An Evaluation of Donald Trump

by Carolyn Holan

Donald Trump is currently leading the Republican Party nomination race. He’s won Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia and had the most wins on Super Tuesday. For the past several elections, the winner of Super Tuesday came out as their party’s nominee, so although it may be scary to some, it’s likely Trump will end up being the Republican candidate. Obviously people are voting for Trump. My question is why.

During the beginning of the election last year, many people thought of Trump as a ‘joke’, and had confidence he would never be elected president. Many people, including myself, are now questioning whether or not that is accurate. Although Trump is bashed constantly over social media platforms, talk shows, and through the mouths of celebrities, people still seem to be voting for him. A segment on Tonight with John Oliver (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnpO_RTSNmQ) evaluates the reasoning of Trump’s supporters. He compares Trump to having a pet chimpanzee. “Sure, it seems fun, but someday Coco is going to tear your … limbs off.” Following are a few reasons why Trump supporters deem him an acceptable candidate, and why these reasons are not exactly accurate. Keep in mind that although I am negatively biased towards Trump, all of the facts in this article are completely true.

  • Many people say that they like Trump because he ‘tells it like it is’. I would agree that Trump is extremely blunt, but, does that mean what he’s saying is respectable or intelligent? He has said before that if his daughter were not his child, he would probably be dating her. Trump has also made fun of a reporter with a disability on national television, along with commenting on some of his opponents sweating or using the bathroom, which I am sure that Donald Trump does as well. Continuing with the theme of Trump’s public speaking abilities, he mentions that he is the most intelligent candidate because he has the ‘best words’. Not only is this ridiculous, it’s false. Surprisingly, this is not the only lie to come out of Trump’s mouth. Whether it’s on Twitter, or in an interview, Trump is prone to blatantly lying. Trump did a section on Fox News where he claimed: “I don’t lie.” Ironically, this statement is completely false. Trump’s logic on his honestly basically totals to insisting that since he’s rich, he tells the truth. This is yet another ridiculous claim made by Trump.
  • Trump’s other appeal to voters is that he’s a good businessman. However, in 1991 Trump was filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, basically meaning his business failed and he was in major debt. Trump then went on to claiming that he “never went bankrupt” which is another lie. Trump supporters also like that he is funding his own campaign. Although he claims (once again, a lie) that this is true, it’s technically not. He says he has spent around 20 or 25 million dollars of his own money on his campaign. Talk show host John Oliver points out that what Trump has actually done is loan himself money, which means he is able to regain with campaign funds. He has only given his campaign $250,000, which means that he has not, in fact, funded his own campaign.

“It is hard to get mad at Donald Trump for saying stupid things, in the same way you don’t get mad at a monkey when he throws poop at you at the zoo… What does get me angry is the ridiculous, disingenuous defending of the poop-throwing monkey.” – Jon Stewart