feel as though the country is moving backward in time, not forward. President Trump had given an executive order that would ban citizens of Syria, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Iran, Somalia and Yemen from entering the United States for 30 days (1). It has been stated in the past that President Trump wants to keep those of the Muslim faith out of the country, and this order does exactly that.
With his use of power, it seems as though President Trump is trying to turn our country into 1950’s America. However, the discrimination is not focused solely on African Americans; this time, he’s including Muslims in the mix. In his mind, this will “Make America Great Again.” His travel ban says to, “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality” (1). This means that he wants to put Christians from the Middle East before Muslims from the Middle East.
The United States has, historically, always been a country of diversity, scientific exploration, and a chance for immigrants to improve their lives. President Trump seems as though he is no better than a fascist because of his policies to silence the scientists and media, to discriminate against those of different religions and to limit women’s rights.
President Trump signed an executive order that reinstated the Mexico City Policy. This policy requires foreign agencies to certify that they will not fund or promote abortion as a way of family planning (2). He signed this order only a few days after the Women’s March on Washington. These women were marching for their rights, and these include equal pay and reproductive rights. This march was said to be one of the most peaceful marches, and it also had one of the largest crowds just in Washington D.C. itself. Women all over the globe marched for their rights protesting President Trump.
Yes, there are movements that have not exactly kept the peace, but most protests across the country have been non-violent. These people are trying to be compassionate toward others, even those of a different race, religion, or ethnicity. This is exactly what the country needs during this time of hate and discrimination. And with this movement of compassion, it seems as though millennials are trying to make the biggest change. Large crowds of millennials are attempting to make their voices heard, and they are using kindness as their tool. Kindness itself is the most powerful force that can fight against President Trump and his administration.
Donald Trump has been in office for a little over a week and already he has created huge dissent with blatant xenophobia and Islamophobia. Trump has banned travel from seven countries that have majority Muslim populations, and he has temporarily suspended any refugees from entering the country, all in the name of preventing terrorism (1). This is blatant racism and frankly disgusting and disgraceful behavior from America’s new president.
Trump has, not so subtly, shown that he believes that anyone from an Islamic country is a terrorist or is at least affiliated with or supports them. This is racism; it cannot be said enough. He is making a derogatory, sweeping generalization about one of the largest groups in the world based on the actions of a few who claim to be Islamic, and he has abused his power in an attempt to enforce this belief. In comparison, this is like saying every white male is a mass shooter who will unavoidably kill just because people like Dylann Roof have committed racist mass shootings. Or the fact that the majority of mass shootings (which are themselves acts of terrorism) are committed by white males (2). Why isn’t President Trump issuing an executive order to ban all white men from owning a gun or preventing them from entering the country? It probably wouldn’t seem fair to do that based on the actions of a relative few, would it? Then why would it be okay to do the same exact thing to immigrants and Islamic people? It’s an avoidable fact that the majority of mass shooters in America are white males, and it is arguable that many of the stereotypical terrorists that people are worried about really are of the Islamic faith. However, they may not understand that Islam is a religion that promotes justice, kindness, and goodness, and forbids acts of violence (3).
What Trump is doing is petty fear-mongering. He is trying to make people look away from his own incompetency and place all of the blame for the many issues and troubles on immigrants and the Islamic people. This is blatant racism and ignorant hypocrisy, and it promotes blind hatred. We are a country of immigrants; we are supposed to be a country that welcomes everyone and allows a place for people to practice their religion and beliefs. America is a land of freedom where people are safe in the knowledge that they will be welcomed into the country and be who they are. We even have a national monument promoting exactly this: the Statue of Liberty. There is a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty bearing these famous words from the poem The New Colossus: “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free …” (4). Trump’s actions are distinctly un-American; immigrants are real human beings, not some unknown other. We should be welcoming them in, not taking federal action to keep them out. America is better than this, and we should act like it and not spout ignorant, hate promoting propaganda.
Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. In a shocking evening filled with suspense, Trump was able to live up to his lofty goal of debunking the theory of the Democratic “blue wall” consisting of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin and flip them into the Republican’s column. With these three states, plus other traditional swing states, such as North Carolina and Florida, Trump was able to push beyond the 270 electoral votes needed to become President-elect, even though he lost the popular vote.
