The Student Blog Post series invites students from my PLS 321: Electoral Process course to author their own blogs about recent election events.
The 2016 presidential election is currently one of the most controversial elections in American history. On one side, we have the outrageous Republican nominee Donald Trump, and on the other hand, we have Hillary Clinton representing the Democratic Party. Throughout this election, both candidates have been able to accumulate a large amount of endorsements from a variety of sources including major political figures. Unfortunately, the GOP candidate has slowly been losing support due to his negative remarks about certain issues and groups of people. In the article, Donald Trump All but Clinches G.O.P. Race With Indiana Win; Ted Cruz Quits, by Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy, we are able to see exactly how some Republicans really feel about the nominee. The article describes how Mr. Trump is only creating a sense of fear and shock amongst the American people due to his actions, poses undeniable peril to the party Republican leaders, who have been reluctant to embrace his candidacy, are watching him with great trepidation, and on Tuesday night they seemed to be grappling with the implications of Mr. Trumps emergence as the new face of their party. No candidate since the dawn of modern polling has entered the general election with the sort of toxic image Mr. Trump has in the eyes of large groups of voters. It is clear that Donald Trump does not take any of his opposition into account and has continued on with his pessimistic remarks of not only Mexicans and Muslims, but women as well.
With only one month left before Election Day, Donald Trump has shocked the GOP once more. Donald Trump turned the Republican party into chaos after a video surfaced Friday of Mr. Trump talking about women using explicit language, sexual terms and describing himself as forcing himself on women. The video was recorded in 2005 and during the video Mr. Trump is bragging about how he is able to get away with many things, including grabbing, kissing and seducing married women. Following this video, new revelations emerged of newly uncovered audio. The audio includes conversations Trump had over a 17-year period with radio star Howard Stern. Similar to the first video, he uses vulgar language towards women and even mentions personal sexual remarks. All of Donald Trumps demeaning language reveal his pattern of sexual assault and therefore is now being used to denounce the Republican candidates campaign.
Republican and Democratic anti-Trump groups have not been surprised with this latest controversy and now even have more motive to not vote for him. Prominent Republicans on the other hand are now in utter confusion on what to do in respect to the incendiary remarks. Even though Donald Trump gave a formal apology, within 24 hours of the revelation dozens of Republican elected officials pulled their support and endorsement for Trump. The Republican leaders that are abandoning Trump include former Republican nominee John McCain, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, and even former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger amongst many others. Most of the Republicans that are ditching Trump are instead opting to go with Trumps running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Can Mike Pence ultimately gain enough Republican votes in order to lead the ticket? We shall have to see what other controversies arise within the next month that will lead to an even larger downfall for Mr. Trump.
With only few days left before the next debate it is clear the Mr. Trumps win is going to be far from reachable. Even though the Republican candidate has lost a large number of supporters he still has a strong base of support among his disaffected voters. Therefore, is this really who America wants as their next president? Are Americans going to allow their country to be led by an individual that continually downgrades women and other groups of people? We dont know exactly all we know is that the Republican Party is suffering profoundly.
Mirtha Lopez is a third-year student at Cal Poly Pomona who is majoring in political science. She enjoys attending conferences, traveling to new places and loves going to the beach.