On June 16, 2015, Donald J. Trump announced his bid for the presidency of the United States. The business mogul’s candidacy has engendered what can only be described as a hostile takeover of the Republican Party.
Trump’s comments are narcissistic, insensitive to those with special needs and demonstrative of the GOP front-runner’s inability to display an inkling of intellectual curiosity in foreign affairs, and they cannot be ignored. College Republicans: let’s make the Republican Party great again. Let’s dump Trump!
A successful presidency mandates distinct characteristics — one of which is humility. Presidential candidates, both Republican and Democrat, are by nature, ,successful. Being commander in chief demands an impressive resume.
Yet, only one candidate craves constant reassurance of his greatness. Recently Trump stated, “I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political directors.”
The Republican Party deserves more than a carnival barker spewing braggadocios rhetoric. Republicans require a leader willing to challenge themselves and ask engaging questions, not a candidate blindly beating his chest, proclaiming supremacy on issues that he in reality knows little about. Unfortunately for sensible Republicans, Trump’s outspokenness only worsens.
Trump’s ability to insult others, especially those in oppressed and disadvantaged groups, appears to know no bound. Trump, after bowling with voters on the campaign trail, is quoted as saying, “No, no. I have been practicing … I bowled a 129. It’s like — it was like Special Olympics, or something.”
Those who disparage people with special needs should never lead a political party let alone head the government. Republicans must reject Trump’s harmful rhetoric because it no longer can simply be classified as offensive speech, but rather speech that incites actual violence.
Protesters threatening to block highways and demanding that Trump’s voice be silenced via heckler’s veto undoubtedly earn some share of blame for their actions.
However, Trump’s undeniably violent rhetoric is unbecoming of the party of Lincoln.
Fired up at a rally, Trump cheered, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Such statements, even when said in a joking manner, create an atmosphere where resolutions are most likely to be resolved with aggressive means.
Trump’s oratory and its ability to influence protestors and supporters must be disavowed. Republicans should not support a candidate inflaming the worst elements of the American voter.
The world is on fire, and the GOP needs a standard barrier who can extinguish the flames.
As civil war rages in Syria, Vladimir Putin expands his sphere of influence in Eastern Europe and as the newly enriched Iranians launch ballistic missiles, Trump likens foreign policy to a real estate deal. After declaring his administration would renegotiate our relationship with Europe through NATO, Trump gaffed, “There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing.”
There is no such thing as Austrian. Austrians speak German. If Trump doesn’t know basic facts about Europe, how can we expect him to adequately size up threats in parts of the world that few Americans know exist?
These are serious times, and we need a leader with serious foreign policy credentials and the proper temperate to win this November.
Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Paul Ryan must represent the Republican Party on Election Day. These statesmen have demonstrated the proper tone and inquisitiveness to be our commander in chief. College Republicans, we are better than this. It is time to dump Trump.