OPINION: Presidency bid or fishing for likes?


The race for presidency has become entertainment news.

And I, for one, have never been more proud to be Canadian. Although, I am starting to worry about our neighbours to the south.

Actually, I’ve been worried for quite a while. Now, I’m full blown concerned.

I’m concerned that Donald Trump is actually leading in certain polls. I’m concerned that this misogynistic, racist man is popular enough with the American people to possibly run their country.

But to be quite honest, I’m concerned as well that Hilary Clinton is the one running against him as well, since she isn’t that well liked. It seems her official status in the run for president is “the lesser of two evils.”

I’m going to let Mr. Trump speak for himself in a lot of cases with some of the worst quotes I’ve seen in a long time, let alone ones looking to lead a nation.

Let’s start with one that ties Trump into the world he’s used to: entertainment. These are words he has about a talk show host.

“If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I would look her in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’”

This man wants to be the President of the United States. He wants the POTUS title. In one statement, he called a woman fat, and ugly. Quite honestly, Trump’s poor opinion of O’Donnell is none of my concern. He’s entitled to feel anyway he wants about anyone, just like I am allowed to, as are you, reading this.

The problem is that he is using a national, and international platform of his campaign to voice these slanderous opinions. It’s taking away from what is important. And if I was an American, I would be disgusted that these stories are what’s getting the attention when so much needs to be fixed in the country.

His sexism runs throughout his involvement in reality TV, his ownership of the Miss Universe Pageant, and, oddly, and very creepily enough: his own family. Which brings me to my next Donald Trump quote.

“I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I would be dating her.”

That one, makes my stomach turn. With that one statement, Trump has proven that he not only devalues women he works with or sees in the media, he also has no respect for the women in his own family, and has placed all of Invaka’s worth in her looks. Which, if I can be shallow myself for a second, I’m glad came from her mother.

I’m wondering what it is about the man that they can just so blindly ignore the things that come out of his mouth. Women, race, religion, nothing is off limits. Republican or Democrat aside, we should all agree that a man that is so quick to “pop off” at the mouth, insult, and seemingly have no self control over his thoughts and actions should collectively represent one of the greatest nations in the world.

One of the most troubling, is how much Trump knows how much his supporters will take from him.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s, like, incredible.”

He can insult them and they still come back.

“We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.”

Heck, he’s even threatened violence on more than one occasion.

“I love the old days, you know? You know what I hate? There’s a guy totally disruptive, throwing punches, we’re not allowed punch back anymore. … I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell ya.”

He encourages others to be violent as well.

“There may be somebody with tomatoes in the audience. If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.”

What a great role model. I’m sure he’ll do a great job of making America great again.

But, according to Trump not even this editorial has a shred of weight to it.

“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

Class act, Trump. I’m so incredibly thankful I can’t give you my vote.


Abby Cameron