By David Villegas, Contributing Reporter
The GOP has stumbled upon a unique situation this election. Donald Trump, who reportedly has a net worth of 4.5 billion USD, has become the Republican candidate for U.S. president despite having no experience in politics. His campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” brings back terrible memories of marginalized groups and how they were once treated in a nation that has barely done enough to protect their civil rights.
In the Washington Post-ABC News poll for September 5-8 2016, Clinton leads Trump in all non-white voters 75 to 13 percent respectively while Trump leads Clinton in white voters 50 to 36 percent. However, it is worth noting that Clinton has a stronger lead when factoring in registered voters in comparison to likely voters.
First of all, the theme of Trump’s campaign and how he made it to the presidential ticket are completely different from what we have seen before.
Andrew Malcolm’s editorial on Mcclatchydc.com, “Here’s how to wreck the Republican Party,” gives us a basic explanation of how a famous corporate mogul can boost his egoist statements and have the chance of becoming president in a Republican party that is full of officials that are narrow-minded on issues like immigration terrorism and other related issues.
Put simply, it is disheartening for people of color to hear accusations from the Republican nominee that “Mexicans are rapists and criminals” in addition to promising a permanent ban on Muslims from entering the country. Though he has made statements accusing Democrats of limiting the economic opportunities for people of color, his message still only really applies to rural folk who do not like that our nation is changing.
On NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Domenico Montanaro and Michel Martin discuss that even though Trump’s campaign is now reaching out to voters of color, the real outcome would be to indirectly reach out to educated white women and men who prefer the Democrats and tend to live in suburban areas. They explain how whites with college degrees have not voted for the Democrats since 1976. And in a NBC and Wall Street Journal poll, the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, is winning white women voters by 20 points compared to Trump.
Election day is closing in. The slogan is just one sign of Donald Trump and his party gaining momentum in this election. It is the duty of all of us to participate in this election.