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Why Young Americans Need to Vote in the 2016 Primaries and Election

by March 1, 2016
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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump

Today is Super Tuesday, which means that primaries are being held in several hugely influential states for both the Republican and the Democratic parties. This is an incredibly important election for young Americans to vote in. We’ve seen debates raise the issues of LGBTQ rights, the cost of higher education, women’s reproductive rights, and so many other issues that affect us directly. Voicing your opinion on social media is great to spread the word, but it’s not enough — get out to the polls and make your voice heard.

The video below about Donald Trump raises the importance of voting in 2016. Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy early last summer, liberal Americans across the country have been laughing at the spectacle of his campaign. But now, we might have something to worry about: Donald Trump is leading the polls for the Republican nominees in most Super Tuesday states. As John Oliver says, since 1988, every candidate who has won the most states on Super Tuesday has won the nomination for their party.

Below, John Oliver of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver identifies Trump’s appeal to Americans point by point and then proves those points false. For example, Trump knows — and he’s correct on this point — that his reputation is staked on his last name. Many Americans associate ‘Trump’ with wealth, success and good business sense. But John Oliver takes a look at many of Trump’s business ventures which have failed — including Trump’s decision to start a mortgage company in 2006, a terrible year for real estate. In the words of John Oliver, “We cannot keep getting blinded by the magic of his name.”

You’ll almost definitely find yourself chuckling along with jokes about Trump’s flimsy campaign built on an image of wealth, but other moments are a bit tougher to stomach. We’ve all heard about Trump’s proposed wall to keep Mexicans from crossing the border (cue eye roll), but did you know that in response to an endorsement from KKK leader David Duke, Trump did not immediately refuse the endorsement. Instead, he played dumb on the topic of white supremacy as a whole and pretended to not know who David Duke was. And Trump’s idea to defeat out ISIS by “[taking] out their families” is not only heartbreaking — it’s a war crime. Sure, Trump has gone back and tried to retract some of his statements with a newfound opinion, but how can we ever trust a president who is constantly spitting out whatever thought crosses his mind and later changing his mind?

This video is worth every second of your time — and as an added bonus, you can trust that everything John Oliver says has been fact checked to death, on the off chance that Trump actually decides to follow through on one of his many threats to sue. But, if you don’t have 20 minutes to spare, I’ll give you the gist of it: Don’t vote for Donald Trump.

If you’ve already done your research or you’re feeling the Bern, I still urge you to give this video a watch and share it with the Trump supporters in your life. Use this video as encouragement to do your research, decide who the ideal presidential candidate would be, and get out to the polls to vote this Super Tuesday or in your local primary — and get ready to vote in November as well.

Leave a comment below and pledge to make your voice heard in the polls this year!


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