By Abbas Ramadani
As we’re nearing the primaries, news stations focus their attention on the presidential nominees and their respective campaign platforms. Amidst frequent interviews and debates, Americans have begun to form solid opinions about who should be the next leader of our country. However, this presidential campaign has been noticeably different from all the others; it has been ridiculed with constant, childish antics and bigotry coming from the GOP candidates.
The most notorious candidate is the multi-billionaire business man Donald Trump. Aiming to become the Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential Election, his campaigning has drawn strong media attention with Trump making the headlines many times in relation to his constant racist, sexist, and offensive remarks aimed at different factions and individuals.
Trump’s bigotry began after his announcement speech in which he labeled Mexican immigrants as rapists, drug dealers, and criminals. The insensitive remark was so disgusting, that it was followed by an appropriate amount of outrage. Trump, however, claims that he was not labeling all Mexicans, and stated that “Some [Mexicans], I assume, are good people.”
The fact is that most immigrants come from their native countries in search of a better life. Every immigrant worker that I have met through my father’s job, Mexican or not, legal or illegal, has come to America solely to provide their children with the invaluable resources that the nation offers. Most illegal immigrants would actually love to become documented and pay taxes to a country they see as the haven of opportunities, but Trump’s derogatory remarks diminish the reputations of these diligent immigrants who contribute to America’s economy.
Trump has even gone further in his crusade against Mexicans and Latino-Americans by criticizing former Floridian governor, Jeb Bush, for speaking Spanish in his campaign. He claimed the U.S. “…is a nation where we speak English, not Spanish,” and so Jeb Bush should not reply to questions in Spanish. What Trump fails to realize is that the nation was built with immigrants of all nations as its foundation. To claim that people should not speak Spanish or any foreign language in order to cultivate assimilation is infuriating considering that America is a country that takes pride in its diversity.
These instances of sheer ignorance are a few of many. Along with his conservative constituents over at Fox News, Trump has constantly made stereotypical remarks without factual backings. He claims that he is only being misunderstood, but that seems unlikely considering his track record so far. In an era of progressive change and acceptance, Donald Trump remains behind with his staunch, conservative beliefs.