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After two terms of Barack Obama’s presidency, the country expects the new leader to not only bring some fresh air to American domestic and foreign policy, but also to solve a number of problems that have accumulated during the past eight years. Without speculating how efficient Obama was as a president, as well as leaving aside the comparisons between the two major candidates—Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—it still must be said that the latter is probably the worst choice for president this election season. There is a number of reasons underlying this statement.
Donald Trump is, first of all, a businessman, not a politician. Perhaps this can explain the fact that he cannot boast of well thought-out policies: he has been criticized for being unable to come up with any kind of substantive policy. Probably trying to fix this, Trump proclaimed building a huge wall on the border between the United States and Mexico to be one of his major political goals. Apart from this proposal being chauvinistic, it would not only leave the problem of illegal immigration unsolved, but would also be insanely expensive and impractical in many other ways. Trump’s idea to make the Mexican government pay for this wall sounds even more spontaneous and naive (Goliath). And this is, by the way, the second reason why it is difficult to trust a candidate such as Trump: he rarely supports his rhetoric and/or ideas with something more substantial than just words. When criticizing the Obamacare program, Trump could not suggest anything better than “something terrific.” No specific plans, no comprehensive analysis has been proposed for American society: only populist rhetoric aimed at those radically-thinking Americans who prefer to vote for slogans, not for the actual future. “Mass deportation,” as Trump suggests, will hardly solve any of America’s current problems, but will most likely increase their number.
As it has been noted, many radical people support Trump for his attitude towards immigrants (in particular, against Mexicans and Muslims), and his rhetoric against them. If Trump wins the elections, it is unlikely he will be able to effectively bring his anti-immigrant plans to life. According to the American Action Forum, a right-wing institute based in Washington D.C., if the current immigration laws are modified in the way Trump proposes, it will cost the United States government up to $600 billion, and reduces the GDP by $1.6 trillion. Besides, in this case, the number of workers (many of them being immigrants) would decrease by 11 million people. This is not to mention that making such anti-immigrant policy work would take up to 20 years. Doug Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, believes that “It will harm the U.S. economy. Immigration is an enormous source of economic vitality” (The Street). As it can be seen, supporting Trump’s ideas is not just harmful, but also anti-patriotic—so American patriots should stand against Trump’s place as president.
Those people believing Trump would become an effective manager for the United States because he is a wealthy person and a businessman should consider the fact that Donald Trump inherited his wealth from his father, not fully earning it himself. His popularity and the status of celebrity seem to be earning him more money than his business acumen, and there have been numerous cases when he filed for bankruptcy. This means that he had made multiple decisions that were wrong and harmful for his business. Can a country such as the United States afford such a person being its president? It is unlikely. Besides, Donald Trump is (or at least seems to be) a rather ignorant person, being interested only in promoting himself and, to the extent defined by his political ambitions, the United States. What lies beyond its borders remains a mystery to this candidate, judging from scandalous and gullible comments he made about other nations, which is definitely unacceptable for a future president, whose competence and responsibility should stretch out to the whole world. Being a president requires knowledge and understanding of global processes, foreign relations, and diplomacy. None of these applies to Donald Trump’s candidacy (Goliath). Extrapolating this fact to Trump’s history of bankruptcies, it is not difficult to assume the mistakes he will make while occupying the Oval Office, and the horrible consequences of these mistakes.
Donald Trump is surprisingly popular among Americans, which is disturbing, considering his obvious incompetence in everything related to governance, foreign relations, and economics. The scandalous proclamations and grandiose plans he makes are neither supported by common sense, nor by any substantial reasons, plans, or programs. Being more a celebrity rather than an effective businessman/manager, Trump will hardly be a good president for the United States, and thus should not be supported during the current presidential election campaign.
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