Is Donald Trump too Controversial for Election 2016?

According to a CNN poll on June 18 to 24 in the first primary state of New Hampshire, after declaring his candidacy on June 16, Donald Trump is close behind Jeb Bush (15%) at 11% when it comes to whom the Republican primary voters would pick as their nominee if the election were that day.

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Interestingly enough, Trump is also the candidate with the highest number of votes from those who would not vote for him under any circumstances, with 23%, compared to Jeb Bush and Chris Christie’s 10%.

That is just an example of the discussions and debates that have come up ever since Trump officially declared his intent to pursue the highest Executive office in the nation.

Background and Early Life

Donald Trump was born on June 14, 1946. Trump graduated secondary education from the New York Military Academy, where he excelled in both academic and the athletic fields. Trump graduated from the Wharton School of Business with a B.A. in economics.

It might be said that real estate was a natural choice for Trump to plan his career in, since his father was in that industry. But according to Trump:

“It’s tangible, it’s solid, it’s beautiful. It’s artistic, from my standpoint, and I just love real estate.”

To look at Trump’s Real Estate Portfolio, seeing all the buildings and estates together, complete with golf links, it feels like he’s built the equivalent of a small city. And it doesn’t just include buildings that The Trump Organization owns, but also buildings holding licenses to use his name and public image to market their real estate. Some of his more famous past properties include the Empire State Building and the Plaza Hotel.

If Donald Trump is to be elected as Republican nominee for the upcoming 2016 presidential elections, then his policy platform goes hand in hand with whatever people already know about him. Trump’s policy stands are clearly laid out, so it makes it easier for voters to study them.

Immigration

Immigration has already been pinpointed as an issue that is sure to come out during the 2016 presidential elections,  especially in swing states. Donald Trump has come prepared for that issue.

“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with [them]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. […] It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably–probably–from the Middle East.”

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.”

These are the two quotes from the speech declaring his candidacy that have made controversy enough for both Univision and NBC Universal to step down as broadcasting partners for the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants. Mexico, at the same time, has withdrawn from the Miss Universe beauty pageant.

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On the other hand, fellow Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says of Donald Trump’s stand on immigration that there is no need for Trump to apologize for anything that he said on immigration. Author Ann Coulter publicly agrees with Donald Trump, saying:

“Immigration is a government policy like any other and it ought to be used to benefit the people already living here.”

The CNN poll in New Hampshire shows that 13% of the Republican primary voters think that Donald Trump is the best candidate to deal with illegal immigration. He is second to Rick Perry (16%) and level with Jeb Bush (13%).

Foreign Policy

Trump clearly outlines the nations that he believes the U.S. should cut ties with, which bonds should be strengthened, and why. There are two cornerstones to his foreign policy:  job creation; and military strength.

Donald Trump points out that because of cheaper labor and devalued currency, China and Japan are more economically competent in international export and trade. Trump considers this the reason that there are less jobs in the U.S.

Basically, Trump wants to dissolve the Trans-Pacific Partnership with China and Japan, giving the U.S. Federal Government more say over trade relations with those nations. He is also an advocate of “re-shoring” offshore manufacturing branches of American-owned companies to facilitate job creation. Trump says:

“I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. […] I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I’ll bring back our jobs, and I’ll bring back our money.”

The CNN poll shows that there is a lot of support for Donald Trump on this issue. For the Republican primary voters, 27% believe that Trump is the best presidential candidate so far to handle international trade policy. He ranks the highest, Jeb Bush following with 14%.

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In terms of military strength, Trump advocates military protection of Israel against Iran, supporting strong U.S.-Israel relations. He also advocates military intervention against the ISIS, and the follow-up extraction of oil as repayment for war damages. According to Trump:

“Within our military, I will find the General Patton or I will find General MacArthur, I will find the right guy. I will find the guy that’s going to take that military and make it really work. Nobody, nobody will be pushing us around.”

Looking at the CNN poll, however, Republican primary voters still think that Jeb Bush is the most fit candidate to handle terrorism (15%), but Donald Trump finishes second to him with 10%.

At the End of the Day: Donald Trump 2016?

The controversies are just beginning–and they are, frankly, inevitable when it comes to the blunt and straightforward tongue of this presidential candidate. The real question is, studying his policy stands, is this the kind of person who needs to be President of the United States at this time?

 

About the author

Esther has a B.A. in Humanities and an M.A. in Political Economy. When she's not writing, she enjoys playing Sequence with her family, training in Aikido, and curling up with coffee and a good book.