A Politics Post...

Sunday, 30 October 2016

So today’s post is a little bit different to what I normally do. Normally my posts are about my life, my travels and adventures but today’s post is going to be a little more serious and important. Most people know that on 8th November, the USA is electing their new president and the choice is between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I know that reading this will probably not change anybody’s mind about the election and who they are going to vote for but I felt that I should write a post about it anyway.

At uni, most of my friends are American and therefore, the election has become quite prevalent in my life through them as it’s obviously very important to them! We have watched the debates together and genuinely cannot believe that the situation is what it is.

Hillary Clinton is probably the most experienced person to run for president, and yet she is running against someone with no background in politics, just a background in business. Yes, in business, Donald Trump may have made a lot of money but the business world is very different to the political world and you cannot work your way up in the political world by treading on other people’s backs like you can (and he has) in business. The fact that this man is one of two people who could run one of the most powerful countries in the world is terrifying.

The world knows Donald Trump’s view on women, especially thanks to his recent leaked tape and, with that as an example to add to the plethora of other examples where he has been derogatory towards women, I can’t understand how any woman from the states can vote for him. I don’t think that’s a hyperbolic statement either. He has been shown to abuse women, emotionally and sexually and the fact that everyone knows that, yet he is still a presidential candidate is shocking. His conduct towards his actions is also ridiculous. Yes, he apologised about the leaked tape but that doesn’t make it okay. He doesn’t accept Clinton’s apologies yet he expects the public to accept his even though he deflects and mitigates discussion of his behaviour, saying it’s ‘locker room talk’.

His behaviour in interviews is both bullying and shows all the characteristics of abusive behaviour. He is humiliating, shown through his decision to hold a press conference with women who have accused Bill Clinton of rape, just before the second presidential debate. I don’t believe for one second that Trump did this because he feels sympathy towards these women and wants to help them, especially as he has insulted them before behind their backs. I strongly believe that he did this only to humiliate both Clinton and these women.  He also uses threats and intimidation in the debates and, what I found unnerving was that, during the second debate, whilst she was talking, he followed her, stood behind her and entered her personal space numerous times. At points, I actually felt scared for her as I know that I would feel terrified if someone was doing that to me.

I have learnt a lot about American politics during the past few weeks and, although I understand that they do have a slightly different culture, it isn’t worlds apart and I know that if this man was trying to run my country, I would do everything I could to stop him. As I’m not a US citizen, I can’t do anything obviously and these are just my views on the situation, everyone has different opinions on him! The most important thing is that, whatever country you are in (especially America though), if you are of voting age, please don’t waste your vote. In the UK, I look at my vote as something that other women fought for me to be able to have so I vote for the women who lost their lives fighting to get women the right to vote. So please, if you are of voting age, make sure you are signed up to vote and please use that vote. Research the candidates, find out their opinions and vote based on your research. Hope this post wasn’t too out there from what I normally write!

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