Students Dislike Trump Yet Have No Idea Why

The Presidential Election is coming and some Students side with Trump without even knowing It.

Christopher Tremoglie, Editor-In-Cheif

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Coming soon to a democratic republic near you – the Presidential election of the United States of America. And this election season has delivered perhaps some of the most highly entertaining moments in the political history of the United States of America. If one examines the four remaining candidates for the election (sorry Kasich is mathematically eliminated unless some crazy shenanigans get pulled at the Republican National Convention), all of America is left asking: is this the best we could do?

The breakout star of this production is undoubtedly Donald Trump. However, taking the silver medal and making everyone “feel the Bern” has to be Bernie Sanders. The Senator of Vermont has taken our democratic capitalist society by storm by pushing his brand of democratic socialism. [Spoiler Alert: lots of Americans want the government to give them stuff.] Of course, last and indubitably least, Hillary Clinton. Hillary is a presidential candidate veteran in 2016. In fact, she is sort of like the Leonardo Dicaprio of the presidential candidates except instead of everyone wanting her to win, she has a large vocal group of detractors.

So in going against the tradition of the media in this country for the past year or so, I am going to do what no other media outlet has done: talk about Donald Trump. That is right Community College of Philadelphia, Trump is coming!

Of all the candidates, Trump, with a high unfavorable rating himself, is undoubtedly the most polarizing. You would be hard pressed to walk down a city block and at the mere mention of his name, generate a type of over-the-top reaction. He is either the savior or the anti-Christ. There is literally no in between. This is sound strategy because as we all know, extreme opinions always work out great.

The initial intent of this article was to mock Trump and his candidacy. In an unscientific poll conducted at the Community College of Philadelphia of a sample size of 103 people, roughly 87% were against Trump as president and had negative things to say. Given the media coverage, this ratio does not seem like it is all that shocking.

However, this is where it gets interesting.

Anyone can say they do not like a candidate or that a particular candidate is evil, bad, or any other negative connotation. It does not take much intellect to make such a comment. When further pressed, however, there seemed to be an implosion.

The most common refrain heard was: Trump is racist. At this point, this unsubstantiated claim is getting boring and tiresome. So I decided to dig a bit deeper. I asked specifically, what makes Trump a racist.

This is where the fun began.

The amount of misinformation and misquotes and made up quotes and either outright lies or ignorance was astonishing. When interviewing an African-American student who would only identify himself as Rob, Rob said that Trump was racist because he said, “he wanted to make America white again”.

Ladies and gentleman, as much as anyone wants to dislike Trump, this quote is without a doubt incorrect. Through hours of research of attempting to find this quote, there has been nothing of the sort said by Donald Trump. The only indication of something like this was a photoshopped meme circulating on social media where a Caucasian woman is wearing a t-shirt that says “Make America Great Again” that was changed to “Make America White Again”.

Additionally, when asking a Caucasian woman the simple question “Is there a specific policy you really do not like,” her reply was, “Multiple. First of all, Donald Trump, he does not have a lot of sound policies in the first place. Second, he is just angry.”

If you have trouble figuring out what that means or how that answers the question, fret not because you are not alone.

Another student, Diego, when asked what he did not like about Trump, replied, “Trump is unfair to all the Mexicans”. When I asked, what policies specifically, Diego elaborated with, “a whole lot. There are so many I cannot even name.” I asked him to name just one and he said “I am not sure.”

One student who wished to not be identified said she did not like Trump because he hates all Mexicans and thinks they are rapists. When I showed her the YouTube video of the speech she was referring to that refuted her claim and specified that Trump said “illegal immigrants coming in from Mexico” her retort was, “oh that’s still racist.

Furthermore, a female student named Kelly said that she did not like Trump because he was a sexist because Trump said women who have abortions should be punished. I asked Kelly where she heard this from and her reply was “a status off of Moby’s Facebook page”. In case you are unaware of this particular incident Trump actually answered a hypothetical question and said if abortion became outlawed, breaking this law should carry some kind of punishment – as happens when any law is violated whether it is a fine for a parking ticket or sent to prison for murder.

These inconsistencies continued when polling Community College of Philadelphia students.

As aforementioned, roughly 87% of those polled were against Trump and his policies – when his name was mentioned with them. When reading the policies stated directly off of Donald Trump’s webpage without identifying who they were said by and asking merely if they would vote for a candidate who said such policies, roughly 51% said they would.

