The Iowa caucus has completed and the prominent front runners have been picked. Raphael (Ted) Cruz came in first with 27.6% of the vote, Donald Trump came in second with 24.3% of the vote and Marco Rubio came in third with 23.1% of the vote. The remaining Republican candidates received less then 10% of the vote. This series of posts will cover the top 3 candidates. I started with Ted Cruz. Now it is time to move on to the Iowa Caucus second place winner, Donald Trump.
Donald Trump told reporters after a rally in Greenville, SC, “I will take care of women’s health and women’s health issues better than anybody and far better than Hillary Clinton, who doesn’t have a clue.” When fellow presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, said that he’s, “not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” Trump fired back with, “That was a terrible thing for him to say, I cherish women, and I say it all the time. I will take care of women. Women under my administration will be taken care of, not like Jeb Bush; what he said was a disgrace.” The biggest problem with Trump is, he is all bluster. He has never really discussed his plan to “take care of women”.
Donald Trump wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. As if that isn’t ridiculous enough, Trump plans on forcing the Mexican government to pay for it, saying “The impact [of illegal immigration] in terms of crime has been tragic,” Trump continues, “Meanwhile, Mexico continues to make billions on not only our bad trade deals but also relies heavily on the billions of dollars in remittances sent from illegal immigrants in the United States back to Mexico ($22 billion in 2013 alone). In short, the Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners, they are responsible for this problem, and they must help pay to clean it up.” In Donald Trump’s position papers on immigration he wrote, “Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors. We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own.”
As for the Syrian Refugees, Donald Trump has said, “We have no idea who these people are, we are the worst when it comes to paperwork. This could be one of the great Trojan horses. We cannot let them into this country, period.”
In an interview on Fox New’s Fox and Friends, Donald Trump was asked how to fight ISIS but also minimize civilian causalities when terrorists often use human shields. Part of his response was, “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.” According to Politifact, to do this would be a direct violation of all four Geneva Conventions’, Article 3, “conflicts not of an international character”. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the 2006 case Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld, ruled that “armed conflict not of an international character” means a war that is not fought against a sovereign state. (A sovereign state simply means a country with a recognized government.) Since groups like ISIS are not considered sovereign states, that means that Common Article 3 applies to the current war on terrorism.
Donald Trump thinks Obamacare is “a big, fat, horrible lie” and “a total catastrophe,” which he’s promised “is going to be a disaster.” Trump has said that the health care law should be repealed and replaced. Just like every other Republican Presidential Candidate in the field, Trump has no plan on what to replace the Affordable Care act with, leaving millions of Americans without health care.
Donald Trump told the crowd at a rally in Hilton Head, S.C., “Obama’s talking about all of this with the global warming and … a lot of it’s a hoax. It’s a hoax. I mean, it’s a money-making industry, OK? It’s a hoax, a lot of it.” Trump said on Sept. 24, 2015, on CNN’s New Day, “I don’t believe in climate change.”
Donald Trump said in his position papers on the second amendment, “Here’s another important way to fight crime – empower law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves.” It sounds like Donald Trump wants to take us back to the days of the old west. Donald Trump said on NBC’s Meet the Press, “If you had more guns, you’d have more protection because the right people would have the guns.” Trump added, “You have people that are mentally ill. And they’re gonna come through the cracks. And they’re going to do things that people will not even believe are possible.
Trump opposes same-sex marriage, but he criticized the Kentucky clerk, Kim Davis, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Trump condemned Republican candidates who called for a reversal of the court’s judgment saying, “anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons, The Supreme Court ruled on it.”
These are just a few of the many reasons why Donald Trump must not become President of the United States of America and why we must get out there and vote this election year. As many of you know, I am a major supporter of Bernie Sanders and I am doing all I can to make sure he receives the nomination. However, if Hillary Clinton should receive the nomination, I will vote for her over whoever they pick as the Republican nomination. This election is far too important to allow another Republican into the White House and we absolutely must get our Congress back.