I know exactly what you are thinking right now. “Here we go, another one of these Trump bashing fests.” You’ve heard so much about Trump that you are sick of it. You need to be concerned. If you are apathetic about Trump, you need to be concerned. If you are a Trump supporter, you need to take a good hard look at him and really analyze what his message entails.
Rachel Maddow, a talk-show host on MSNBC, recently released a video with several chronological clips of Trump implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) endorsing violence against protestors. Trump laments that protestors ‘have no consequences’ for their protesting. Does Trump mean to decry that the First Amendment of the United States goes too far in protecting protestors? Does he think that protesting is a right that should not be granted to dissenting opinions and voices? Find me an interpretation of his own words in these videos and tell me he isn’t either condoning violence against protestors or lamenting the rights of protestors, and I will show you a reasonable political candidate.
For anyone who wants to support Trump, even under the "anyone but Hilary" opinion, please please please watch this video. You don't have to vote for Hilary or Bernie, but take ~12 minutes to watch this video. MSNBC is extremely liberal and biased, I know that. I don't recommend getting your news from them, but this snippet is mostly direct clips from the horse's mouth. Feel free to skip the editorializing at the beginning and the end.
Trump is a demagogue, a narcissist, and a potential tyrant. He promotes the flawed ideology of American exceptionalism, attempting to appear reasonable while undermining the reasonableness of his supporters. Trump vocally and continually endorses tortures over and above the horrors of water-boarding, has suggested that we go after every man, woman, and child associated with or even in the general vicinity of ISIS, and several other morally repugnant human rights violations.
Trump is not just a demagogue: he is the exemplar of a demagogue.
This is a man who hides his despicable and thoughtless ideas behind the curtain of being politically incorrect. To this man, compassion and dignity and empathy and the moral highground in war are political correctness. To this man, people gathering to peaceably protest his rallies should be met with violence.
This is not a man who will get things done. This is not a man who will make America great again. This is not a man who will create an awesome relationship Russia by getting along great with Vladimir Putin. This is not a man who will surround himself with people who tell him “No.” This is not a man who has the political savvy to surround himself with people more knowledgeable than himself. I do not trust him to pick smart, reasonable advisers. Even if he did, would he heed their advice? His campaign team has repeatedly gone against torture and tried to do damage control on his statements, yet Trump continues to bring up torture and promote it in no uncertain terms.
Trump is terrifying. This is a violent man. He has passed the point of being a clown whose political discourse can be laughed off halfheartedly. This is a power hungry man. This is a man who repeatedly shows apathy and aggression toward dissenting opinions, uses ad hominems like it’s the only Latin he knows, and has more concern with the size of his hands and penis than with the well-being of the nation. He has openly admitted to funding campaigns in return for political favors. Even as an open book of demagoguery, unreasonableness, and pettiness, his supports continues to swell.
However, this did not start with Trump. The polar ends of the political ocean have moved away from each other, with a Mariana Trench of centrists and independents growing in the middle. No one is free from guilt. Not the Republicans, not the Democrats, not the third-party candidates, and especially not YOU. YOU are a voter. YOU are a part of the ultimate control mechanism that makes this pendulum swing. YOU have been blindly flipping the switch, letting this pendulum swing out of control.
Get involved in your local elections, learn about issues and hear both sides of the argument. Try as best you can to avoid bias when analyzing your beliefs, and recognize when you are wrong. Be willing to change your mind, but also be resistant to letting any and everything change it. Get several different sources for different interpretations and analyses of a single event. Get more than a narrow story.
Be an informed citizen. Even if you're wrong, at least you have a say.