The 2016 Presidential race has very much begun, and those candidates who have thrown their hat in to the mix are doing the rounds on social media, news conferences and press junkets etc. The stand-out candidate so far, because of the entertainment factor, is Donald Trump – but is he media jester or real contender?
Generally, I watch his press conferences or interviews with an almost rubbernecking enthusiasm – the things he says are just so cringe making. Maybe that is his political ploy, to say things that really aggravate and upset people in order to get him talked about and relevant.
Well … it is working.
He is all over various media outlets here, especially since he expressed his thoughts on Mexican immigrants …
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best….They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. Donald Trump, June 16th Campaign Launch
Let me be clear on my stance on this – there are undoubtably illegal immigrants who do awful crimes and despicable things whilst being here, but there are also legal immigrants and citizens who do the same, and in greater numbers. If you want to talk about the issues this country faces, then lets talk about them in a mature, fact-based manner with well thought out and intelligent rhetoric – something I fear dear Donald did not get the memo on.
I recently read an article in The Telegraph (you can read it all here) that looked closely at what Trump had said and wrote …
He has also touted data from the US Sentencing Commission which indicates that an outsized proportion of federal criminal offenders are undocumented.
However, the vast majority were arrested for entering the US illegally, not for violent crimes or drug offences.
At the state and local levels, where the overwhelming majority of criminal offenders are held, 5.6 per cent of prisoners were non-citizens in 2009, the last year for which data is available.
That same year, non-citizens comprised 7.1 per cent of the total US population.
This indicates that undocumented immigrants are actually less likely to be incarcerated than US citizens for non-immigration offences. The Telegraph – online
The thing that I have found I am more interested in when reading or finding out about Donald Trump is the responses people have to him. I find I am seeking out this more than paying attention to what the man is gas-bagging about – things like the Mexican artist, Fernando Sosa, who had designed Donald Trump butt plugs.
I am all for serious and sensible discussions on political issues that candidates wish to run on, the butt plugs were, to me, a stroke of genius – sums up very succinctly what Trump detractors feel about the man! I am sure his supporters are outraged, but I know one thing for sure – this election process is shaping up to be one of the more interesting political times ahead.
America can be frustrating to live in at times, leaving me confused and on my soap box about things, but the way some of the American people have responded to all the Donald Trumpeting has been intelligent, passionate, amusing and just plain entertaining.
What are your thoughts on this Presidential race – or Donald Trump?