Many seem to be scratching their heads wondering why and how this ever happened but in reality, we all should have seen this coming. Vice President Joe Biden recently discussed with Chris Matthews on MSNBC about how the Democratic Party had lost touch with the blue-collar voters from around the country. This group, which still makes up a large portion of the electorate, found comfort in President-elect Trump’s policies surrounding the economy, found hope in the prospect of jobs returning and admired his simple understanding of the working-class voter.
As President-Elect Trump begins his transition to power, Democrats face a critical moment in history. With the loss of such a large portion of its base to the GOP, Democrats will face an uphill battle as they try to broaden their appeal and win back one or both chambers of the House of Representatives in 2018. Until then, the party of Reagan holds all branches of the federal government, governorships, and statehouses across the country.
I’m reminded of Ricegum every time that I’ve sat down to watch the presidential debates. For those of you who don’t know him, Bryan Le, best known as Rice Gum, is notorious for roasting people and their egos on YouTube. I don’t even feel the need to switch over to Crunchyroll or DramaFever with the way Hillary and Trump go at each other; so far they’ve been the best at keeping me entertained.
In less than 20 days, we’re to see a candidate emerge as the next President of the United States, and, no matter who it is, it’s sure to be historic to say the least. With the mass frustration of having to choose between “the lesser of two evils,” a good percent is leaning towards voting in Gary Johnson’s favor. But is that percentage enough?
See, blind trust like that can be a dangerous thing. In case you forgot, we’re not a democracy; we’re a republic. It aggravates me when politicians will refer to us as a democracy, but yet we have a two-party system built that is made to discourage third-party members from rising, and then we have two main candidates that honestly just represent the top one percent, all while spouting nothing but pretty words, or ugly words as well in Donald’s case.
I am a strong supporter of Jill Stein, but we’ve never before had a third-party member become President. And, again, as long as we have an electoral college in place, this nation may never see one. It is true that they’ve come so far in the race, but, in the end, voting for a third-party member means throwing your vote away. Face it. And, yes, Gary Johnson is a third-party member.
The two options that that leaves us with are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The way I see it, with the amount of disapproval rating Trump’s got, there’s no stopping Clinton from winning the presidency–but that’s just my opinion. Happy voting!
Donald J. Trump, republican candidate for the 2016 presidential election, seems to be confused on his own beliefs and values. When it comes to abortion, pro-life or pro-choice, Trump has, on multiple occasions, changed his mind on where he stands. According to The Washington Post, over the last 17 years, Trump has flip-flopped on the topic of abortion. Knowing that he use to be a democrat, it’s understandable that his views have changed since becoming a republican; however, over a three day time period, March 30 through April 1, Trump altered his statements about abortion five times. It seems as though he mixed up his own beliefs with the ones he was told to believe by the people running his campaign.
On March 30, at 2:30 pm, Trump sits down for an interview with MSNBC, stating that he believes women who receive abortions should be criminally punished, adding the men involved should not be criminally punished. This statement, seemingly strongly believed and confirming in its delivery, was altered an hour later, before the interview could be aired, by a spokesperson for Trump on twitter saying “statement on abortion: says it should be put back to the states and he’s pro life, like Reagan.” This new statement is essentially a 180 from what he had previously said, an hour before. About an hour after that, a new and more extensive statement is released on his website which is, again, completely different from his initial statement to the interviewer at MSNBC.
On April 1, CBS releases a small piece of their interview with Trump which seems to contain another statement about abortion, one that is, once again, different from statements previously made. He said “the laws are set now on abortion and that’s the way they’re going to remain until they’re changed. I would’ve preferred states’ rights. I think it would’ve been better if it were up to the states. But right now, the laws are set…. At this moment, the laws are set. And I think we have to leave it that way.” This statement is completely contradictory to everything he has said, as of recently, about his stance on abortion. The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization, replied to Trump’s statement saying he should be “disqualified himself as the GOP nominee.”
