Donald Trump is no longer only a billionaire mogul and business magnate; he is now running for President of the United States. Trump formally announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on June 16, 2015 at the Trump Tower in New York.
Donald Trump walked onto the stage looking regal and fitting of the role of presidential nominee. Donning a red tie, white shirt, and blue suit, he gave his talk in front of a line of American flags. He looked the part and lacked no confidence in himself, calling himself a “truly great leader.”
Trump’s speech was sporadic and contained the typical characteristics of a rant or off-hand talk. He bounced from topic-to-topic, issued opinions with no figures or facts, and delivered one-liners that critics are still talking about.
He began his speech with the decline of American international economic security in comparison to powerhouses like China and Japan: “They [China and Mexico] beat us all the time.” He wants to bring back jobs from China and Japan and vows to be the “greatest jobs President that God ever created.” He cited his opposition to the current international trade bill.
Trump commented further on U.S. economic stability and growth. He stated that the gross domestic product was “below zero” and that it's “never below zero.”
Then, he quickly switched to a commentary on U.S. foreign policy relations with Mexico. Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best They’re not sending you...They’re sending people that have lots of problems...They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” From his speech, Donald Trump supports stricter border control and immigration laws. Policy-wise, he is against Obama’s executive order on immigration and wants it reversed immediately.
In contrast to Obama’s policies and those supported by the majority of Democrats, Trump calls for the repeal of Obamacare and to replace it “with something much better for everybody,” but does not offer a sample of what this “something better” might be.
Trump warned against the dangers of Islamic terrorism, the spread of ISIS, and reminds viewers that he warned politicians not to “hit Iraq” during the start of the war. It is no surprise that he opposed Iran’s push for nuclear weapons.
Without specifics, Trump voiced his support for Israel and the Second Amendment. He pointed out the necessity of rebuilding transportation infrastructure, saving Medicare, Medicaid, and Social security “without cuts,” and ending the Common Core.
Possibly the best point of the speech, Donald Trump critiqued the role of lobbyists, super PACs, and donors in politics, saying that they fully control political moves.
Despite Trump’s disorganized speech, audience members repeatedly called out, “We need Trump now,” and were met by applause and cheers. However, some speculate that his supporters were hired actors.
With that being said, Trump’s views on immigration and other social issues means that the base of the Democrats (minorities, youth, single women, and suburbanites) won’t be swayed by his tough talk. And because of his stance on social issues, those same groups many view the entire Republican party in unfavorable light, causing them to migrate to the Democrat.
Trump’s odds of winning are slim-to-none. After all, the Republican National Convention currently lists 19 potential nominees. The “house divided” references have already began. Trump’s recent announcement is just one of many problems for the GOP.