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Monday, August 21, 2017

Opinion

EDITORIAL: Do not vote for Trump this election


This election cycle began with 17 candidates for the Grand Old Party, and by some fortune, it has narrowed to one: demagogue Donald Trump.

We, The Cougar staff, have decided that, for this election cycle, it is less important who wins and that more weight rests on who doesn’t win. We have chosen not to endorse any candidate for president, but the editorial board unanimously agrees that Trump should not become the next commander-in-chief of the United States.

Trump’s divisive statements and blatant fear-mongering are a step back from the progress made by this country during the Obama administration. But he is not just too conservative. He is a liar. A sexual predator. A threat to the stability of our nation.

Accomplished Republican leaders like Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Colin Powell have distanced themselves from Trump for these reasons. Even our own UH College Republicans have refused to endorse him.

But Trump’s many flaws are not the fault of his supporters. They have fallen victim to the idea that the changing colors of the national population equates to a lesser America. Centuries of xenophobia, social Darwinism, colonialist thought and racism — both casual and overt — underlie this false assumption.

Trump started his campaign with an unfounded racial stereotype: branding Mexicans as rapists. He continued his false rhetoric when he asked for a ban on Muslims and suggested a database to track them.

He has insulted veterans on multiple occasions by downplaying post-traumatic stress disorder and criticizing McCain for being captured and held as a POW. Trump mocked our very own UH alumna, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, by calling her Pocahontas.

He has proven himself unable to uphold a shred of respect for women, spewing countless sound-bites of denigrating attacks based on appearance and old-school sexism. We cannot allow for “locker room banter” to become oval office banter — in fact, that kind of speech doesn’t belong anywhere. 

Entering the last leg of the race, we have seen a man run a campaign by capitalizing on fear, spreading misinformation and encouraging bigotry. His policies, if you can call them that, are no better than his personality. Building another border wall would waste tax dollars, and his economic policies would worsen the national debt. If he wins, the U.S. might have much bigger problems than him just saying something offensive.

Trump doesn’t deserve the honor of a single vote, let alone the presidency. When you go to the election booth this Tuesday, vote for whomever you want, but don’t forget every instance that has proven Trump is unqualified and undeserving for the oval office.

The Democratic Party boasts the first female presidential candidate, and the rise of Jill Stein on the Green Party is an uptick in the political presence of women, even as the bi-partisan system shows sign of failure. Both are highly educated and active politicians whose resumes hold far more extensive accomplishments than Trump’s smoke-and-mirrors business ventures.

Even Gary Johnson, a mostly conservative candidate who literally didn’t know where Aleppo is, has a pro-choice stance on reproductive rights for women.

Trump wants to do the opposite of what we have come so far to accomplish. Do not vote for Donald Trump this Election Day if you value equal and fair rights for all.

Whomever wins, this election will be historic: Either we will elect the first woman president, or we will have chosen a man who brags about grabbing women by their genitalia.

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  • Bobocefus Jones

    After students clean out their mouths after vomiting post read of today’s Cougar Editorial Board tripe, we can finally stamp “gullible dunce” on each of their foreheads of that worthless body of morally corrupt individuals … starting with that Socialist sell-out Frank Campos, who evidently has a high regard for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.

    You know the CEB are living in their own little Progressive World when they see “Left of Center Republicans” John McCain and Colin Powell as anything accomplished.

    Any student worth their SALT knows that Donald Trump has not one finger on the current corruption and disaster that is from the Democrat Administration. The CEB didn’t even mention Clinton in their tripe; giving her not one iota of reason why to vote for her. Of course, she is the most corrupt and baggage laden candidate to ever run for the office of President. See deserves prison rather than an oval office.

    It goes without saying that the Cougar Editorial Board is a corrupt body … corrupt as Donna Brazile feeding debate questions to Hillary before debates with Bernie Sanders. Corrupt as Democrat Operatives committing election fraud on a wide scale. The stench of the CEB’s corruption knows no bounds.

    They obviously take UH students for fools. At least Democrat students that is.

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    Don’t Speak Against the Potential SUPREME LEADER

  • Opa

    If by progress the last 8 years you mean doubling the natl debt increasing unemployment by tens of millions and increasing those on food stamps by tens of millions, then yes vote for the serial liar Hilary.

  • Bobocefus Jones

    ABC/Washington Post last election poll … still oversamples Democrats by 6%.

  • Bobocefus Jones
  • Mohammed bin Zayed Jones

    More than 3 MILLION ILLEGALS voted.

  • Mohammed bin Zayed Jones

    This election goes to shew …. no one believes the media.

  • Mohammed bin Zayed Jones

    The Real Reason behind Hillary Clinton’s NO-SHOW Election Night.

    One CNN Reporter confirms that Hillary Clinton became physically violent towards Campaign Advisers John Podesta and Robby Mook, when it became apparent that she was going to lose around Midnight.

    Clinton had to be physically restrained.

  • Mohammed bin Zayed Jones
  • Mohammed bin Zayed Jones

    A Clinton Christmas Present

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