Once again, before his CBS interview airs, Trump’s campaign releases a statement changing his stance on abortion. It states “Mr. Trump gave an accurate account of the law as it is today and made clear it must stay that way now — until he is president. Then he will change the law through his judicial appointments and allow the states to protect the unborn. There is nothing new or different here.” So what can we take away from this debacle? Trump doesn’t know what he believes in. It seems as though his spokespeople are the ones who are actually running for president and he is just the frontman with all the money. If Trump can’t decide which side he’s on regarding this pretty straightforward issue, how can the American people expect him to make decision on issues that are more complicated and could put the entire country at risk? The voters need to open their eyes to who Trump is and discover what he really believes in, that is, if he even really knows.
Marco Rubio, former Republican candidate, may have dropped out of the presidential race after losing to Donald Trump in the Florida Primary, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t hilarious arguments and fights left behind to peruse. Some even point to the following scenario as anexplanation for what went wrong in his candidacy.
Shortly before Super Tuesday, Marco Rubio decided to attempt to stump Donald Trump, by mocking his hair and spray tan, then criticizing the size of Trump’s hands. Trump, the Republican front runner, reassured voters that there was no problem with the size of his hands, or any other part of his body. This has become one of the most famous debate moments thus far in this campaign.
Presidential hopeful and former presidential hopeful, were citing back to urban legend, that says that you can assume a man’s penis size after looking at his hands, feet, or by how tall he is.
If a man’s hands are small, so is the size of his penis. This isn’t the first time the size of Trump’s hands or his anatomy has been brought into the media.Ever since a 1988 Spy magazine article branded him a “short-fingered vulgarian”, Trump has been excessively sensitive about the size of his hands and penis.
Science hasn’t come to a consensus on the small matter, but there may be some truth to the small hands, small penis myth. However, the size of a man’s penis doesn’t come down to his hands, but down to a finger.
If a man’s ring finger islonger in relation to his index finger, there’s a possibility that his penis is a tad longer than an average penis. This is only a difference of centimeters.
For most researchers to determine this, they evaluated a man’s overall measurements. They assessed his height and weight, and additionally measured his fingers and his erect penis. One team of researchers evenstudied this theory in rats.
However, what might actually determine the length of an adult man’s penis relies on how much of the hormone androgen he was introduced to while in his mother’s womb.
To demonstrate this theory,scientists tested on rats. The proportions of their finger length resemble those of humans. Scientists first blocked a mother’s androgen level during the rat’s development cycle. When the rat became an adult, his penis size was smaller than the average penis size. Another study similar to the latter, found that the rats that are introduced to more androgen during thedevelopment cycle had ring fingers that were slightly longer than average.
On February 29th, 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump held a rally at Radford University’s Dedmon Center. This is a letter to Mr. Trump following my experience of going to the rally.
Dear Mr. Trump,
When I heard the news that you were coming to our beautiful campus, I was extremely frustrated and disappointed. To be honest, I really just wanted Bernie Sanders to come to our little town.
Although I was angry that the one candidate I absolutely can’t stand was going to be holding a rally here, I wanted to go to the rally for the experience. After all, the closest I’ve ever gotten to a presidential candidate was in 2004 when George W. Bush and his caravan drove through Niceville, Florida. I was very young, only in elementary school. My parents took me to see his campaign bus drive through our town and I, obviously, had no idea what politics even were.
As I’ve grown, I’ve begun to identify closely with the democratic party, mostly because they’re the party that truly acknowledges social justice issues. So, of course, I would have preferred a democratic candidate stopping by my university.
But, alas, I wanted to attend the rally as I’ve seen many videos from your rallies in which protestors were both escorted and dragged out of the buildings. I also wanted to witness history. Hopefully many years from now we’ll look back and be amazed that you were even a candidate.
After a talk with my republican father, I decided to go into the rally with as open of a mind as I could muster. I was fortunate enough to get a ticket in time, which I didn’t even have to use because I was granted a press pass.
Walking down to the basketball stadium where your rally was to take place, my stomach began to turn. I overheard whispers of hate by your supporters. One supporter expressed his amazement that there were any minorities attending the rally, and he continued to speculate that they were only present to “cause trouble.”
As the rally began, your first speakers were very aggressive. The female speaker was by far one of the most eye-roll inducing. She brought her children up on the stage with her. One thing in particular that stood out to me was when she said, “look at all this diversity,” as she scanned the crowd. Ironically, the crowd was mostly made up of old white folks.
