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The leader of the free world seems to relish the opportunity to display his xenophobia. This time, it came at the expense of the Oscar winning film, “Parasite.” Although the news of Donald Trump criticizing a foreign film is not surprising, it’s his audacity to do so in a ridiculing manner that is truly shocking. America’s Commander-in-Chief has continuously demonstrated that he harbors little regard for the interests of immigrants in this nation. It was the immigrants who built this very nation. To say that Hollywood’s most prestigious movie award ceremony sucked is yet another display of The Donald’s juvenile mindset. He went on to call out Brad Pitt who criticized the shadiness of the Impeachment Trial in which a critical witness was not allowed to testify [against Trump]. The President of the United States bickering with an actor while bullying a Korean film crew was an embarrassment to the country.
Reality TV Becomes Actual Reality
When his campaign began, it seemed like a joke. How could a TV star possibly make a serious run for the presidency of such a progressive and powerful nation? There’s no way, or so we thought. As the campaign developed, his political views remained somewhat obscure. Although he was running on a republican platform, his history of contributing to Bill Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic ticket shadowed his political ideals. His run seemed to lean toward the sake of media coverage rather than a genuine intent to do good for America. “Imagine if he did win…” and “Maybe a businessman running the country could help alleviate some of the economic problems…” were among the conversations that were up in the air.
A Nation Divided
Four years into Trump’s controversial presidency and the United States still finds itself at a crossroads in its history. Just when the moral consensus seemed to be moving towards a more progressive state, a xenophobe was elected. Southern California is a difficult place to live during an administration as bigoted as Trump’s. The majority of Californians operate on a liberal point of view. However, it’s not uncommon to see a few Trump signs or MAGA hats here and there. Racism doesn’t play such a life-threatening role in California as it does in the South. Since his election, Trump has further proved that he is also an egotistical and narcissistic man. He has continuously displayed that he is incompetent of meeting the expectations that fall under being president.
With the primary election voting underway, it’s imperative that those who are eligible to vote go out and vote. It’s not funny anymore. People love to complain about Trump, but are not willing to fully enact their role as a citizen of the United States and vote for who rightfully has earned the faith of the people. A Trump Administration is a painful reality and it is time to show that his antics will not be tolerated.