Trump 2016: We Shall Overcomb

Before I begin, I would like to say that I have tried to maintain as unemotional as possible on a topic that I feel very strongly about. I believe that as much as we focus on Donald Trump and his unforeseen rise to the top of the Republican Party, we should focus on America as a whole. What does it say about us that we have this racist, sexist, bigoted man rising in the polls? Aren’t we supposed to be such an advanced society that is against racism, will fight against sexism and will be understanding of others’ views? Apparently  Trump didn’t “get the memo”. During a recent speech, he stated, “You know what I hate? There’s a guy totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed to punch back anymore, Trump said as security escorted the protester out. “I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks.” In another speech he stated, “”I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you that”. In November, a black activist was attacked by Trump supporters after interrupting a Trump rally in Alabama. A video surfaced to show white rally attendees kicking and punching him after he fell to the ground. The next day Trump went on Fox News saying that”Maybe he should have been roughed up, because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,”… “I have a lot of fans, and they were not happy about it. And this was a very obnoxious guy who was a trouble-maker who was looking to make trouble.” Now how does that make any sense? I’ll tell you how it makes sense. There is an activist speaking up for his rights and as a result, he has been persecuted and victimized by a mob of angry Trump supporters. These people may have been acting with consensus that was spread throughout the group or maybe it was because their leader had said over and over about how he wished he could “punch him in the face” or have them “carried out on a stretcher”. Another brief statement he has made was that “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” In a society like the one that we live in today, there is no room for bigotry. Regardless of how much people wish to admit this, we all live in a society that is based upon a moral economy. A moral economy is a society with interactions that are based upon goodness, fairness, and justness. Everything that Donald J. Trump stands for is against these 3 important aspects of our society. These past brief statements I have included illustrate a picture that has Trump being unfair and unjust to people who have different opinions than him and are acting on them and making a mockery of the electorate/public by saying that he could commit murder and he would still be leading the Republican Party. Trump is not allowing our society to continue to act within the constraints of the moral economy.


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