The Role of Terrorism in the 2016 Presidential Election
Terrorism and national security are the number one issues for the 2016 presidential election, with terrorism being of most importance to the Republican Party. Terrorism has been on the forefront of America’s mind ever since 9/11, and the attacks that continue to occur on our land show how terrorism is a major concern for the voters. Which then of course ensures national security for the voters to be a major topic for this particular political campaign season. Ever since 9/11, America has been concerned with terrorist groups and attacks, strong national security, with the exception to freedom of privacy. With the rise of ISIS attacking their own and threatening others, the terrorist attacks in Paris, the increase of attacks in America like the Boston Marathon and the more recent shootings in San Bernardino, California, the issues of terrorism and national security could be what determines the outcome of this years Presidential election.
Due to the San Bernardino massive shooting that took 14 innocent lives, detectives wish to view content on one of the shooter’s, Syed Rizwan Farook, locked Apple iPhone 5c. Apple vs. FBI is now an ongoing court case where FBI wants the help of Apple to access the locked devices content because they believe there is significant evidence within the phone. Apple declined FBI’s overreached request because they believe this threatens the privacy of their costumers. Multiple public figures like Mark Cuban, Facebook, and Twitter support Apple’s decision noting this wouldn’t be a one-time request, and Apple is doing the right thing by protecting their consumers. However, GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump, who strongly supports national security, decided to use this issue as another outlet for ensuring the voters of the importance of national security. He offered his standpoint from his Twitter account posting a tweet (via iPhone) calling for a boycott of Apple products. Trump is rallying “security over all.” Would allowing the FBI access to Apple’s (or any other company) costumer’s locked phone, based on the idea the phone’s content could assist in a investigation, be considered an invasion of privacy to the voters?
Houston GOP Debate
The Republican GOP Debate in Houston last Thursday barely covered policy issues of terrorism or national security. Instead of debating each others standpoints, Rubio took the stage this time and attacked Trump religiously leaving zero room for the other candidates to leave an impression.
Republican forefront candidate Donald Trump has bluntly and aggressively engraved his view on war on terror, terrorism, and national security within the voters and the polls are showing so. Regardless of how he performs in a debate, his supporters have not swayed. The Republican Party needs to take into consideration Donald Trump is their only future (for a Republican President to win) because of his strong standpoints on policies like terrorism and national security that continue to lead to more supporters.
The No. 1 Issue
Terrorism is the number one issue among Republican voters this election, especially after the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California.
Republicans Focus on Terrorism
During last Saturday’s Republican debate in Greenville, South Carolina, terrorism was one of the issues discussed and most likely the most memorable. Donald Trump didn’t just debate the tactics he would conduct as the newly elected president on the issue on terrorism. Trump took it to a completely different and very inappropriate level by blatantly blaming Jeb Bush’s brother and our Nation’s former President George W. Bush for the events of 9/11. Trump was simply out of control. He blamed the former president three times for 9/11 and the audience booed loudly. Trump attempted to personalize this unjust accusation by noting how many friends he lost that day and appealing to the public. Jeb Bush recanted by asking Trump to leave his family out of the debate.
Moving Forward: Does this Change the Dynamic?
Terrorism has been on the forefront of America’s mind ever since 9/11, and the attacks that continue to occur on our land show how it is a major concern for the voters. National security is a prominent issue that goes hand in hand with terrorism, with the idea that an increase in national security permits a decrease in attacks on our soil and people. The Republican candidates have established their standings on the issue of terrorism. However, some need to focus more on how they will handle the issue of terrorism in political debates rather than pointing blame at other candidates. Was this repetitive statement political suicide? Probably not for Trump, since this behavior and rhetorical tactics continue to trump everyone.
After New Jersey’s Governor, Chris Christie, came out of the Iowa primary with a two percent win at 10th place for the Republican demographics, Christie fought hard in New Hampshire for more support from the voters. Chris Christie even had the most stops in New Hampshire than any other candidate in the race. Following the Iowa caucus, Christie changed his campaign strategy a little by targeting other candidates and especially Florida’s Governor, Marco Rubio. By targeting Rubio, Christie proved his bullying nature, but also caused Rubio to stumble a couple times in the Republican debate last week.
However, regardless of his aggressive tactics to win over New Hampshire, Chris Christie landed in 6th place winning a little over 7 percent of the vote with no delegates. Following this loss in New Hampshire, Christie stated he was going home to New Jersey to take a breath and reevaluate his proceedings. As of Wednesday afternoon this week, Christie drops out of the race for the White House and posts a status on Facebook stating, “While running for president, I tried to reinforce what I have always believed: that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation. That message was heard by and stood for by a lot of people, but just not enough, and that’s O.K…And so today, I leave the race without an ounce of regret. I’m so proud of the campaign we ran, the people that ran it with me and all those who gave us their support and confidence along the way.”
After the way Christie handled the recovery effort of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Christie was viewed as a national celebrity, urged by followers to run for presidency and projected to be a top candidate. However, turns out Christie entered the race for the White House as an underdog and it gave him a run for his money.
The results from the Iowa caucus show New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie winning between 1.8%-2% of the vote. Following the caucus results, Christie brushes his 2 percent finish in Iowa off as what he expected. Not only did he down play his loss, but he seemed to derail populations attention by bad mouthing other candidates. Christie especially publicly tears into Florida Senator Marco Rubio when referring to him as “the boy in the bubble” who couldn’t handle tough questions. In doing this, Christie is calling Rubio sheltered and weak. This is not the first time Christie has talked poorly about another candidate and in doing so he further pushes his main idea that America needs a tough guy that says it how it is. Christie Christie has built up a reputation as the “New Jersey bully” and I’m not really sure if America will positively respond to more of his criticism. Despite the polls already showing Christie at a loss, his campaigning tactics if not altered will not even be strong enough to over power Rand Paul voters (who graciously just dropped out of the race).