Is Donald Trump truly the campaign clown?

“[Illegal Mexican immigrants] are bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists… I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall,” “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” and “…it’s like take the New England Patriots and Tom Brady and have them play your high school football team. That’s the difference between China’s leaders and our leaders.” These are just a few of the inflammatory comments from Donald Trump that have been plastered across all types of media.

Donald Trump has been making a lot of TV appearances. This time, however, Trump wasn’t on the big screen to say “you’re fired” to yet another celebrity apprentice – he was there to make a new announcement: Donald Trump for President.

One of the many caricatures of Trump that have appeared in the media. Creative Commons license.
One of the many caricatures of Trump that has appeared in the media. Creative Commons license.

These “outrageous,” “ridiculous,” and “stupid” comments publicized by the media, coupled with Trump’s widely known reputation as a TV personality, led many voters to believe that the billionaire-turned-politician was in fact bound to be the Campaign Clown. However, weeks later, the “Clown” was leading in the GOP polls and is currently leading in the polls. U.S. News and World Report reported “… Donald Trump ahead of all the big name Democrats.” This begs a question – why?

“At first I thought he was a joke,” said senior Karan Mehra. “Then I read deeper into what he was saying and I thought, ‘Hey, this guy’s pretty good.’”

This may be the case for many voters who began to look past Trump’s initial unconventional approach to the campaign to discover some good points that were overshadowed in the process. For example, Donald Trump’s comments about illegal immigration brought attention to a larger issue: there are currently 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States. In border states like California, Arizona, and Texas, they make up about 10% of the work force and according to David Frum of The Atlantic, in 2011, 2.89 million offenses were committed by illegal immigrants. Since then, Frum reports, the number of immigrants who should have legally been deported but instead are released back onto American soil has only increased.

Donald Trump at his presidential announcement. Creative Commons license.

As for Trump being the “greatest jobs president,” his companies are responsible for creating close to 70,000 jobs. Patrick Brennan of the National Review stated that the leaders of China have created a cheaper market to manufacture a majority of products bought by American consumers, which in some people’s eyes, such as Trump’s, may be the fault of the current U.S. government’s expensive manufacturing policies.

Although packaged in a politically incorrect box – because, in the words of Trump, “It’s very boring to be politically correct. Don’t you think?” – his message is resonating with millions of supporters. Does this mean he will actually win the Republican nomination? Well, that depends. Is it accurate to even label him a true Republican?

Trump says a lot of things that can be considered almost anti-Republican. Recently, Trump has been recorded saying “I’m fine with affirmative action. We’ve lived with it for a long time, and I’ve lived with it for a long time.”

Affirmative action is a program that a vast majority of Republicans are opposed to. “As far as single payer,” a health care system paid for by the government, “it works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland. It could’ve worked in a different age…here.”

Single payer is yet another example of a program that many conservatives wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.

Whether or not Donald Trump really is the Campaign Clown, it is clear that he may still have a chance at becoming the next Republican president. What do you think?

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