Donald Trump, a real estate mogul and star of The Apprentice, announced his plan to run for President this past June. While he has flirted with the idea of running for President since 2000, this run has been his most successful so far. He has also said that he will be paying for the entirety of the campaign himself, not taking any financial backers.
Though he started his campaign at 10th place in the polls, Trump has managed to become the leading GOP candidate, and his poll numbers just keep climbing. During the Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, he refused to pledge his support to whomever the Republican nominee was and did not rule out the possibility of an independent run for the presidency.
Trump has managed to draw the largest crowds to his events of any GOP candidate, with over 30,000 people at a recent speech in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Alabama. So far, Trump seems to have gained the most attention out of any Presidential candidate running this year.
One of Trump’s most talked-about positions is his stance on illegal immigration from Mexico. His plan is to build a wall along the US’s border with Mexico, and make the country of Mexico pay for the construction. Trump called Mexican immigrants criminals, drug dealers, and rapists when he announced his candidacy, and continues this attitude in his official plans for his presidency. He hopes to “get the bad people out” as he described in a town hall speech on Aug 19. in New Hampshire.
In line with his foreign policy, Trump has also made a campaign promise to limit the amount of “anchor babies” born in the US by ending birthright citizenship. “Anchor baby” is a controversial term used to describe the children of undocumented immigrants who were born in the US and are therefore citizens. Trump claims that “anchor babies are not covered [by the 14th Amendment]” and so a change in legislation might become a possibility.
On Aug. 25, Trump called security on Mexican-American reporter Jorge Ramos from Univision, ousting him from a press conference after the reporter asked a question without being called on. Ramos is the most trusted source of news for the Latino community, and Trump’s actions have further separated him from Latino voters. He also had an interview with Sarah Palin, where she called Ramos a “radical activist,” once again ridiculing a well-educated, highly-regarded of the Latino community.
The country can expect much more controversial news from Trump during the next Republican debate on Sept. 16.
Sources (CNN, Washington Post, DonaldJTrump.com, NY Times, Time)