Trump’s talk on terror for winning elections may not be helpful
U.S. presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has come out strong against terrorism after the recent terror attack in Florida, but many experts doubted it will help him clinch the White House.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]I[/dropcap]n one of the worst terror attacks in the U.S., a gunman who pledged allegiance to the terror group Islamic State (IS) shot dead 49 people and wounded 53 others at a gay night club in Orlando, Florida on June 12. It is also the worst shooting attack in the U.S. history.
In response, Trump has come out strong against terror at a time when Americans are looking for a strong, no-nonsense leader to keep the country safe.
But at the same time, Trump is calling for a halt in immigration of people from countries linked to terrorism — a controversial statement in a country built on immigration.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]W[/dropcap]hile Trump has whipped up excitement among the Republican Party rank-and-file that the party has perhaps not seen in decades, his negatives rates are sky high. In other words, many people strongly dislike the mogul for what they see as over-the-top statements and a way of speaking they feel is un-presidential.
“In his comments on terrorism, he went too far in re-introducing the idea of banning Muslims. That reinforces his political extremism,” said Darrell West, vice president and director of governance studies of the Brookings Institution.
Trump initially came out strong against terrorism in a speech the day after the attack, and showed himself to be what many observers saw as a capable leader in the fight against radical Islamism. But not far into the speech he again elicited controversy by calling for a ban on immigration of people from countries linked to radical Islam.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]W[/dropcap]hile his stance was welcomed by his supporters, independent voters will likely be turned off by a policy many feel would unfairly impact those who have nothing to do with terrorism. Such statements will not help lower his 70 percent negative rate — the highest in recent memory for a Republican presidential nominee.
Some experts contend that such a move would isolate the country’ s Muslim community – which is for the most part moderate, successful and non-political – and would perhaps breed more sympathy for radical ideas.
Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, told Xinhua that Trump might not overcome his high negatives with his tough stance on terror.
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