Opinion: Everything You Need to Know About Donald Trump

by Meghna Kumar

On June 15, Donald Trump, American billionaire and real estate tycoon, announced his bid for the Republican nomination for the 2016 Presidential Election. Unafraid to voice his political policies and beliefs, he has led many of the polls since his campaign announcement. Let’s take a look at his plans for America if he is elected as president.

Immigration Policy: Mr. Trumps’s ingenious plan is to build a wall at the US-Mexico Border and make Mexico pay the construction costs. He is, however, at peace with including a door in that wall. Additionally, he will request that Mexico terminate their program of “sending criminals across the border,” which he claims is a program run by their national government. He has also called immigrants from Latin America “killers” and “rapists,” and has posed the question “Well, somebody’s doing the raping…I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?” after being informed that immigrants themselves were the victims, not the perpetrators of rape at the border.

Women’s Rights: As the father of two girls, and after re-marrying three times, Mr. Trump is a strong advocate for women’s rights. Despite initially taking a pro-life, anti-abortion stance, Mr. Trump claims to have evolved “like Reagan evolved” on his stance and plans to allow abortion in a few, select cases. In addition, Mr. Trump’s words of praise for women include, but are not limited to, insinuating that presidential candidate Carly Fiorina is unattractive and stating that Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes – blood coming out of her wherever” when she asked him a question he was uncomfortable with answering. Donald Trump’s appreciation for women goes even further with his statements that his daughter, Ivanka, has “the best body.”

Military and Veteran’s Affairs: Although Mr. Trump is not, and never has been, a member of the United States Military, he states that he has “always felt that I was in the military” due to the fact that he attended a military boarding school and “dealt with those people.” He has also stated that he is not a fan of veterans, such as Senator John McCain, who were captured during war and that true heroes are not captured.

Climate Change and the Environment: Trump believes that climate change is a “hoax” and that oil is the “lifeblood” of our nation. That’s basically it.

Foreign Policy/Trade: Trump advocates for an aggressive trade policy, emphasizing that “we don’t beat China or Japan or Mexico in trade,” but that once he is in office, he can “beat China.” His plan is to allow the President to become the trade representative of the nation because, according to him, currently, “stupid people negotiate our trade bills.” Furthermore, he will enact a 35% import tax on the Mexican border.

Personal Values: Although Trump claims to never have smoked, done drugs, or had coffee, he is in support of legalizing drugs and imposing hefty taxes on their purchase. The money amassed from taxes on drugs will then be put back into educating students about the harmful affects of the legalized drugs being sold. Trump also states that he attends church, stating “I drink my little wine, have my little cracker” every Sunday.