by Gabby Redpath

It’s near impossible to turn on the news – local or national – without seeing or hearing Donald Trump. The 2016 Presidential candidate definitely has made his presence clear. One can’t help to think he is intentionally causing controversy. Yes, many negative things are circulating about Trump, but at least things are circulating.

“Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!” Donald Trump posted a comment on via twitter earlier this year about the riots that occurred recently in Baltimore, MD ( Trump made an irrelevant comment about The President’s race, causing the media to critique him and refer to him as a racist.

Trump’s comments have also hinted at men being superior to women – a very unpopular belief in modern American culture.

“She’s not giving me 100%. She’s giving me 84%, and 16% is going towards taking care of children” (,9171,2071119,00.html). Trump’s hesitation towards hiring working women troubles many single mothers who rely on their jobs to support themselves and their children.

In his book How to Get Rich Trump stated that “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me—consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected,” hinting at the idea that women can’t maintain a purely professional relationship.

These controversial comments – along with many more – have made Donald Trump into a household name. News sources everywhere – on television, online, and on the radio – gravitate towards stories that will make Americans gasp. Trump’s business experience in the television industry may have inspired him to make these statements, not because he truly believes race or gender affect the ability to work, but because he knew it would catch the media’s attention.

Despite a lot of hatred targeted towards Trump, he is still a frontrunner for the 2016 election. Politicians are known to sugarcoat, but Donald Trump has been straightforward about his opinions and plans since day one. People find his honesty refreshing. Maybe controversy is the key to popularity in our media driven society – will other candidates follow in his footsteps?


 Donald Trump on his show The Apprentice.