Since Donald Trump announced he was running for the 2016 presidential election, he has made many terrible proposals for his presidency, including a recent comment on banning Muslim people from entering the United States. This comment alone has led the Democratic and even Republic parties to condemn Trump, leading to rumors of his disqualification from running for president.
On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the hashtag #TrumpisDisqualifiedParty began trending on Twitter, branching from his comments about the ban on Muslim immigrants. This became a nationwide topic of debate on whether it was actually possible that the republican candidate could be disqualified from his presidential campaign.
“I was overjoyed when I saw the trend on twitter. The fact that Trump still had supporters after what he said was truly astonishing and to see that he was facing the consequences for his actions was great,” says senior Francesca Feretich.
Although social media does have great power in the United States, this Twitter trend did not officiate Trump’s disqualification. The tweets were inspired by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s comments on December 8, 2015.
Earnest said, “Now, I know that each of the Republican candidates has already taken an oath pledging to support Donald Trump for president of the United States if he wins the nomination. But the fact is, the first thing a president does when he or she takes the oath of office is to swear an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. And the fact is, what Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president.”
Earnest points out that although Trump cannot actually be taken from running, he is not morally fit to run the country according to the oath one must take when becoming president.
President Barack Obama has also shed some light on the situation in his speech on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 when he and several congressional leaders traveled to the Capitol Building to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery.
“Obama referenced how different Trump’s vision for America is than his in his speech and that is something I think everyone should consider when they support someone like Trump; the future of America, ” says senior Ankur Choudhary.
The President used this speech to not only praise the nation’s early civil rights heroes, but also to criticize Trump’s ideals for presidency. He related Trump’s idea to ban Muslims to that of slavery and said the freedom of all American’s is “bound up with the freedom of others – regardless of what they look like… or what faith they practice.”
Obama also said, “We condemn ourselves to shackles once more if we fail to answer those who wonder if they’re truly equals in their communities, or in their justice systems, or in a job interview. We betray our most noble past as well if we were to deny the… possibility of progress.”
As for Trump, he of course is not disqualified, but the GOP is not happy with him. Trump recently hinted toward the possibility of running as a third party candidate because of the GOP, and tweeted a poll saying that 68 percent of his supporters would vote for him if he were to do this.
What do you think about Trump’s radical ideas for presidency?