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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the second presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the second presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at the second presidential debate

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With less than four weeks until the election, America faces a choice that will determine the future of our country for decades to come. There’s Donald Trump, a failed businessman with zero political experience, and Hillary Clinton, a seasoned politician with many years of experience in the federal government.

 

As you may remember in 2008 and 2012, nominees for both parties had held public office before – but this year, the Republican Party has nominated a New York real estate tycoon who has never served in the public sector. He’s now trailing his opponent in the polls and threatens to take down his party with him.

 

Trump continuously lies and openly denies proven truths. At the first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton claimed that “[Donald Trump] supported the invasion of Iraq,” to which he interrupted her with conviction, and exclaimed, “Wrong. Wrong.” However, when asked by Howard Stern on a radio show in the early 2000’s if he supported the Iraq War, Trump replied “Yeah…I guess so…”

 

Trump has in his rallies that “Obama is the founder of ISIS,” and that Hillary Clinton was the “co-founder”. Trump also asserted that Hillary Clinton started the ‘birther movement’—a racist tirade against President Obama, which claimed that he was not born in the US. In fact, Trump himself was one of the original leaders of this ‘birther movement’. Once again, Mr. Trump blatantly lied.

 

Hillary Clinton and her Vice Presidential running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, have both released many years worth of their personal tax returns, just like every other presidential candidate since Nixon. On the other hand, Trump has refused to release any of his tax returns.

 

The New York Times recently received a few pages of Trump’s 1995 tax returns, in which he reported a $916 million loss. Let me repeat that—nine hundred and sixteen million dollars. This reported loss is likely attributed to a series of failed financial ventures in the 1990’s – including a failed airline, multiple bankrupt casinos, and poor real estate decisions. This loss may have allowed Trump to legally avoid paying federal income tax for almost two decades. When confronted about this at the debate, he said that not paying taxes “makes me smart.”

 

This has led many to wonder what else Trump is hiding in his other unreleased tax returns – perhaps secret business dealings with Russia, evidence of other scandals, or maybe years of other financial train-wrecks that Trump doesn’t want voters to see.

 

Clinton has her own issues to contend with. She got off to a bumpy start with the scandal of her private email server when she was Secretary of State. Mr. Trump has also highlighted the issue of leaked Democratic Party emails showing that the DNC may have supported Clinton, and did not fairly support her opponent, Bernie Sanders. It’s true that trust is an important issue for Clinton, and she has apologized for her mistakes.

 

However, Trump’s mistakes far outweigh the political gaffes that Clinton has made. Trump’s blatant racism towards Latinos, Muslims, and African-Americans and his overbearing and often offensive personality has become annoying to voters. His recently uncovered crude and sexually explicit comments, admissions of sexual assault, as well as his fringe political views (such as enforcing punishments for women who receive abortions) would have disqualified him months ago in a normal election.

 

But this isn’t a normal election – Joe Paul (’18) called it “unconventional and unfortunate,” Parth Kotak (’17) called the election “unpredictable,” and Silas Hayes (’19) called the election just plain “crazy.”

 

Remember 2012, when debates were civilized, candidates focused most of their time on policies, and the biggest scandal was when Mitt Romney put his dog in a crate on the roof of his car? I miss those days

 

If you still need convincing, I’d like to remind you that Donald Trump actually mimicked and mocked a disabled news reporter. If he were at Maggie Walker, he would be immediately punished for bullying—and this man is running for president.

 

To the students of Maggie Walker and to all of America—when you head to your ballot box on November 8th, please keep this article in mind and remember that Hillary Clinton is the best choice for our country. When multiple national newspapers agree that Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency,’ that should be enough to change your mind.

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