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On June 16th 2016, Donald J. Trump officially declared his pursuit for the highest office in the land. With a track record in the business world, from multi-million dollar real estate projects to a  popular reality TV show, Trump’s background would be a first for the White House. Trump frequently lacks a filter and his statements have come under fire by the media, Democrats, and Republicans alike. While there is no denying Trump could use a lesson in public speaking, Trump does not embody some of the outrageous and downright false labels that people have placed upon him. Here are some of the largest misconceptions about Trump that have been circulating this election season:

 

1. He’s racist.

Trump is not a racist.  His comments on illegal immigration and the temporary prevention of Muslim immigration from ISIS-infiltrated countries have been met with tremendous criticism. The “Donald Trump is a racist” card has been played far too many times by the anti-Trump media, so before you play the same card, understand that “illegal immigrant” is not a race and suggesting that the U.S. should temporarily prevent those from highly dangerous areas to enter our country due to the unlikelihood of properly vetting these people, is not racist. His word choice and blunt delivery is poor, but the notion is not racist. In fact, Trump has a colossal real estate project in Istanbul, a country with a 99% Muslim population. It’s very difficult to make such elaborate deals with people you dislike. Trump has also received endorsement from Muslim people, including businessman Farouk Shami. There is also nothing racist about desiring to strengthen U.S. immigration policy. We are a sovereign nation and have every right to secure our borders . According to reports from Breitbart News between 2008 and 2014, 40% of all murder convictions in Florida were criminal aliens. In New York it was 34% and in Arizona, 17.8%. Trump’s “Build a Wall” speech is not stemming from a place of emptiness. He has never declared war on the Mexican people, but rather encouraged legal immigration, and the influx of hardworking, moral people.

2. He’s sexist.

As much as Hillary would like to think so, Trump is not a sexist.  According to Michael Cohen, the General Counsel at the Trump Organization, “there are more female executives at the Trump Organization than there are male. And women who are similarly situated in positions similar to that of their male counterparts, are actually paid more.” Trump has made several comments towards women, some of which have been twisted by the media, but many of his widely criticized remarks do not prove him to be a sexist at all.  For example, his comments towards Rosie O’Donnell during the Republican Debate in August were part of ten-year feud between the two, which O’Donnell started in 2006. She accused Trump of having an affair, being bankrupt, and a “snake-oil salesman on Little House on the Prairie” on national TV.  Ladies, if you want to be treated “equally,” make sure you are prepared to take what you dish out. If you want to say something insulting to a man, it is not sexist if he responds with something insulting back. That’s called an argument, and using the “I’m a woman” card to win the argument is not every equal of you.

 

3. He’s a giant jerk.

Rejecting political correctness does not classify a person as a jerk. No, he does not sing This Land is Your Land at his rallies like Bernie—he is too busy bringing back the fiery energy and enthusiasm Americans have lost in recent years. Infographics and videos that have surfaced social media comparing Trump to Hitler because of the violence at his rallies. How could Trump be responsible for the violence of anti-Trump protesters? Videos on the Internet that showcase the violent protestors at Trump rallies have no affiliation with The Donald. The media will fail to show videos like this one in order to keep Trump’s evil image of political incorrectness prominent.

4. He is a failure.

Probably the most humorous misconception about Trump is that he is not successful at all, or at least not on his own. Common arguments include “He is only wealthy because of his father,” and “Trump is a failure with several bankruptcies and failed ventures!” While Trump did have a boost from his father, it is incredibly difficult to turn his “small loan” of one million dollars into four billion dollars. That is not the result of Trump’s familial situation, but his own diligence in the business world. Anti-Trump rhetoric usually encompasses statements about his bankruptcies. Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy. What he did file were Chapter 11 reorganizations of his businesses in the gaming industry. According to PolitiFact, Chapter 11 reorganizations are utilized to restructure businesses without shutting them down. Chapter 11 is not always the result of a failed business decisions. Sometimes businesses go bankrupt because of factors beyond their control, says Professor Adam Levitin at Georgetown University. Trump has used the legal code to make hard  businesses decisions. To say Trump is a failure because of his ventures such as Trumps Steaks is ludicrous. If Trump is considered to be a failure, I want to be a failure too.

 

5. He’s not a Republican.

Anti-Trump speech will always mention his past donations to the Clinton Foundation and his affiliation with the Democratic Party. In case we’ve forgotten, Trump is a business man. Donations, endorsements, and his public opinions are affected by deals, ventures and the associates he has dealt with. What matters primarily is the present. Prior to 1962, Ronald Reagan was a Democrat, too! The Republican establishment hates Trump, and it upsetting to see so many Republicans who refuse to support Trump if he receives the nomination. The Republican Party faces an intense obstacle as the party is driven farther apart. We do not need Republican against Republican because Trump’s views aren’t “conservative enough.”  Trump may come off as a bully, but maybe that’s exactly what Washington needs. Trump is an outspoken Republican and his views in the past should stay in the past. What counts is now.

Natalie P
FFL Contributor
Natalie is a student at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is happiest near the ocean and will always be up for watching a baseball game. When she's not defending the Constitution, you'll find her looking to make someone smile.