This is a runner-up in our Teens Against Trump essay contest. Read more essays from the series here.
Although I am only 16 and can't vote in the next presidential election, I would like to think I am very informed about the diversity of the intelligence levels of each candidate. If Mr. Donald J. Trump were to be elected into office, we would be victims of bigotry, xenophobia, misogyny, and just outright ignorance. To prove this theory, why not use Trump's own words, shall we?
On May 7, 2013, Donald J. Trump tweeted, "26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?"
Ladies and gentlemen, this is misogyny. This is rape culture. In this statement, Trump is outright condoning rape as simply an act that must be expected when putting women and men together. If this man runs our country, the conviction numbers will go to zero, because according to Trump, it just happens. If Trump is president, this country will keep condoning the microaggressions and dehumanization against women that occurs every day.
On November 6, 2012, Donald J. Trump tweeted, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
While there is sufficient evidence proving that global warming is concrete, Trump still decides that it is not true. If Trump decides what is false and what is factual, disregarding all data, what do you expect him to do to the great nation we live in?
On August 6, 2012, Donald J. Trump tweeted, "An 'extremely credible source' has called my office and told me that @BarackObama's birth certificate is a fraud."
In case anyone forgot about Trump's blatant ignorance with suggesting that Barack Obama was not a natural-born citizen of the United States of America, here is your refresher. The ignorance that Trump showed throughout the entire situation was obtuse. He communicates without sufficient evidence.
On June 16, 2015, Donald J. Trump stated, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... 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."
So according to Trump, those who come into our country from Mexico -- most coming into our country for a job to support their family back home -- are rapists and criminals. Most Hispanic immigrants come into our country for the betterment of their lives. The United States is the opportunity capital of the world, and for Trump to state this is to take away the opportunities we offer the world. We are the melting pot of diversity, not xenophobia.
If we elect Donald Trump as our president, we will be condoning these hateful words and actions. Someone once told me that if we are silent in situations of injustice, we have chosen the side of the oppressor. If the country elects Trump, we will choose the side of the oppressor. Our great nation will become a joke. Our great nation will no longer be a country of humanity and acceptance, and that is the true injustice.