Why Donald Trump is NOT My President


Source: New York Media

Clara Gomes

You’ve seen and heard so many people complaining about Donald Trump since he won the presidential election in 2016. What I’m about to say is nothing many probably don’t know or haven’t pondered, it is simply a response to all of those who believe in Trump’s horrible presidential tactics. Many people would agree with me that those who often support him have illegitimate and weak arguments on his behalf. Many of us have had enough of it when the only arguments Trump supporters had to share were about the Hillary’s emails. What so many of us believe is clear, and we have evidence: Donald Trump is racist, misogynistic, and incredibly unfit for office. There are many reasons as to why a lot of us don’t consider him worthy of the presidency:

Trump is an obvious racist. The way he has spoken about minorities in the past is disrespectful and wrong. His racism can be observed, for one, in his 1991 book “Trumped!” in which he tells John R. O’Donnell “I have black guys counting my money. … I hate it.” His next statement confirms that there is definitely a discrimination involved: “The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day.”

One of the more eye-opening statements made by the 45th president was made on June 16th, 2016 from the Trump Tower in Manhattan when kicking off his campaign. In his speech, Trump touches on immigration and makes very bold statements like: “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.” A president should be willing to accept diversity and refrain from making hateful generalizations about certain populations.

SWHS senior Marcus Rodriguez also has a strong opinion on this issue: “He’s racist and throws stereotypes under the bus but doesn’t want to ever accept the fact that non-minority citizens cause more trauma and terrorist attacks in the United States. He’s a liar and only cares about his business and he has absolutely no professionalism or morals whatsoever. Nor does he respect anyone who may not agree with him.”

I, along with so many others, both men and women, find it disturbing that this man has been recorded talking about woman in degrading ways and still has support from so many people. The way Trump has spoken about his ex wife is not the way somebody who leads our country should speak about women. In his September 1990 Vanity Fair article, he states this about Ivana: “When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!— there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left.” He talks about women not as individuals who are capable of being in authoritative and respectful positions, but as sexual objects. Not only should he be more sensitive about how he sounds to the ears of millions of Americans when he speaks about women, he should be mindful about those who have also gone through divorces and family issues without the kind of financial security and support that he has.

But this is not the only misogynistic thing that the president has said. During the first presidential debate that Trump was attending, Megyn Kelly had mentioned his past remarks about Rosie O’Donnell. To “Entertainment Tonight” in 2006, he stated that “Rosie O’Donnell’s disgusting. I mean, both inside and out. You take a look at her, she’s a slob.” The things he says about people’s appearances are disgraceful. When looking into political candidates that I want to support, pessimism and judgement of other people’s appearances, or thing about themselves that are out of control, are nowhere to be found on my list. I should also mention that the man who calls himself the president in my country today has been allegedly found with prostitutes and has made alliances with dangerous people.

Another level of his unprofessionalism should also be discussed before I conclude my argument: Donald Trump can’t even spell-check what he sends out on social media for millions of people to see. If the president doesn’t even have the motivation to go back and re-read the possibly controversial things he writes, what kind of example does that set out for people who are young and may want to pursue an important career when they are older? Via social media on January 31st, 2016, he tweeted out:

“Ted Cruz is totally unelectable, if he even gets to run (born in Canada). Will loose big to Hillary. Polls show I beat Hillary easily! WIN!”

Not only does he not know how to spell the word “lose,” but he is also egotistic and childish in his approach to show how much support he has received so far in his campaign. A president would be mature enough to acknowledge the success of another and then boost more support for himself without insulting and disrespecting others. Trump is self-centered.

He has also tweeted out things like “It should be noted that the Fake News constantly likes to pore over my tweets looking for a mistake” in which he misspells simple words like “pour”.

“Donald Trump is unprofessional and a poor leader,” says SWHS senior Luke Hebert. “He doesn’t have the background that would allow him to be able to connect with the population and he’s close-minded.”

After having discussed this with multiple others before, people would agree when I say that he is embarrassing. It’s embarrassing that he represents my country that way when there are so many people with ideas that aren’t so ignorant like his are. It is an embarrassing thing to tell my family who lives in Europe and in South America about what this so-called “president” is doing. There are so many Americans who are open to welcoming new people into the country regardless of their ethnicities or cultural values. There are so many here who see what is wrong with his disgusting way of communicating his own hostilities towards people. In short, he does not represent a majority of Americans whose ballots went to support the popular vote for Hillary Clinton or who chose not to vote at all.

Junior Franceska Rivera also believes that the foundation of Trump’s leadership is stupidity: “I feel like he shouldn’t be president. He does a lot of stupid things and doesn’t do the things that he needs to do. I don’t get the whole building-a-wall-around-Mexico thing it’s dumb.”

It’s sad that now we have a president who has been roasted on Comedy Central, is made fun of weekly for the inconsiderate things he says on Saturday Night Live, and goes golfing when he should be out supporting people who have been seriously impacted by hurricanes. Donald Trump is not and never will be my president.