OK Fine, Let’s Talk about Donald Trump

by Isabel Braverman

Everyone knows who Donald Trump is and everyone knows he is running for president. Alright, great, moving on. Ok fine, let’s talk about Donald Trump. More specifically, the Donald Trump that has been in the news lately. After announcing his run for candidacy, he’s already made stupid comments. First there was his racist remark about Mexico, saying, “[Mexico] are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.” This caused an uproar especially, understandably, among the Hispanic population. According to a poll, 61% of Latinos have a “very negative” view of Mr. Trump. Oops! Now, he will take to the battle field (er, I mean Fox News) to debate with 9 other Republican candidates. The big news (and also surprise) is that currently Trump is polling at the lead.

The First Republican Debate

Thursday night will be the first GOP debate of the election season. Ten Republicans in the running will debate each other on Fox News at 9PM. The candidates are: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich. CNN reports, “In an unusual move backed by the Republican National Committee, Fox decided to rely on national polling data to split the group of contenders in what might have otherwise turned into an unwieldy event.”  This left out popular options like Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore.

Donald Trump will likely be the center of the debate Thursday night, and all eyes and ears will be on him. What will he say? Will he say something stupid again? What are his policy issues? According to the New York Times, his game plan is to basically not take a stand on issues; his campaign website doesn’t even have an issues section. Is he going to wing it? Probably.

What I keep hearing people (and by people I mean my Fox-News watching Conservative co-workers) say is “If Donald Trump wins, I can’t wait until he gets to Washington and tells everyone ‘You’re fired.'” Umm, ok. There are a lot of things wrong with this statement. But mostly, do you really think Trump is going to “fire” these billion dollar corporations that have helped him succeed? No! He’s going to only make them stronger as he “fires” the little guys that actually help the American people, not billionaires.

All I can say is, I’m really shocked that Trump is leading the polls right now. I can only hope this is just a big joke.