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How Trump is still leading in the polls, and why it matters

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Donald Trump speaks at a rally on the campaign trail. Trump has been a consistent frontrunner in the GOP field since nearly a month after announcing his run for the Oval Office in June.

Annie Vento, Editor-in-Chief

All Syrian refugees are apart of ISIS, all Mexicans are rapists and Muslims need to be banned from the country, according to Donald Trump. The best part? He’s in line to be the next president of the United States of America.

Trump seems to have offended almost every group imaginable, including, but not limited to journalists, people with disabilities, African Americans, Asians, Native Americans, women, fellow candidates and war veterans, as well as the aforementioned Muslims, Mexicans and Syrian refugees.

Despite his harsh rhetoric and ruthless insults, Trump has been the Republican party’s consistent frontrunner since mid-July, nearly a month after announcing his official run for president of the United States.

Even before becoming a presidential candidate, Trump’s name was not unfamiliar to the general public. With a staggering net worth of $4.5 billion, or more than $10 billion according to Trump, he’s known by many for his orange spray tan and conversation-starting hairstyle. Others know Trump from his condo-hotel skyscrapers in Las Vegas, New York City and Chicago and his role as long-term host of “The Apprentice” and spin-off “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

Despite unsuccessful tests at seeing how a presidential run would go over in 2000 and 2012, Trump has taken the GOP by storm, as he is currently at 38 percent within the Republican field and has remained the frontrunner. Although many cannot imagine why someone would support Trump, his supporters present valid reasons for why they find him appealing and want to see him as our next president.

“We’re tired of political correctness,” one Trump supporter said to US News. “It’s not my generation, and I think the younger generation that founded political correctness are about fed up with it too. They want to hear the truth.”

Because of the recent events involving ISIS, the “war on guns” and Mexican immigration, Trump has been able to easily establish his signature type of campaign: a campaign run out of fear. With this, the “truth” to many Americans is that these concerns are valid and they should be worried. While many Trump supporters have criticized other candidates for being not as aggressive as they should be, Trump ensures his supporters that our country is in trouble, and he’s the man for the job.

When he suggested banning all Muslims from entering the United States, he led American citizens to infer that the situation was more dangerous than they previously thought, convincing them that radical action is necessary. With a campaign slogan of “Make America Great Again,” he reinforces his fear-driven campaign and implies that America is no longer great.

Trump also succeeds by not speaking like a politician, something that may seem to be necessary quality for the president of the United States. Trump has said multiple times that he is tired of political correctness. With this, he may not be talking like politicians usually do, but he is talking like some average Americans do. This makes Trump more appealing because Americans are able to view Trump not as a celebrity or presidential candidate, but as an average guy who is able to be understood.

Not only is Trump appealing because of his charismatic qualities and ability to be understood, but studies have shown that Trump’s speeches are at a fourth-grade reading level. He says what others are thinking but are too afraid to say.

“We’ve got people in positions of power who I know for a fact are liars,” another Trump supporter said on CNN. “I watch the TV, my president comes on the TV, and he lies to me! I don’t believe any one of them, not one. I believe Donald. He says what I’m thinking!”

While many supporters may not agree wholeheartedly, they do share a common ground with Trump in the sense that both want to see a dramatic difference in terms of our military, economy and immigration laws, and as the polls stand now, he is line to be the Republican frontrunner.

However, if you do not want to see Trump be inaugurated into the White House next January, you cannot sit idle and complain until he falls in the polls, as his frontrunner streak is proving that to be unlikely. Instead, you must get out in your community and campaign for the candidate you do support, and you need to work as hard as possible to ensure your candidate wins his or her party’s nomination. Even if you do support Trump, nothing is set in stone, and your voice is crucial in ensuring your ideal candidate is successful.

As Americans, we all want to see our country be “great again.” Whether you’re voting for Trump or not, we are still nine months away from the presidential election and in the midst of caucuses, and every candidate has a chance to be our next president.

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