Opinion: We don’t want bigotry on the ballot

Donald Trump has many factors stacked against his name and he shouldn’t be considered as a contender for President in the 2024 election


Kennedy Tetour

Donald Trump has done a laundry list of bad things throughout his political career and should not be considered for reelection in 2024.

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor

Article after article springs up surrounding one person, Donald Trump. Even in the years following his presidency, more articles are being published about him, not because of his accomplishments in office but because of events that have unfolded following his presidency. Due to former President Trump’s multiple impeachments, his racist actions, as well as his current trial, Trump should not be elected president for a second time.

Trump was impeached two times at the end of his presidency. The first impeachment was because Trump asked Ukraine to investigate President Joe Biden’s (former vice president at the time) son, Hunter Biden. This was done in an attempt to stop Biden from winning the 2020 election, for which Trump was impeached for abuse of power as he was the president. The second time Trump was impeached was because he incited the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th to fight against the election results.

Trump is the first president to have been impeached twice in US history. There have only been three presidents impeached in total. Andrew Johnson, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. In the grand scheme of things, the impeachments of former president Trump are the most infamous. The two impeachments of Donald Trump were because of an attempt to affect election results and overthrow democracy. This attempt at overturning election results is reason enough for impeachment, and comparatively to other impeachments, is far worse.

Along with two impeachments, Trump is known for bigotry as well, whether it’s misogyny, homophobia, or racism. During the end of November, former president Trump had dinner at his Mar-a-lago home with Ye (formerly Kanye West), and Nick Fuentes, both of whom are anti-semites. Even with Trump’s own racist comments, having dinner with people who are also known for their blatant hate speech against Jewish people shows that racism is not where Trump draws the line. Even if Trump wasn’t known for his bigotry, the fact that he is willing to have a cordial dinner with people who are blatantly racist shows a lack of caring and understanding on his part.

Trump is currently on trial for taking classified documents from the White House and keeping them in his Mar-a-lago home. While he was allowed access to these documents, he took many classified documents, not just a few. Not only did he take many documents, but he did not keep them in a safe or secure place. These documents being found and/or leaked could have been a threat to national security.

Many people highlight how Trump helped the economy exponentially during his presidency. This fact is true, America was in a good economic place during the Trump administration, but there was a cost for that. He gave America a bad reputation, with other countries viewing the United States as more of a laughing stock or the punchline to a cruel joke rather than a powerhouse country. In addition, a lot of his policies put minorities at risk in a country that is supposed to be safe for them.

The controversies have piled up around former President Donald Trump, and for good reason. The person in charge of an entire nation shouldn’t be impeached twice in the time of his presidency, nor should the leader of a country as powerful as the US be blatantly racist and have a long history of bigotry. After everything that Trump has done, the Republican party needs a new candidate. The former president has a laundry list of things that he has done wrong that should be taken seriously, and he should not even be considered for reelection.