I noticed during the rally, a man wearing an airbrushed shirt with a caricature drawing of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary clinton. The two women were on their knees beside the president. The drawing of Obama was very similar to that of caricatures drawn in the times of Jim Crow, depictingblack folks with large teeth and lips.
I continued to try to keep in mind that these were only your followers and not necessarily representative of your ideals. However, as you began speaking I realized that these followers of yours and their obviously racist ideals were largely inspired by you.
Early on in your rally, a young girl in the crowd stood up, shouted at you and ripped apart one of your paper signs. As she was walking down the bleachers to be escorted out of the building, you had the gall to ask, “are you from Mexico?” This just showed me your ignorance. In the wise, paraphrased, words of Gretchen Weiners, you can’t just ask someone if they’re from Mexico.
Moments after you said, “get her out of here,” about the first protester, a group of black Radford students stood up in silent protest and held each other’s hands in the air. As you pointed them out, the rest of the crowd quickly turned on the peaceful protestors. At this time, the protesters began to chant, “no hate!” As they left the building hand-in-hand, you made a point to say, “you’re only going to hear this once; all lives matter. All lives matter.”
The issue I take with the “All Lives Matter” movement is that it ignores one of the biggest issues our country has ever faced, and has faced for hundreds of years: racial inequality. To get through your thick skull the issue with “All Lives Matter,” I’d like to share with you an analogy.
Imagine there are four people sitting at a table. Three people at the table have a full plate, while Bob, the fourth person, has no food and is starving. Bob looks around and sees that everyone has food, while his plate is empty. Bob speaks up and says, “I deserve food too,” but before he can get the words out, everyone at the table shouts, “everyone deserves food!” While it’s true that everyone deserves food and that all lives really do matter, we can’t put a blanket over the issues we have and ignore them.
As the rally went on, a few other groups were escorted out of the building for heckling you. Fortunately there wasn’t any violence, besides a Time reporter who was choke slammed by a secret service agent.
Overall, no important issues were really discussed at the rally. Sure, you talked about your “Trump Wall” that you will never put between us and Mexico, and you promised Radford’s students “great jobs.” However, you never once laid out a real plan.
Just as many politicians do, you made promises with no plan to back it up. You simply said what the crowd wanted to hear, while also condemning other politicians and the press.
I truly wanted to walk away from that rally feeling some sense of security. I was hoping that you’d say something that would make me think, “this guy isn’t as crazy as I thought, maybe our country won’t be demolished if he becomes president.” Instead, I walked away feeling more fear than ever.
You see, Mr. Trump, it’s not you I’m afraid of. I would never be afraid of a small-minded little man like you. However, what you inspire in people is truly terrifying. When you have a rally, your best and brightest aren’t the ones who make up most of the crowd. Most of the crowd were old white folks whose idea of “make America great again” is going back to those Jim Crow times. To see the hate you brew up in large crowds and the anger in their eyes is what I’m really terrified of, and what kind of movements will be stirred up, should you be elected.
I apologize, Mr. Trump that I couldn’t walk away from your rally with anything positive to say about you. In my eyes, you’re nothing but a privileged white billionaire who can’t relate to the American people, aside from the racists who think you have “balls.” Nothing good can come out of you being elected.
You preach that you hate fear-mongers but you’re the epitome of a fear-monger. You use the already fearful to your advantage by telling them that illegal Mexican immigrants are coming to steal their jobs. Did you know, Mr. Trump, that there are more Mexican immigrants leaving the United States that are coming in?
Mr. Trump, if you are elected I hope that all the obviously racist things you’ve said turn out to be a part of a joke. I hope that your fear-mongering tactics and your lack of plans turn out to be a facade and that you’re actually, somewhere deep in your overly-tanned body, a decent human being.
The 2016 race for President is heating up. We’ve had a number of individuals campaigning in the primaries but a select few have been pulling great numbers in polls taken across the country. Though no poll is truly reliable in terms of who will win the primary, they’re an excellent estimate of what’s to come, and what we’re seeing in CNN’s 2016 Presidential election article is that even though the election itself is still over a year away, we’re quickly coming to a head in terms of which candidate will be representing which party. According to this article by CNN, published in mid-August, despite the many candidates that could very well produce a split-vote specifically in the Republican party, there are a few in particular that have been gaining distinct favor, one of them being the infamous billionaire businessman, Donald Trump.