It is abundantly clear that people are very uneducated on the topics and facts. In an era when social media is the news source for most people, truth and facts have become the sacrificial lamb when forming political opinions. What does this mean going forward with political ideas and political elections is uncertain except it does not seem people are generally interested in facts but more so in simply following the latest trend in social media commentary and criticism.

When it comes to voting, it is not just enough to go out and vote. It is important to educate yourself with the truth and facts about each candidate. Do some research on your own and find out the information to separate truth from fiction. And locate this information on some platform that does not contain the latest Kim Kardashian nude selfie.

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8 Responses to “Students Dislike Trump Yet Have No Idea Why”

  1. FeeltheBern on April 7th, 2016 3:29 pm

    This has to be the shittiest article I’ve ever read. You take a small sampling of CCP “students” and present their on the spot statements as evidence of not knowing why they hate Donald Trump. They don’t need to point to policies to not like the guy when he has demonstrated his crass behavior time and time again both on the campaign trail and the debate stage. Referring to his penis size and his overtly sexual comments regarding his own daughter are enough to make anyone, even those “studying” at CCP, hate the guy. Not to mention his policies, or lackthereof, leave much to be desired. Have you visited his “policies” page on his own website? To name a few, building a wall across Mexico, “getting” ISIS by any means, and the murky implications of his tax plan. There, now you’ve asked someone who is actually informed.

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    John Reply:

    You do realize you are exactly the type of person this article is talking about? The article discusses how the voters do not know anything but regurgitated rhetoric and…….you do the same thing without mentioning any fact.

    Not to mention, your ad hominem demeanor of ignorant comments criticizing CCP while yourself go to such an Ivy league school, no, wait, you go to Temple – the school most CCP students wind up transferring to and one of the worst academic schools in the region.

    Nevermind, I realized I wasted my time on someone with no intellect

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  2. Jazzy on April 7th, 2016 7:53 pm

    This was the biggest piece of garbage I have read in a while. Why don’t you get some real facts to back this up?

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    John Reply:

    Because your reply contains ANY facts?

    Typical for bigots like you. No substance, all insults

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  3. Brian on April 7th, 2016 10:52 pm

    Go figure…a Bernie Sanders supporter who thinks an article about any Republican is “the worst article written ever to exist”….give me a break. This is the sad reality of the divisiveness in America these days. You can’t have your own opinions these days. You either perfectly align with a Democrat, or you are labeled a racist, sexist, moronic, asshole.

    First off, he clearly stated that he had a pool of 163 people. I thought that much was fairly clear. If you don’t know how polling works, maybe you should go look it up. Many people are uneducated when it comes to politics these days. I bet without looking anything up that you’d fall in to the same category as those people who were interviewed. You can even go to Youtube and find hundreds of videos of idiots who make light of choosing their next POTUS. Yes, the same can be said of Republicans stating why they dislike Democrats, and there is even some who like Trump who can’t even name one of his policies.

    But to scold the writer of this article just because you don’t seem to agree with him is extremely asinine. You say they don’t need to point out which policies they don’t like? Why? Thats the whole point of the question, “Which of his policies don’t you agree with?”, since many of the opinions formulated about the man are from stretched truths reported by mainstream media to get you not to like the man.

    The whole point of them doing this would be what, may you be thinking? Oh, I don’t know….maybe its because he wants to turn Washington on its head to get it to actually start working FOR the people instead of standing around taking handouts from lobbyists to get the vote that they want.

    Do you understand how it works? They (Big corporations) don’t want him in the White House. The reason being is that he wants to place a tariff on businesses that wish to relocate out of the US, but continue to send products in to avoid paying business taxes. You can’t see it yet? He also wants to audit the Federal Reserve and end the endless printing of US currency, ending another scam by the government to continue doing as they wish.

    Another thing, is he wants to put up an actual wall on the Mexican border to help not only the vast number of illegal immigrants coming in to the US, but to put a huge dent in the drug trafficking going on along that 2000 mile stretch of land, in which a majority of it is undermanned.

    Its fine if you want to vote for Bernie. No one said you should be tied directly to Trump. However, if you have opinions about him, have legit claims rather than sounding like an idiot when someone asks you a simple question of why. On that, please tell me how you think Bernie will be paying for your free college and medicare. I bet you don’t know. Do you think this money will appear out of thin air? I think not. Look forward to your income taxes going up by another 20% or so. Maybe even more.

