Political parody

Presidential election has become comical charade for America, world

Nidhi Thakkar, Business Manager

If you’ve happened to check Twitter, read the news or even look outside your window recently, you’ve noticed election propaganda everywhere. You’ve probably also realized that this election is a joke. Our candidates have focused on belittling each other, making irrelevant arguments and stooping low enough to attack their own voters.

I’ll admit, it was funny at first; I initially thought Donald Trump’s candidacy was a brutal and twisted joke, but April first came and went, and Trump’s still here. As for Hillary Clinton, she has experience and understands the complexity of running a country, but she’s made serious mistakes that have made it difficult for the public to take her seriously.

Despite how strange this election is, its impact is astonishingly widespread. Aside from his corn-husk hair, the most maddening aspect of Trump is his blatantly expressed racism, misogyny and homophobia. For a country built on diversity, Trump has gone too far in this election.

I don’t think it’s coincidence that the last couple of months have been plagued by protests and arguments over race and equality. On many occasions, Trump has thrown out people of color from his conventions, whether they were supporters or protesters. In fact, he recently threw out long time supporter and half-Indian teenager, Jake Anantha from his North Carolina rally.

To make matters worse, Trump has encouraged his other voters to attack protesters. By attacking voters based on their race and identity, Trump is publicly conveying that acts of hate are justified. The fact of the matter is that this country is home to people of hundreds of cultures and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

If either candidate is going to lead this country, they need to put aside their personal opinions and do what’s best for our diverse and thriving country. The same goes for all residents; You don’t have to like your neighbor to tolerate them.

But Trump’s not entirely to blame. We are also to blame. Those of us who watch, tweet and mock the election are giving Trump the attention he needs. It is this attention that has allowed him to gain such an influential voice not only on social media but in politics as well.

But that’s not to say that Clinton is entirely blameless. I’m not concerned with the mistakes she made four years ago; they will force her to be extremely cautious and informed as a leader in this nation. What I’m concerned with is how she responds to the public, and Trump, for that matter.

Both candidates frequent social media in an attempt to connect with millennials, but often come off as childlike themselves. In response to Trump’s mockery, Clinton decided to tweet him back, telling him to delete his account. In some cases, this would be considered comical, however, a potential future president should show more class and maturity, especially on one of the largest campaigning platforms available.

As enjoyable as it is to mock the candidates—and they’ve given us plenty of opportunities to—this is a presidential election. This is our commander-in-chief we are voting for. Whoever we vote for will impact a population that spreads beyond just their voters. They will influence the country that our kids and their kids live in. Please, let’s make it a good one.