Donald Trump: Demagogue

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Donald J. Trump (source: Wikipedia)

Donald Trump: billionaire, playboy, philanthropist… well, two of these are true. He is a billionaire (his net worth is 4.5 billion dollars), and on to his third wife. Although Donald Trump has described himself as an “ardent philanthropist,” he has only donated $3.7 million to his own foundation (of which he is not even the main contributor). And now he’s running for president. “Make America Great Again” is Donald Trump’s campaign slogan for his 2015-2016 campaign for president of the United States. Hitler’s campaign slogan when he ran for German Chancellor was “Make Germany Great Again”. See any parallels? Hitler was the cause of 17 million deaths. Obviously Trump has not caused 17 million deaths, however, Trump is something to be afraid of as he is recycling much of Hitler’s platform and tricks to garner support from people fed up at their current situation.

Hitler blamed the Jews for Germany’s economic freefall after World War I. Trump blames unemployment and the country’s current economic depression on the immigrants that come into America searching for a better life. Once Hitler had established fear and hatred, he began to mark anyone he felt was inferior to his master race. This included gypsies, Jehovah’s witnesses, homosexuals, disabled people, Black people, and of course Jewish people. Trump has instilled a fear and hatred of immigrants and those holding a set of different beliefs than he does. Trump convinces people that Mexican immigrants are stealing jobs that are rightfully American’s. To combat this problem, he proposes to make Mexico build a big wall between our countries and send all the illegal immigrants back to the other side of the wall. This would break up families. People in America have been terrified of Islamic terrorists since 9/11 and thus a fear of most Muslims. Trump has proposed to put a halt on all Syrian refugees entering the country. He also wants all mosques in the country to be shut down and all Muslims forced to register so the government can monitor them to protect against possible terror attacks.

I’m not saying Donald Trump will, if elected president, kill or even do the same things that Hitler did. But if Trump is given executive power, there’s no saying what he will do.

The student who wrote this op-ed wishes to remain anonymous.

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