The U.S. presidential race, still in its early stages, has grabbed people’s attention largely due to the fact that Donald John Trump is involved. And what initially seemed like a long shot has changed as polls show Donald Trump is currently the Republican front-runner to win the election in 2016. Would Donald Trump really make a good president?
He has become the focal point of the presidential campaign by saying outrageous and derogatory things about minorities, women and immigrants. He sometimes speaks without thinking and embarrasses himself on occasion. However there’s no denying Trump has done a good job of making himself rich and famous through his business (The Trump Organization) and his reality T.V show “The Apprentice,” – his net worth is about 4 billion USD. And with the U.S. Government currently trillions of dollars in debt, this is the sort of leader that might be able to fix the financial problems that the country faces. But is that it? What else does he have to offer as a potential president? He is a businessman. Is he a politician? Does he have what it takes to run a country?
It seems that he is trying to invoke the hidden racial / religious bias that might be rooted in the sub-conscious mind of America. Trump has now openly advocated banning Muslims from entering America. He controversially has said, “They’re not coming to this country.” He is blunt, and occasionally, his remarks can even be considered to be incredibly rude, racist, and brash.
Donald Trump is seen by many individuals of the international community as the type of leader who will deport every non-American back to “where they came from”. But is this view entirely correct? As Trump has stated, “we want people to come into our country, but they have to come in legally.” This statement goes to show that Donald Trump’s agenda is not to deport every non-American, but rather to remove all the illegal immigrants.
Some people also think Donald Trump will ruin the economy and destroy American-dependent countries. Tae Wuk Woo, a Korean student currently attending Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi says, “How can we not be afraid of the outcome of the US election when the United States, Wall Street in particular, has a grip on the world’s economy?” The US is a world power, and a major player in the global economy. Should the world be afraid of Trump?
The truth of the matter is that Trump does not hold such power and the world’s economy would not be held in the palm of his hands if he were to become president of the United States. Supporters of this particular candidate believe in his idea of making “America great again”, even though this is tied together with building a wall along the border between the US and Mexico. Is the building of this wall taking it a little too far?
Should internationals of non-American descent give any thought to the elections going on in the United States, knowing that Trump’s loyalty will only be to America and Americans. Making American great again will be good for American citizens, but what about countries that continue to be dependent on America and its foreign policy? Will there be any negative repercussions for the rest of the world? We can only hope that the future president – regardless of who is eventually sworn in – will not only concern himself (or herself) with American, but also will keep in mind America’s relationships with other countries too.