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If you haven’t seen the John Oliver video regarding Donald Trump, you should.

Katie Morris

Katie MorrisIf you haven’t seen the John Oliver video regarding Donald Trump, you should.

In fact, I would highly suggest watching the video before you read my article.

Why?
Because his video is going to have a large influence on what I have to say.
I don’t generally advertise my political views, but I feel this article is necessary.
When Trump announced his candidacy last June, I actually laughed.
I think a lot of people did, as it seemed like he was running because he has money and likes to create a stir in American society.
Yet, it has been nine months since Trump announced he would run and it has become increasingly evident that this is not a joke. He’s won twelve of the nineteen Republica caucuses and primaries and is not about to slow down.
So what is it about Trump?
Why are people so committed to voting for him?
On Super Tuesday, voter turnout was up 61 percent from 2008 and 73 percent from 2012.
Are these all Trump supporters?
I can’t say. But it certainly seems like this may be the case, considering his impressive performance in the polls.
On his show, “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver showed clips of people stating why they liked Trump.
Their reasons included: “He tells the truth,” “He says it like it is,” “He’s funding his own campaign,” “He’s a good businessman” and “He’s bold.” Oliver then went on to discredit every single one of these reasons.
I am not writing this because I want to tell people who they should or should not be voting for — that’s not my place.
But what I am trying to say is that people need to make sure that they are fully educated on this election’s candidates. I have never liked Trump for personal reasons, but I learned a lot by watching Oliver’s video. He clearly outlined a great number of Trump’s flaws.
This is something that has not been done very frequently or publicly when it comes to Trump. Yet, look at Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and you will see a slew of videos and articles outlining her flaws.
People seem more informed about her flaws than they do about Trump’s.
It is so easy to get caught up in how the media portrays candidates.
Like it or not, there is a lot of propaganda out there that we are all unconsciously absorbing and using to formulate our opinions. This is natural,unconscious bias..
So every time you see an article about Clinton and the email scandal you absorb it and negatively associate it with her. This is normal. Yet it is important to detach ourselves from this bias and truly process this scandal before we associate it negatively with her. Now I’m not saying what she did was right or wrong, but we should understand exactly what happened in this situation before we attribute it negatively to her.
This same practice can be used when considering Trump. Before you call him a good businessman take a step back and research his history as a businessman and how he has managed his money. In his video, Oliver shows many ways Trump has failed in this capacity.
American history is filled with people who have fought for our right to vote.
We owe it to them to educate ourselves on the candidates and to get out there and vote. There are so many people who feel that their vote doesn’t matter, and if all those people don’t vote then we will be missing out on the opinions of a large majority of the country.
We the people owe it to ourselves and the country to be educated and informed about the individuals who we vote for.

Katie Morris, ’18, is an assistant news editor for The Brown and White. She can be reached at [email protected]

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