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How Donald Trump Could ACTUALLY Win The 2016 Presidential Election

How Donald Trump Could ACTUALLY Win The 2016 Presidential Election

I need to start this off with a couple of things that readers must absolutely not forget while reading this:

The first point being, that I have absolutely no background in politics, in fact, they tend to make me sick to my stomach and this will more than likely be my first and last political piece. My second point, and possibly the most important, is, I am by NO means, whatsoever, supporting Donald Trump for President of the United States of America (writing that actually made my stomach turn). However, I cannot be naive and negate the fact that this is 2016 and one of my biggest fears for the country is actually a thing.

Okay, deep breaths, this will all be over soon… 

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Democratic voter turnout is always a bit shaky.

Many of you may read that following sentence and combat it with the typical, “Primary voting doesn’t reflect general election voting,” which is fine, it’s normally true. However, when we have a presidential candidate such as Donald Trump bidding for a bedroom in The White House, we can pretty much throw everything we’ve known for the past 50 years right out the window. Now, I’m going to throw some numbers at you but don’t be intimidated, just follow along:

From 2008 to 2012, Democratic voter turnout fell 4.2% while GOP voter turnout fell a mere 1.2%. Now, those numbers may seem small but I also want to point out that 5-million less eligible Democratic voters voted in 2012, while there were also 93-million eligible voters who DID NOT vote at all (2012 Bipartisan Policy Center Voter Turnout Report). The obvious problem in the aforementioned is, as the number of people who do not vote continues to drop, so will the number of Democratic voters (basic principle, right?). In a country that consists of roughly 320-million people, we could potentially see over 100-million of those people not cast a single vote in the 2016 election.

The media doesn't cover Donald Trump the same as everyone else.

Another scary thing about Donald Trump’s presidential run is the lack of responsibility from the media to hold Trump accountable for all of the outrageous things he says and believes (you can literally Google "Outrageous Donald Trump Quotes" and you can pick from any of the 368,000 results).

The problem here is, the general public’s reliance upon the media in this new-media age that we are currently living in. As Donald Trump has recanted a number of his completely oblivious statements, or since called them “suggestions,” or found just about every other humanly possible way to "flip-flop" on all of his issues, the media seemingly does not care and it’s time for them to start holding Trump accountable for what he says and treat him as they do every other politician (most notably, President Barack Obama and I'm looking at you FOX News).

The 2016 media as we know it is a scary entity because the coverage of news has largely switched from being content-based, to click-driven. Donald Trump’s ridiculous statements have now made content creators’ jobs 100-times easier by giving them the perfect headline to tweet, write a quick paragraph to meet a word count minimum, and they consider their job done. If any other presidential candidate were to utter any one of the ridiculous slurs that Donald Trump has, you can bet every dollar you have that the American people, and government, would call for his resignation. Why are we not doing the same in regards to Donald Trump?

I am not asking news networks to decide what is right or wrong, good or bad, because that's not their job as much as is being informative and reporting facts about issues. However, when Donald Trump says, "Women should be punished for getting an abortion," or, "All Mexicans and Muslims should be banned because they're evil," I expect the people in positions to do so should feel an obligation to tell Trump where is ideology is flawed and why his words are the result of a deeper-rooted issue. Without accountability, what is the news? News networks should not be held to a standard like MTV or NBC where they have to meet a certain criteria of viewership to remain on your cable package.

Hilary Rodham Clinton.

Lastly (I could go on for days but I don’t want to drive readers into a deep depression), and I must speak candidly, Hilary Clinton isn’t the candidate that many Americans wanted to see run for the Democratic nominee (damn you, Joe Biden). From her weird blazer-coat-suits that make it look like she’s hiding the Wizard of Oz underneath while he furiously pushes all the buttons in the right sequence so as not to cause any malfunctions, to her coffee-stained teeth, Hilary Clinton has a subtle scent of untrustworthiness (and that’s not even mentioning her ongoing federal investigation…oh, whoops). With Trump vs. Hilary as the expected showdown (you’re still my boy, Bernie), many American voters may declare, “I’m not voting for either candidate!” and now we’re right back where we started just a few moments ago.

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I cannot, and will not, tell you how to vote or who to vote for. That is not my job. However (and my bias may be showing), Donald Trump winning the 2016 election could not only be the end of my residency in the United States, but a Trump-filled White House could also be the end of the way we've grown used to living our lives in America. I understand that statement sounds narcissistic and very extreme, and one might say, "Well, how do you know Trump will be all that bad?" The simple answer is, I don't know, but I also don't want to find out. I can't say how, because that's not an answer I have at the moment, but I can say that when voting for the president of the free world, these aren't thoughts that you should legitimately have beforehand.

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