Donald Trump is not a very nice person. The reason you will have seen him in the news recently is due to his frequent controversial comments which have been regarded as offensive and dangerous by many people (mostly because they are). And, rather scarily, there is a small possibility that he may be in the running for President of the United States next year.
Trump has a long history of being controversial and saying ridiculous, offensive and dangerous things in the public sphere – and he doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. Here is all you need to now about the man everyone’s talking about.
- Donald Trump is an American businessman, author, property tycoon, reality TV personality and billionaire who has put himself forward as a candidate to represent the Republican Party in next year’s presidential election, aka the biggest job in the world. He is campaigning against 12 other members of the party and hopes to represent them in next year’s elections. The campaigns which politicians lead in the United States are big business compared to the UK and many rely on donors to afford their travel and events expenses. On the subject of donors, Trump said: “I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”
- The businessman sparked worldwide outrage recently with the announcement that he wanted “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” The comment was made in response to a shooting in San Bernadino, California, where the suspects have been revealed to be radicalised individuals of the Muslim faith. Trump linked them to the terrorism network which calls itself Islamic State. His comment sparked an instant backlash because it generalises the whole religion of Islam, of which extremists are very much in the minority.
- This comment prompted the first minister of Scotland to retract Trump’s ambassador status as part of GlobalScot, an organisation which promotes global business. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Recent remarks show that he is no longer fit to be a business ambassador for Scotland.” His honorary degree in Business Administration from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen has also been revoked. In a statement, the university said: “In the course of the current US election campaign, Mr Trump has made a number of statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the university. The university has therefore decided to revoke its award of the honorary degree.”
- Trump has been compared to Hitler because of his racist comment. It doesn’t get much worse than that, does it? White supremacist website Stormfront had to upgrade its servers to handle traffic caused by Trump’s rise to power. The Ku Klux Klan have confirmed that in order to gain new recruits, they have used Trump’s policies to advertise the potential new leader of America. The Ku Klux Klan is a racist organisation established by people who believe white people are superior to all other races. They knowingly discriminate against black people, Roman Catholics, Jews and Mexicans. They’re not very nice people, basically.
- On the subject of immigration into the U.S, Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Following this comment, the major television broadcasting company NBC severed business ties with him, calling his remarks blatantly derogatory. The Professional Golf Association of America cancelled its Grand Slam at Trump’s course and retail giant Macy’s chose to remove his menswear collection from their stock.
Sadly for Donald, money can’t buy him admiration. His campaign title aims to “Make America Great Again” but his racist ideology is a far cry from promoting peace in a nation as multicultural as the US. Hundreds of thousands of British citizens have signed a petition calling for him to be banned from the UK, so here’s hoping the rest of the world follows suit.