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With Donald Trump as the likely Republican
nominee for president, it's more important now than ever to not dismiss his words. Trump says things that
are mean and hurtful without considering the consequences of his statements or
the audience that will hear them. Here are several major reasons why he frightens me:
1. His America is not great.
Trump says he wants to make America great
again, yet what he means by that is never clarified. Because his comments fuel
certain members of our population in its hatred and sexism, I have to think
that the not-so-great America he refers to is one that denies non-white people
voting rights and access to the same protections under the law that white men
Trump's public comments about women are
rooted in disrespect, suggesting that women's bodies, even those of own
daughters, are the most valuable things they have to offer. A recent campaign
ad against him highlights many of his untoward remarks about women. On August
28, 2012, Trump tweeted that @ariannahuffington is both unattractive on the
inside and the outside. "I fully understand why her former husband left her for
a man – he made a good decision," said Trump. And his insults toward Rosie O'Donnell
make me feel that little boys everywhere will find this type of treatment of
women acceptable. What kind of role model is a leader who doesn't hesitate to
disparagingly comment on a woman's appearance?
3. He uses women in private.
paid his wife Ivana an annual salary of $1 to run the Trump Castle. He said his greatest regret was
allowing her to work out of
the home. A New
York Times article chronicles the many private and personal relationships Trump has had with women—while
there are those who defend him, he has shown a clear pattern of using women as showpieces.
4. He believes that abortion should be a
Donald Trump says he
believes "some form of punishment" should be meted out to women who have an abortion. Such blatant sexism
and such a clear failure to understand the dangers that so many women would face should abortion not
be legally available speaks to his complete unsuitability
to serve as the leader of this country.
Donald Trump doesn't have a real
grasp on what made America "great" in the first place. The vast majority
American citizens are either immigrants or the progeny of immigrants. Yet, his comments
about immigrants are painfully insulting. He has spoken the most flagrant lies
from Mexico, referring to them as rapists and defending his comments time and
time again. He has recommended barring the entry of all Muslims into the United
States, yet our Statue of Liberty says: "Send these, the homeless,
tempest-tossed, to me." He doesn't understand that our country is great because
it embraces those who are different and in need of a welcoming home.