Why Can Trump Run For President Despite The Harm He’s Done?

By Alejandra Hernandez

 Trump announced he will be running for the presidential election in 2024. Even though there are signs that he won’t be winning this time since many of his Republican runner-ups lost in the midterm elections last month. And in addition, some of his followers have said the U.S. would be better run by another Republican representative instead. 

How can Trump be allowed to run for president again?

Trump running for president has to be the biggest shock for many people, especially after the Jan. 6 riot he caused. This is in addition to all the misinformation he often gave during his speeches and tweets. He also has many criminal investigations going on at the moment as well. 

There is one by the Justice Department for his declaration that Biden stole the 2020 election and for the misuse of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago, his Florida residence. The Washington Post said, “his company is also in the middle of a trial for criminal tax fraud and the New York attorney general filed a lawsuit that could freeze the company’s operations.”

Anyone in their right mind has to admit that Trump caused a lot of damage and encouraged outrageous behavior from many people. Most of all, he has shown that America is still very racist. This can be seen with the growth of the Proud Boys, a self-described “western chauvinist” men’s club that was established in 2016 by Gavin McInnes. They should be seen as a street gang due to the very violent methods and language they use to “express” themselves. And it is very questionable as to why they are not in gang databases. 

Could it be related to their skin color? 

“A 2006 FBI report found that some American police officers sympathize or even actively collaborate with far-right militias or white power groups,” which includes the Proud Boys, according to the Guardian.

Trump has praised their patriarchy and has encouraged them to keep on going with their actions. 

If the U.S. lets Trump run for president, it is telling its citizens that no matter if their past actions result in police officers’ injuries or even deaths, they will not be held accountable for their crimes. 

Furthermore, the U.S. is letting a racist person run the country once again, endangering many people’s lives. Not only did his lies make people get killed, harassed, discriminated against and bullied, but it also made many people distrust the media.

Our generation and those following behind have to ensure Trump or anyone similar to him stays out of office. He had a very out-of-date mindset. And it is shown by his slogan of “Make America Great Again.” 

Did he mean that America should go back to a period that only benefitted white people? Like during segregation, where black people and minorities were treated like they were some kind of aliens. So many of Trump’s ideals of America could be compared to Hitler’s Nazi Germany, of people with blond hair and blue eyes. 

Trump will destroy all of the advances America has made. Young people should start thinking about their future and even the future of their kids. College students have the opportunity to make a significant change. They can let their family members and friends, even their social media following, know about the importance of one vote. While many people say they don’t like being political.

I say it’s necessary to be political.

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