Opinion: Donald Trump makes the presidential campaign look like a joke

Megan Burnett

Pick your favorite four-letter word — your favorite vulgar, four-letter word. That is how I, and many other Americans, like to describe Donald Trump.

I have always thought Mr. Trump was a total tool, but the events of the past few weeks have further reinforced my feelings of disgust toward him.

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Late in November, Trump publicly mocked a reporter with a disability. The man has a condition called arthrogryposis, which limits joint flexibility and dexterity. Trump has also made comments about Charles Krauthammer, whose lower half is paralyzed due to a diving board accident sustained in his first year of medical school.

Another example of his prejudice is his recent “plan” to ban Muslims from entering the United States. His proposal that Muslims should be “screened” and “wear ID badges” mirror the same ideas that were enacted by Hitler preceding the Holocaust, and it is absolutely disgusting.

Not only is Trump the champion of insensitive comments, he is also the champion of outrageously inappropriate acts. Last week, an image popped up showing him signing a woman’s breast.

This is what American politics have become. The presidential campaign is a joke, largely in part because of Trump’s actions. This election cycle feels like I am in the movie “The Campaign,” starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

What’s even more upsetting is the continued public support he is receiving. His poll numbers continue to be pretty high compared to the other candidates, and I am still struggling to understand why. The GOP could crumble under his campaign, and we are likely going to have another presidential term with a democrat in office, according to Moody’s Analytics.

This is not what the Republican party is about. Trump makes a mockery of the GOP every day he continues to run his campaign. He is throwing off numbers by monopolizing all media attention, while many other excellent candidates stand in the shadow of his fortune and ostentatious personality. He is truly damaging the U.S.’s international image. A CNN columnist wrote in July how one Indian commentator called American politics a “farce” and a Colombian columnist called Trump a “lab rat.”

The United States has long been known for being the greatest democracy on Earth. Today, I am not so sure. We must be willing to elect a leader based on their platform, not shock value. Trump does not deserve any more media attention, nor to be even considered in the running for the GOP nominee. To really make America “great again,” we must turn to someone who actually has a core value system and a love for this country.

Collegian Columnist Megan Burnett can be reached at letters@collegian.com or on Twitter @megsbcollegian.