There is no doubt that Trump is popular — though, popularity doesn’t necessarily equate to well-liked — as his poll results show amazing numbers for someone in such a circumstance as going up against fifteen other candidates in the major polls alone. You have to hand it to him; the man has charisma. But does his enthusiasm really do any good when coming from such a prejudiced being?
Immigration is a hot-button issue that many love to give their opinion on, but that few people truly understand. It’s difficult to see all sides of the situation, especially when you can only experience life as an immigrant by actually trying to immigrate.
Each occurrence is one’s own, and there’s no way to really replicate what so many go through every day in an attempt to find safety and solace here in the “Land of the Free”. Whether it’s right or wrong, that’s totally up for debate. What’s not up for debate, however, is the blatant racism that clouds the reasons of some of those who are radically opposed to open borders.
During Trump’s presidential announcement back in early June, it became clear to many just how prejudiced this man is. During his 45 minute speech, he was slow to think and quick to spew nonsense. Rather than giving reasons as to why it would impact the U.S. economically or culturally, he decided to hit the nail on the head and explain, by painting with a broad stroke to say the least, just how terrible Mexican people as a whole were.
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. [Applause] Thank you. It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Some not being enough, apparently. Despite the obvious positive effects of an influx of diversity, and despite the obvious problems of drug abuse, crime, and rape right here on the home-front, Trump seems to make his beliefs quite clear.
Whether you agree with immigration or not, and whether you support Trump or not, there are issues that will come hand in hand with his presidency if he is elected into office, issues that will impact us all, no matter where we come from.
This has been a crazy summer for anyone who follows politics. Donald Trump has taken the GOP by storm, bad-mouthing his way to the top of the polls, despite never having a background in politics, and giving little to no solutions to the big problems at hand.
On the flip side, Bernie Sanders has given Hillary more than a run for her money for the Democratic primary, most recently overtaking her in Iowa. But he’s not your conventional politician either, accepting no money from big businesses, and throwing no punches toward his fellow candidates.
It’s a tale of two very different campaigns, but what they both have in common is that they’re both rejections of the political system as we see it. A few months ago, we were looking at another Bush vs. Clinton race. Now, there’s a very reasonable chance we could be looking at Trump vs. Sanders, which should rightfully terrify Washington.
Sanders is further left than any candidate in recent memory has been, and Trump is as far right as any of the other leading GOP candidates, although he talks just a bit louder. This is what the majority of the public wants. Liberals want more liberal, and conservatives want more conservative. They’re tired of politics as it is now, and know that Trump or Sanders is the only way to make that change happen.
Supporters of Trump praise him as the only candidate that speaks his mind, which they find to be a refreshing change of pace. The more insults he hurls, the more his poll numbers rise. People are so fed-up with liberal political correctness that they’re willing to take a leader who is inexperienced in leading a nation, simply because he isn’t afraid to say what he thinks.
This summer brought about another fascinating change to the political narrative in that millennials are now louder than they’ve ever been. This generation is coming out en masse for Bernie, or, at least, against Trump, which is nothing short of a political miracle. One of the biggest fears of the political science community is that millennials simply don’t care about politics. Maybe they feel let down by the Obama presidency, or maybe they really are as self-absorbed as everyone says they are, but all of that finally seems to be changing.
For the first time, in this election cycle, millennials outnumber baby boomers and have more potential than ever to decide this election. No matter what the result of the elections may be, the important takeaway is that millennials are actually campaigning on social media, and more importantly, registering to vote.
Let’s face it, Trump may win the primary, but he has no chance in the general election. Outside of the Republican party, he is vilified by everyone he’s insulted. If we have anything to thank Trump for, it’s for motivating millennials to get politically active. Thanks to Trump, maybe we can take our first steps to fixing our broken political system.
So, can anyone explain to me why a single citizen of the United States is tolerating Donald Trump’s attempt to extort the president? On October 24, Donald Trump released a video of himself clearly demanding his request and requirements: Continue reading “Trumping” the legal system→