Donald Trump running again is an embarrassment to America

Amanda Booth, Staff Writer & Photographer

Having been born and raised in New York City, the business capital of the United States, Trump was set up for success. With a real estate and a television background, Trump was destined to be in a position of power. However, he became the only person to be elected president without previous military or government experience, and has shown that he should’ve stayed in the entertainment business.
Throughout his career, Trump has had many sexual assault allegations made against him.
According to NBC, an alleged victim was groomed at 14 years old when she was taken to Donald Trump’s hotel room by Jeffrey Epstein, who was charged with trafficking dozens of victims.
Trump and Epstein were in the same social circle, and were neighbors in Florida where some of Epstein’s alleged trafficking occurred.
In addition to this, Trump has made vulgar comments towards women on multiple occasions.
For example, Trump made comments about his own daughter, saying, “She does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
One of the most famous comments that he has made was during an interview in 2005 with television personality Billy Bush.
“When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said. “…Grab ’em by the p****. You can do anything.”
He also said to Howard Stern that “a person who is very flat-chested is very hard to be a ten.”
Equally important, Trump has also made many racist remarks.
During the announcement of his 2016 presidential bid at Trump Tower, he stated that “[Mexicans are] bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Additionally, Trump said he wanted a “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
Equally important during the start of the pandemic, Trump referred to Covid-19 as the “Chinese virus” after that arguing that it isn’t racist to call it that.
Among those statements, he also called himself the “least racist person there is anywhere in the world.”
Furthermore, Trump said at a rally at the Sioux Center in Iowa that “[he] could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and [he] wouldn’t lose voters.”
This comment alone shows how he doesn’t care about the effects of his actions. There is a heated debate on gun access taking place in this country, and this comment is extremely insensitive towards people who have been in mass shootings or victims’ family members. Another offensive action Trump has taken is to make fun of people with disabilities.
At one of his rallies, he was seen moving his arms in an offensive way to mock a disabled reporter named Serge Kovaleski, who has a joint condition in his right hand.
In addition to concerns about ethics and inclusion, Trump has also chosen not to release his taxes from before 2009.
Although candidates releasing their tax returns is not a requirement, it is a tradition to have transparency. Unlike his counterpart in the 2016 election Hillary Clinton, who released three decades’ worth of tax returns, Trump released nothing at all.
Trump’s problematic history seems to have had an effect on the voting population. In both the 2016 and 2020 elections he lost the popular vote.
However, in the 2016 election, he won the electoral college vote, earning 304 votes against Hillary Clinton, who earned 227 votes.
Despite losing the popular vote, Trump has nominated more justices to the Supreme Court than any other president since Reagan. During the middle of Trump’s presidency, Brett Kavanaugh was appointed to the supreme court. With this, he was given an inadequate supplemental background check. There were over 4,500 tips about Kavanaugh given to the F.B.I., and the Trump administration is holding over 100,000 pages of documents related to Kavanaugh’s past.
When it comes to international politics, Donald Trump’s track record is equally problematic. Notably, he frequently says he is “friends” with Vladimir Putin.
In the summer of 2021, he spoke of his time meeting with the Russian politician.
I got along great with President Putin,” Trump said. “I liked him. He liked me.”
During the Helsinki Summit in 2018, Trump stated that he trusted Putin’s intelligence more than America’s.
According to CNN, Trump didn’t discuss that allegedly Russia offered bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops while in Afghanistan. Trump said that it was “fake news” and that he didn’t have a problem talking with Putin about it, but ultimately he never did.
In addition, the wealth gap was an issue in the United States before Trump’s presidency, but while he was in office was absurd.

In 2019, well into his presidency, families in the top ten percent of the wealth distribution held 72 percent of total wealth, whereas the bottom half of the wealth distribution held 2 percent of total wealth. This proves the theory that rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Not to mention, Trump has also become the only President in United States history to be impeached twice.
The first time, he was impeached for abuse of power in congress. The second time was for his involvement in the violent attack at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, threatening America’s democracy.
Before the January 6 riot, on December 20, 2020, Trump tweeted that there would be a “Big protest in DC on January 6th. Be there, will be wild.”
He also stated that “we’re going to have to fight much harder” and “we’re going to walk down to the Capitol… you have to show strength and you have to be strong.”
The January 6th riot resulted in at least 7 people dying and over $1.5 million of damage.
After the attack on the Capitol, a House select committee was established to investigate Trump’s involvement.
But the controversies haven’t ended since Trump left office in 2021. The FBI is currently investigating classified documents found in Trump’s West Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago.
These documents could possibly relate to the current investigation about him releasing top secret documents that could violate the Espionage Act.
Violating the espionage act could possibly be considered treason and pose a threat to the government and military services.
Donald Trump’s actions have proven that he shouldn’t be president. With his constant unprofessionalism, racism, sexism, and his inadequate style of being in a position of power, he is a disgraceful image of what America is like in the 21st century.