By CJ Pearson, 13
I laugh at a lot of things.
I laugh at cute puppies chasing their tails. Furry cats falling down stairs. Man, I even laugh at the ceiling sometimes (yes, I’m honestly that weird). Six months ago, I used to laugh at Donald Trump. However, I’ve stopped laughing. This is because in the past few weeks, this originally hilarious joke has taken a turn for the worse. It’s taken a turn towards fear-mongering. A turn towards hate. And a turn towards blanket racism and blatant Islamophobia.
Donald, the joke is over.
I'm not laughing anymore and the American people aren't laughing anymore. First, he called Latino immigrants criminals and rapists. But instead of backtracking, he didn't just double down -- he tripled down. He went on to say on CNN’s “The Situation Room” to Don Lemon that “somebody's doing the raping, Don! I mean someone's doing the raping.”
Wow. Just wow. Sadly, that's only the beginning of it.
A few weeks later, after facing tough questions from Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly at the first GOP debate, he seemingly accused her line of questioning of being a direct result of her menstrual cycle, saying she had blood coming out her “wherever." When you're auditioning to become president of the United States, these comments are not OK. Next time, he should leave his sexism at the door.
This past week, the bad turned worse. And the worse became downright dangerous. Donald Trump unveiled his proposal to stop all Muslim immigration into our country. Usually, Donald would blame the media for twisting his words. However, this time he couldn't. He released this plan in a form of a press release. So, there it was, in black and white. And there he was -- doing ISIS’s job for them.
Going into this election cycle, I originally thought that Donald Trump could never be president. I genuinely believed that he had no chance of ever becoming our commander-in-chief. But then six weeks of leading in the polls quickly turned to six months of leading in the polls. I had to come to terms with reality: This man could be our next president.
Needless to say, this thought scares the crap out of me. I'm scared not only for myself, but also for my generation and the future of our great nation. But honestly, his ascension begs the question: Do people not know how bad Donald Trump is or do they just not care? I hope it's the former because you can help ignorance, but you can't fix stupid.