Donald trump’s run for presidency 2016 has caused volatile circumstances throughout America and has created a tension between ethnicities and religions that have seemed to increase to the point of constant violence at his rallies.
It was in June 2015 when Trump announced his candidacy to become the president of The United States. Many Americans were not concerned or worried about his potential. However, since then to now, He has gained millions of supporters and is even causing international concerns amongst influential figures like David Cameron and the Pope.
Not even a month after his announcement, Trump was already making controversial policies. He declared that he would build a wall covering the America-Mexico Border to prevent Mexicans from entering the country and that that he’ll force Mexico to pay for the wall without question. The reasons behind his intentions were just as outrageous. He insisted that Mexico was sending immigrants that were not “their best” and were “rapists”. He attempted to soften his blow by “assuming” that some are good people. The fact that he assumes implies that he is not sure, that there aren’t definite good Mexicans.
If we look at America’s history, it is known for its appalling attitude towards racism and it’s clearly evident that there is an intense sentiment of discrimination and prejudice that still exists today; that is visible in the constant cases of police brutality and racial profiling. This also means that there is a large population of bigots that identify with Trump and his policies. These are the same people who argue that his points are honest and valid. Thus giving him power through their support.
On 11th March 2016, there was a planned rally set to occur in Chicago but it was called off due to safety concerns. This was a result of episodes where protesters were being attacked just for voicing their opinions. An example of this is a few days before when Rakeem Jones, a black individual, was elbowed aggressively in the head by 78-year-old republican, John Franklin McGraw during Trump’s tour in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The most surprising thing in all this is the fact that Rakeem was the one who was detained on the spot and this obviously did not go down well with many American citizens.
Back in Chicago, there were fights between objectors and supporters even before Trump got to stage. This ultimately led to an uproar in the area, resulting in arrests and police intervention. As expected, Trump claimed no responsibility, merely complained about how he was not able to proceed with his speech and had no concern for the public’s wellbeing.
According to a poll by Monmouth University, Republican voters in Florida said the scenes in the Chicago protests made them 22% more likely to vote for trump compared to the 11% who said that they’d be less likely to support him.
He’s unique compared to the other candidates, as he seems to feed off the anger that he receives and generates.
When asked if he was responsible for creating this atmosphere, he simply replied that he does not accept responsibility and that he does not condone violence in any shape yet he has been recorded numerous times giving the audience his blessing to attack protestors. In a rally on 1st Feb 2016 he stated, “if you see anyone ready to throw tomatoes,; knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously” And again, on 4th March 2016, he said “get him out, try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court”. This is a highly hypocritical thing to say and highlights his incompetence and lack of integrity to actually run a country.
Trump doesn’t want to cater to anyone but himself and that is evident in his narcissistic actions.
The concern as to whether Donald Trump may actually become president has increased since June 2015. Then again, since a few weeks ago, the outrage against Trump has risen to a level where it could seriously affect his chances. A lot of people are becoming aware that it is no longer time to sit and laugh at Donald, that time has gone, he is becoming a national threat to the progress that America has made in the last 50 years in terms of integration and acceptance.