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Taking a divisive approach to politics

President Trump is back at it. Is it election season or something?

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President Donald Trump walks on the South driveway as he departs the White House on Oct. 31.

President Donald Trump walks on the South driveway as he departs the White House on Oct. 31.

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President Donald Trump walks on the South driveway as he departs the White House on Oct. 31.

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Election season always brings chaos out of people; it’s just so concerning how that happens to include the person who’s supposed to be running the country. Not that it’s that shocking.

Republicans began struggling to maintain a firm hold of Congress this midterm session, and that seemed like perfect timing for Trump to project his false claims and popular prejudice in an attempt to rein the power back in. He’s turned his social media platforms and campaign rallies into free-for-all lying fests. But again, it’s not some crazy switch in actions — he ran his presidential campaign like this and people ate that right up.

The real truth is that those who support Trump and his divisive ideas have always felt this way, have always held onto these judgments, even before he was elected. The only difference is that now these ignorant beliefs can be expressed without repercussions or consequences. With someone so blatantly misogynistic, racist, and xenophobic as president, it’s no surprise. 

At the rally held in Elko, Nevada on the weekend of Oct. 20, Adam Laxalt, a governor candidate for Nevada, asked: “Are we going to keep Nevada the Nevada we all love, this independent western state, or are we going to turn into California?” All in reference to California sanctuary cities, to which Trump added “by the way, a lot of people in California don’t want them, either. They’re rioting now.”

That’s the funny thing, really, because they aren’t. There’s no actual current evidence of any riots happening in California fueled by dislike of sanctuary cities. California has been used as an embodiment of negative ideals.

These desperate attacks are all because red isn’t completely overpowering the ballots in states like Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Florida. Displaying the idea that California is the worst because of its present lean in the direction of liberal tendencies and believing that the use of fake news is a moral way to campaign against your opposing party, are terrible and, quite honestly, pretty pathetic ways to try and regain political power.

In Mesa, Ariz. on Oct. 19, Trump stated that “Democrats want to give illegal aliens free welfare, free health care, and free education. Give them a driver’s license. Give them a driver’s license. Next thing you know, they want to buy them a car. Then they’ll say the car’s not good enough, how about a Rolls-Royce?”

This here is Trump taking something solid, like a handful of states deciding to offer undocumented immigrants driver’s license, then exaggerating and twisting it enough to brainwash his fans into some silly dream world. Once again, Trump carries on his legacy of confident statements with no real truth or evidence.

Immigration continues to play a large role in policy, especially this election season. It’d just be nice to see some accurate facts representing actions that should be taken, which don’t down right dehumanize and humiliate the immigration population in the country. This, although, may be difficult considering Trump has yet to learn how to do any research on topics he likes to belittle.

While some mayhem is always expected in politics, inaccuracies are something else. That’s less mayhem and more ignorance. It’d be a nice change to actually be bewildered when some incomprehensible, nonfactual words come out of the president’s mouth.

Looking at the count made by The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Blog, Trump made more than 5,000 false or misleading claims in his first 601 days in office.  So, this is in fact, very unlikely. I’d say I was shocked, but no such luck.

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