With Ted Cruz opting out of the US presidential campaign, after his defeat in Indiana’s primary, Donald Trump has become the presumptive candidate of the Republican party for the US presidential election. The controversial billionaire now has to unite the party, which witnessed deep fissures during the campaign .
Ted Cruz, the Texas senator suspended his presidential campaign after the crushing defeat in Indiana primary. This makes Donald Trump, who is unpopular even within the Republican party, a presumptive candidate. John Kasich, the Ohio Governor, who is also vying for nomination, has not opted out of the campaign but he trails far behind Trump without having any chance of giving a fight to the political outsider.
Donald Trump, whom many considers as maverick, was not taken seriously even by the Republicans when he announced that he will fight for the GOP nomination.
Donald Trump, the New York business man is to become the first nominee, without any previous experience of elected office after Dwight Eisenhower who went on to become the president in 1952. There are many things in common between Eisenhower and Donald. Eisenhower main campaign was against communism, Korea and corruption. It could be Muslims and Immigrants for Trump
During the campaign Trump literally broke every rule of campaigning. His disparaging statements on Muslims, racial minorities women and even against the leaders of his own party made huge controversy. But despite this Republicans largely stood by him, as the outcome of the primaries suggest.
With his belligerent style, Trump made himself appealing to a large section of Republicans. The anti-Trump section in the Republican camp was split among several candidates. He many times veered from conservative orthodox stand on economy, especially regarding social security measures. It also might have caught the imagination of the disgruntled Republicans who feel dejected by the existing leadership. But high on rhetoric, his official economic plan never talked about increasing social security measures by increasing taxes of wealthy.
But it is a fact that his statements on strong leader, migrants and his political pronouncements struck chord with very large section of American people.
Here are the some of the most controversial statements made by Trump.
Trump many times claimed that after 9/11 attacks, thousands of Arab Americans celebrated. And he said that this is how Muslims in US thinks and lives! “Muslims should be tracked as part of the counter terrorism initiative’. ‘Mosques should be under surveillance as part of this’ Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the US after a shooting spree in San Bernardino involving two Muslims. This has created large outrage against him and a campaign was launched in Britian to ban Trump. He said in an interview that Islam hates US.
Like all conservatives, Donald Trump also talked about women, sometimes in a patronising manner and many other times derisively. His statement that “ All of the women on the apprentice flirted with me –consciously or unconsciously. That is to be expected” was his most controversial of them. Once he distinguished himself from his rivals claiming his women are most beautiful. He said Hillary Clinton would get five percent of the vote if she were a man. “The beautiful thing about Hillary” said Trump is that women don’t like her. His statement that he would have dated with Ivanka Trump, if she were not his daughter , was craziest of all .
On being Rich
Conservativism always adores rich people. Being the most vocal of the conservatives Trump lost no chance in flaunting his billionaire status. “ The most beautiful thing about me is my richness” said Trump.
On Immigrants from Mexico
For Trump those who come from Mexico are rapists and druggists. “ When Mexico sends its people they are not sending you. They are sending people that have lots of problems. They are bringing drugs , crime. And they are rapists..”
Trump want third degree methods which are denounced even by the US to deal with radical Islamists. He said he will bring back waterboarding. “In the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians, we have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before — as a group, we have never seen before, what’s happening right now. I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”