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Donald Trump is very wealthy and successful in where he has built many well-known buildings and has a net worth of about $4.5 billion according to Forbes, an American business magazine. As of June 16, 2015, Trump has officially announced that he will be running for president under the Republican Party. He has no prior experience to politics, however, he has dealt with situations where he has negotiated with professional business people. After watching both his announcement speech and the first republican debate, the many claims he stated seem to capture the audience’s attention in a way that shows his claims are accurate.
Nonetheless, after reviewing Trump’s claims made throughout his speech and debate, his claims are not accurate. However, the accuracy of his claims does not impact his audience. Although there are many claims that were stated by Trump, we will only discuss a specific claim, explain the evidence he uses for that claim, determine why he uses that evidence, identify whether or not his evidence is credible, prove whether his claims can be validated or refuted through research, address whether his claims are accurate or not, and lastly, introduce the impact his claims have on the audience by the information given in the Pew Research Study.
One claim Trump uses was stated during the announcement speech. He claims that the Mexican government is sending criminals, rapists, and drug dealers across the border. He goes on to explain his evidence in that he spoke with the border patrol and claims that they are the ones saying that these things are actually happening.
Trump uses this particular evidence to show his audience that he personally spoke with the border patrol and has heard stories from them about these situations. As his audience continues to cheer and applause for him, with research, it shows that both his claim and evidence are not credible or true.
According politifact, the claim on how the Mexican government are sending bad people is rated “Pants on Fire”; or in other words, “the statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim”. In addition, Louis Jacobson, who is also an author for politifact, provided research in why his claim was not accurate. “Mexico has never had a policy of pushing migrants toward the United States, much less ‘forcing many bad people in our country,’ ” Massey said. “Mexican migration is tied to social and economic circumstances on both sides of the border” (Jacobson). In other words, Mexico is not forcing anyone to come to the United States and that the migration of the Mexicans deals with social and economic circumstances. Douglas Massey is a co-director of the Mexican Migration Project, which is a “bi-national research effort founded in 1982 to study Mexican Migration to the United States” (Jacobson). He is also a professor of sociology and public policy at Princeton University. “Based on more than three decades of field research, Massy found Trump’s assertion to be flat wrong” (Jacobson). Basically, this article shows that the Mexican government are not sending bad people across the border. In addition, after doing more research, his evidence stating that he personally spoke with the border patrol is invalid.
According to the article, “Donald Trump’s 4-hour swing by the border”, by Jeremy Diamond on CNN, Trump did travel to the border in Texas but never got a tour with the border patrol or even spoke with them. In fact, the border patrol agents backed out of their invitation to give him a tour under the pressure at last minute and instead he spent time with the governor of texas and other officials. The city officials were the ones that gave him an “overview of how the area works, discussing border security but also pointing to the billions of dollars in trade annually that pass through their city” (Diamond). However, instead of getting the tour he was supposed to get, he was “shuttled via motorcade into the Laredo border facility and backed out, and his shoes touched nothing but the hard pavement” (Diamond). After reading this article, it comes to show that even the evidence he provided to support his claim about himself personally speaking with border patrol was not true. Even though both the claim and the evidence he uses to support his claim is not true, it does not leave an impact on his audience.
After reviewing the results of surveys conducted by Pew Research, it proves my thesis in that the accuracy of his claims do not impact his audience. Although I did not specially argue about a claim that was about immigrants, his claim and evidence about the Mexican government sending their bad people to the United States is related to his view on immigration. Moreover, as stated in the Republican Debate, “…if it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration…” According to the article, “Contrasting Partisan Perspectives on Campaign 2016”, Carroll Doherty, Jocelyn Kiley, and Bridget Jameson in the Pew Research center, provided the results of the survey which showed the likelihood of primary voters who will support a candidate who wants to deport all immigrants who are in the country illegally. Results show that, “Among the 43% of GOP potential primary voters who say they are most likely to support a candidate who wants to “deport all immigrants now living in the country illegally,” 34% volunteer Trump as their preferred candidate” (Doherty, Kiley & Jameson). Basically, they are claiming that a majority of the potential primary voters prefer Trump as their candidate because they believe he wants to deport all illegal immigrants living in the United States. Also in the article, it shows that immigration is a very important topic to the Republicans. Republican voters would rather support a president who wants to deport all undocumented immigrants rather than someone who favors them. In addition, possible Republican primary voters care more about record. Now that I have explained the effectiveness of Trump’s claim, I will now summarize everything I have discussed.
Overall in this essay, we discussed one of Trump’s claims about the Mexican Government sending bad people to the United States, identified the evidence he used to support his claim, and explained why he made a claim using that evidence. We also determined if his evidence was credible, assured whether his claim was valid or not with research, addressed if his claim was accurate or not and lastly, we examined the ultimate impact that Trump has on his audience. After reviewing the research that was conducted, it proves my thesis in the fact that Trump’s claim is not accurate and his accuracy does not impact his audience.
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