Thursday, September 1, 2016

Donald Trump changes stance on immigration, only to change back the same day.

Donald Trump changes stance on immigration, only to change back the same day.
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Summary: This article from The New York Times is reporting that Donald trump has changed his very firm status on immigration, only to change it back a few hours later. Donald Trump's big statement, from the start of the campaign, the big policy he has stood by, is that all illegal immigrants need to be deported. Mr. Trump paid a visit to Mexico city, where he said he had tremendous respect for the Mexican people, and he would focus on deporting only the most dangerous immigrants, a plan that current president Barack Obama has been attempting to enforce. However, he then gave a speech in Phoenix, Arizona that same day, that portrayed illegal immigrants as a threat to society, that Hillary Clinton's plan was to open the borders, and that America should deport her. Mr. Trump has changed many other of his policies many times, and has told many different groups many different things.

History connection: Inconsistencies are rife within presidential campaigns. Sometimes it's because of new developments, but most of the time, it's because the candidate makes a promise that the public wants to hear, without telling the public if its feasibly possible. For example, George W. Bush made a promise of no new taxes, but raised taxes all the same when he got into office.

Question: Why do presidential candidates make promises they can't keep, and when called out on these impossible promises, why do people still vote for them?

13 comments:

  1. Presidential candidates make outrageous prices to get attention. After all, for many people, the election is almost like a popularity contest. People still vote for these candidates because the candidates comply to what they want, and they hope.the candidates will bring around the change they want, even if it's impossible. This is probably why Trump changed his stance twice in his speech, because he was trying to comply to what everyone wanted

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  2. I agree with Ryan that presidential candidates tend to make false promises to hopefully gain popularity and support for the election. Mr. Trump may have made these promises to appeal to certain groups of people, but in the long run, most candidates care more about their own policies and opinions so that when they are in office, their plans will be in full effect and their actions will have more direction. Also, the people are probably aware of this fact. People may just vote for the candidate who brought up an idea that fits with theirs even though it is not guaranteed to be enforced later on.

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  3. Presidential candidates make promises they know they can't keep to please the public and get votes. Trump knows that his previous statements on illegals, especially Mexicans, has offended many people in Mexico. Although Mexicans are not voting in America's presidential race for obvious reasons, he still doesn't want them viewing him as someone who is racist towards Mexicans as one people rather than just towards the most threatening Mexican individuals. However, he changed his statement in Arizona because he is a hypocrite who really is against Mexicans as one... or at least that's what his words portray him to be.

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  4. I agree with Alaina, saying he does not want Mexicans to picture him as a racist president, but Mexicans still believe he is racist for things he has said in the past.

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  5. I agree with Alaina that presidents make promises that they can't keep just to get votes. He changed what he said in Arizona because he was trying to make up for what he previously said when he offended Mexicans. People still vote for people like Donald Trump because they are uninformed, and he makes other promises that they believe in, despite the fact that he might have offended them before.

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  6. I agree with Ryan that the presidential election is like a popularity contest. Trump is making promises that he cannot keep just to gain votes, but people still vote for him because they believe in his judgement and decision-making to lead the country. Also, uninformed voters may just vote for Trump because of his popularity alone, unaware of current actions and stands on political topics.

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    1. I totally agree with that view. The presidential race has just become a bashing contest, with answers to issues taking a backseat. It's kind of scary that the election has gotten to a point where the third candidate is running on the premise of "the other two are bad"

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  7. I agree with Alaina that Presidential candidates just say whatever the public wants to hear in order to win votes, what I don't understand is as to why people would vote for someone who constantly switches up what their is saying. Why put your trust in someone who is hypocritical ?

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  8. They make promises that they can't keep because they make promises what people want to hear and fell safe. When people hear what the candidates say and they like it the people would vote for them.

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  9. They make promises that they can't keep because they make promises what people want to hear and fell safe. When people hear what the candidates say and they like it the people would vote for them.

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  10. They make promises that they can't keep because they make promises what people want to hear and fell safe. When people hear what the candidates say and they like it the people would vote for them.

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  11. They say things that people want to hear to get votes.

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  12. Presidential candidates makes promises they can't keep because they want to gain more followers to vote for them. People still vote for them because they hope that they can change their minds about the issue and hopefully do what they promised beforehand.

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