The Appeal of Donald Trump

The Appeal of Donald Trump

With the election only days away, it is still hard to try and explain the appeal of Donald Trump.  No longer just a sideshow, his personality and politics have thrust him in the center of the spotlight that is American politics.  What is his appeal, why are his campaign stops heavily attended?  Let’s have a look at some of the reasons that launched Trump to the head of the Republican pack despite being such a divisive character.

He’s an Outsider

There is no doubt Americans are sick of the political establishment and there is no doubt that Donald Trump is an anti-establishment candidate.  The surge of the Tea Party movement on the right and the Occupy Movement on the left, that both started back in 2010 outline just how dissatisfied the average person is with both parties.  His popularity may have less to do with his personal charisma and more to do with the political climate in the country.

Simple Answers

When it comes to questions about fixing the economy, immigration, foreign policy or any of the complex issues that leave the US deeply divided, Trump responds with a simplistic issue.  It doesn’t seem to matter that Trump is wrong more often than he is right it doesn’t seem to affect his popularity.  Here are some examples, on the issue of illegal immigration, build a wall.  Need to combat Muslim extremism, track all Muslims in a database.  No matter how unrealistic the answer, it is simple and given with authority.

Racism and Immigration

Many of his supporters share his views on immigration and he’s hugely popular with those who use immigrants as a convenient scapegoat for the current economic woes.  No matter how much data there is to the contrary most Trump supporters believe immigrants weaken society.  Despite more than his fair share of racist remarks along with an endorsement from the KKK his support is still unwavering.  Here is a video of some of his more racist remarks.

He Speaks His Mind

This has been one of the most common remarks when people speak of Donald Trump, his fans admire him because “he speaks his mind”.  Trump makes statements that are factually incorrect and derogatory comments have come back to haunt him.  Despite all of that he has managed to shrug them off when they would have absolutely destroyed any other candidate.  Trump comes from the world of reality television and has used that experience to manage his presidential run and so far it has worked for him.

Trying to  explain to the world the appeal of Donald Trump still leaves many wondering how he made it this far.  Despite all the remarks, the litigation and the misogynistic comments, there is still a decent chance he could become President Trump.

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Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils

Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils

Each and every election cycle there are people who aren’t thrilled with either candidate put forth by the two political parties, and the debate begins as to whether you should consider a third party candidate.  Is it a moral stance or a wasted vote guaranteeing the worst of the two frontrunners wins?  With the election only a couple of days away it is time to answer that question and what voting for the lesser of two evils really means.

Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils

There hasn’t been an election in history with two candidates as incredibly unpopular as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  The idea of being told to vote for someone you find morally objectionable in order to minimize harm doesn’t sit well with many voters and understandably so.  Thus you are left with the moral dilemma of not wanting to endorse a candidate you believe to be morally corrupt, and voting for the lesser of two evils is still a vote for evil.

The Mud Slinging

American politics is unique around the world in its use of negative ads, scandal making and general mudslinging.  This election both candidates have had plenty to work with.   The Clinton campaign has been plagued by the email scandal for more than two years and with only two weeks before the election the FBI announces yet another investigation, only to retract the statement days before the election to say they will not be investigating.  Make no mistake that Donald Trump and the Republican Party jumped on the opportunity to claim there is yet more evidence of Hillary’s corruption.  He jumped at the chance to claim Hillary is a liar that should be in jail.

Yet, there is a saying about people and glass houses that applies.  The Trump campaign is no shining bastion of American moralism either and they have had their own scandals to apologize for.  From the moment he has announced his candidacy Trump has been loud, brash and anything but politically correct.  He has split the Republican Party more effectively than any Democrat ever could.  Republican leadership have failed to support him and many high profile Republicans, like the Bush Family have thrown their support behind Hillary.

Where Does that Leave You?

Yes there are third party candidates like Jill Stein or Gary Johnson but both sit with less than 5% support and there is some validity to the argument that this is throwing away your vote.

Regardless, someone will be elected on Tuesday and which ever candidate you end up supporting you need to get out and vote.

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