The Sun reports,“Police said at least 500 people swarmed on streets in and around UCLA, some shouting ‘f**k Trump’ and others chanting “Not my president!” It was even reported that people from downtown Portland were burning an American Flag.
Anti-Trump rallies were also happening in downtown Athens, GA. A UGA student stated: “I’m just here to stand up for who I am as a person just because Trump has degraded females, hispanics and immigrants and I fall into all three of those categories among many other categories of people that he’s degraded who I would like to stand up for,”
With all of these rallies happening, how will Trump use his “law and order” rhetoric to protect the police and stop them? Will he give more power to the police in such cases like these? It will be interesting to find out as time will tell.
Throughout the presidential election, Donald Trump has continued to use “law and order” as a tactic to achieve voters. He has uses this rhetoric mainly with the issue of police brutality but also has squeezed it into Hilary Clinton’s email scandal. Trump has continued to say that he will “Make America Safe Again” and that if elected president, he will have Hillary put in jail. Trump is channeling the law and order rhetoric into the viewer’s mind that if Hillary were to be elected, then America will not be safe and “put our national security at risk.
“The “October Surprise” was released last Friday stating that:
“FBI Director James Comey notified congressional leaders that the agency had discovered more emails as part of its probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email system. The emails were discovered as part of an investigation into former Congress member Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Abedin reportedly stored hundreds of thousands of emails on Weiner’s computer, which was seized by the FBI after Weiner allegedly sent illicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl.”
Trump certainty welcomed this information on his campaign trail and used it to his advantage. He recently displayed a nasty commercialsourcing from the FBI’s email announcement about “Crooked Hilary” which he refers to her as on Twitter.
Trump is now back on the FBI fan train because they are in favor of him and anti-Hillary. These emails have now created more controversy not only with Hillary but also with the FBI director, James Comey. Was it morally right for him to release this information just 11 days before the general election when it could have been a private matter? If the roles were reversed and information was released about Trump, he would be using “law and order” to say that the FBI is corrupt and out to get him but instead he gladly kept his mouth shut and used the information to his advantage.
According to a former FBI official, “There are lots of people who don’t think Trump is qualified, but also believe Clinton is corrupt…What you hear a lot is that it’s a bad choice, between an incompetent and a corrupt politician.” Has Trump done a good enough job at deflecting his unpredictable and unqualified persona onto the corrupt Hillary? Is this “October Surprise” enough to change last minute voter’s mind? We will see next week after the winner is revealed.
Throughout the election process, Trump has continued to return to the idea of bringing back law and order to gain support…but… is this style actually gaining support? Minorities tend to think not. In today’s society, minorities are a large percentage of voters and could potentially swing the outcome. Trump is in need of these voters and hasn’t done a great job at obtaining them especially in the law and order area by “bring back respect to the police.”
For example, the “Central Park 5” who were black and Latino men wrongfully imprisoned for brutally attacking and raping a 28- year-old women in Central Park, are voicing their opinion about Trump’s rhetoric of law and order. Yusef Salaam, a member of the Central Park 5, tells the Washington Post that they were “being deprived of food, drink, or sleep for more than 24 hours.” In 1989, Donald Trump spent “$85,000 on a full-page ad in four newspapers across the city of New York, which read ‘Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police,” and to this day he stands by his words. Salaam also writes, “Black people across America know that because of the color of our skin, we are guilty before proven innocent.” Since Trump stands by his claim, even though they were proven innocent, adds to the fact that Trump’s campaign is bias, racist, and shows that he is unable to admit he is wrong. His rhetoric of law and order is losing minority voters because of police brutality. Should violent punishment really be what America needs? Not to the minorities and they certainly won’t be voting for Trump.
The third and final presidential debate highlighted some key issues that each candidate feel strongly opposite about and one of them is abortion. Hilary Clinton clearly stated that she is in support of Roe vs. Wade and that if elected president, she will not overturn it. In regards to the 2007 vote, Clinton stated, “Roe v. Wade very clearly sets out that there can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account,” Clinton said. “And when I voted as a senator, I did not think that that was the case.”
Donald Trump thought other wise about Roe vs. Wade. It was very obvious and even stated that if elected president, he will be in support of the overturn of Roe vs Wade. Trump’s rhetoric of law and order comes into play because will be in favor of changing what is currently existing. He will appoint pro life justices in order to so. Trump’s stance on abortion can either help him or hurt when it comes to undecided women voters. One of his main jobs is to swing undecided women voters to his favor and did this election help do so? Trump stated:
“I think it’s terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying… in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby. Now, you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me. Because based on what she’s saying and based on where she’s going and where she’s been, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, on the final day. And that’s not acceptable.”
I think Trump finally got in touch with his feminine side and actually showed caring, genuine, emotion for once. Women who were pro life are now more susceptible to vote for him and women who were undecided that maybe didn’t have an opinion on this may now vote for him as well because of the emotion that he showed on this issue. Women now had something to connect with him about. This issue didn’t persuade all women but in my opinion, it did help with some.
Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump, made a very controversial comment during the second presidential debate on Sunday, October 8th. After Hilary Clinton stated that it was a good thing Trump is not in charge of the law. Trump’s response was, “Because you’d be in jail.” He said he would “instruct his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton’s use of private email server while she was secretary of state.” This shocking response weakens Trump’s chance of winning in two different ways. One, it gives another reason why middle aged women will not vote for him and two, if Trump is elected president, it questions if he will abuse his power.
Do we really want a president who will waste time on something that will not even matter after the election? Trump is said to have too big of an ego and because of this, it does not make him a good fit to be president. His comment only makes this argument stronger. After countless of investigations before and during the election and finding Clinton not guilty, what would be the point of Trump digging even more if he were elected? Jus to prove that he was right? The president has better things to attend to like, running the country, instead of looking into pasts that are irrelevant now. This comment only solidifies voters who are anti-Trump because of his ego and persuades undecided voters that he is not fit for the job because he is unstable and quick to make an irrational decision. Trump is just beating a dead horse with the emails and is not doing a very good job proving that Hilary is untruthful in other areas but he is doing a very good job in proving that he is unstable. The running is not looking good for good ole Donald Trump.
Donald Trump hit the ground running at the Republican National Convention playing off his slogan, “Make America Great Again,” to “Make Our Country Safe Again.” This new slogan then generates a question in the audience’s mind of when was America not safe, what happened, and when did it change? Yes there have been tragedies in Baton Rouge and Dallas but if you look back at history, crime and violence has been pretty steady throughout time. So if this is the case, then why is Trump making an outburst for “law and order?”
The answer is simple, even though crime is relatively low right now; Trump is channeling the issue of crime to represent other worries that the American people might have. He did not think of this tactic on his own, but rather channeling the tactics that Nixon has once used. Trump is reusing Nixon’s tactics similar to the “Silent Majority.” Silent majority is an unspecified large group of people in a country or group who do not express their public opinion. United States President Richard Nixon popularized the silent majority in 1969 speech when he stated, “And so tonight—to you the great silent majority of my fellow Americans—I ask for you support.” As Nixon was running for president, he was dealing with issues of anti-war protests, violent, and difficult social and cultures more. He channeled the issue of crime to represent these other worries that people might have. When Trump promises to make America “safe again,” he is using crime to represent other anxieties Americans have such as “immigration and pluralism, regional economic stagnation, and international unrest.” It will be hard to convince the American people of something that doesn’t particularly occur but only a business sales man can do the job.