    Smh….typical Democrat tho….”He doesn’t support my guy, so its trash”, give me a break man. That statement alone makes you one of the people he is talking about. Another uneducated voter. I can see why you want Bernie. You really need the free schooling…..I can’t stop shaking my head at you man. Formulate a better argument other than “Lack of policies”, because of all the candidates, Bernie has the least. Its a pretty big talking point of Hilary might I add, that he is a ONE issue candidate. I agree with Hilary, and I hate her guts.

    Get back to me on that.

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  4. Brian on April 7th, 2016 11:06 pm

    Go figure…a Bernie Sanders supporter who thinks an article about any Republican is “the worst article written ever to exist”….give me a break. This is the sad reality of the divisiveness in America these days. You can’t have your own opinions these days. You either perfectly align with a Democrat, or you are labeled a racist, sexist, moronic, a##hole.

    First off, he clearly stated that he had a pool of 163 people. I thought that much was fairly clear. If you don’t know how polling works, maybe you should go look it up. Many people are uneducated when it comes to politics these days. I bet without looking anything up that you’d fall in to the same category as those people who were interviewed. You can even go to Youtube and find hundreds of videos of idiots who make light of choosing their next POTUS. Yes, the same can be said of Republicans stating why they dislike Democrats, and there is even some who like Trump who can’t even name one of his policies.

    But to scold the writer of this article just because you don’t seem to agree with him is extremely asinine. You say they don’t need to point out which policies they don’t like? Why? Thats the whole point of the question, “Which of his policies don’t you agree with?”, since many of the opinions formulated about the man are from stretched truths reported by mainstream media to get you not to like the man.

    The whole point of them doing this would be what, may you be thinking? Oh, I don’t know….maybe its because he wants to turn Washington on its head to get it to actually start working FOR the people instead of standing around taking handouts from lobbyists to get the vote that they want.

    Do you understand how it works? They (Big corporations) don’t want him in the White House. The reason being is that he wants to place a tariff on businesses that wish to relocate out of the US, but continue to send products in to avoid paying business taxes. You can’t see it yet? He also wants to audit the Federal Reserve and end the endless printing of US currency, ending another scam by the government to continue doing as they wish.

    Another thing, is he wants to put up an actual wall on the Mexican border to help not only the vast number of illegal immigrants coming in to the US, but to put a huge dent in the drug trafficking going on along that 2000 mile stretch of land, in which a majority of it is undermanned.

    Its fine if you want to vote for Bernie. No one said you should be tied directly to Trump. However, if you have opinions about him, have legit claims rather than sounding like an idiot when someone asks you a simple question of why. On that, please tell me how you think Bernie will be paying for your free college and medicare. I bet you don’t know. Do you think this money will appear out of thin air? I think not. Look forward to your income taxes going up by another 20% or so. Maybe even more.

    Smh….typical Democrat tho….”He doesn’t support my guy, so its trash”, give me a break man. That statement alone makes you one of the people he is talking about. Another uneducated voter. I can see why you want Bernie. You really need the free schooling…..I can’t stop shaking my head at you man. Formulate a better argument other than “Lack of policies”, because of all the candidates, Bernie has the least. Its a pretty big talking point of Hilary might I add, that he is a ONE issue candidate. I agree with Hilary, and I hate her guts.

    Get back to me on that.

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  5. Moderate liberal on April 8th, 2016 7:40 pm

    Good article. Trump is a loathe some character because he appeals to people’s base desires and leaves out all that annoying nuance that is fundamental to governance and policy.

    We have a crisis in this country of people who don’t understand civics, as well as a real dearth of financial literacy. Trump and Sanders have a similar problem, which is the over-promising without clear indications they understand the institutional hurdles, or the perfectly reasonable reasons their plans might be bad/not work/ fall victim to the law of unintended consequences.

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  6. John on April 9th, 2016 1:25 pm

    I thought this was a great article. It chronicles and details the uninformed, bigoted, hate mongers that are the Anti-Trump crowd. They literally have no reason why they hate him. They are uninformed, uneducated and overall not positive influences on society. This is not to say all anti-Trump people are this way but those specific to maniacal demonizing as well as the privileged millennial crowd. Thank you for pointing out the stupidity of the voters in this country. If they spent more time educating themselves or finding a job than they did on social media, our country may not be as screwed up.

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