American billionaire businessman, well-known television personality , producer of an NBC reality show, self-proclaimed conservative republican Donald Trump notably announced that he would run for becoming president of the United States during its 45 minutes speech – the longest of the major party candidates to date – at Trump Tower, NYC on June 16. Since then, he has been both hardly criticized and warmly appreciated in the US and worldwide by politicians, associations, famous public personalities for his bizarre – and not always politically correct – policy propositions and statements.
He has presented himself as a potential candidate to presidency since 1988 and a part from a short parenthesis in the Reform Party – which anyway split from the Republican party – he has always been a militant for the Republican party. In 2011, when he placed sixth in the “ten most admired men and women living of 2011” USA Today/Gallup telephone survey, polls had Trump among the leading candidates, within a few points of President Obama in a potential 2012 presidential contest. Eventually in 2015, when he didn’t renew his television contract for The Apprentice, the TV show in which he starred, it was clear that he would candidate for presidency in 2016.
Often accused of being a sexist, a racist and even a fascist for his hazardous statements, he has found support from working class voters who have negative feelings towards migrants and financial concerns and from fervent Catholic environments and war veterans, while surveys taken in late 2015 showed Trump polling unfavorably among women and non-white voters, with 64% of women viewing Trump unfavorably and 74% of non-white voters having a negative view of the candidate.
In fact, as a Presbyterian, he has expressed support for policy positions important to some Christians : he declares himself a pro-life and supports the ban of late-term abortions – with exceptions for incest, rape and health issues – he supports school prayers and opposes to same-sex marriage.
After 2015 Paris terror attacks he also proposed to implement a database system tracking Muslims in the United States, a proposition that went even further after 2015 San Bernardino shooting, when Trump called for a complete ban on Muslims entering the United States. In this occasion, Trump declared that the victims “could’ve protected themselves if they had guns”, showing its opposition to gun control.
Immigration is another hot topic for the republican candidate: he has suggested that the US should build a border fence which separates Mexico and the US in order to cut Mexican illegal immigration, gaining support especially from victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants and raising any sort of reaction from its own party.
He was particularly criticized also when he declared that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”. Having no interest to promote the protection of the environment he’d rather intensify economic relations with China, oppose to Trans-Pacific Partnership, protect economic interests.
Although Trump has repeatedly claimed that his campaign is self-financed, an independent super PAC, Make America Great Again, was established but it was shut down in October.
US presidential election of 2016 are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016 and the elected president will succeed President Barack Obama as the 47th president of the United States of America.