22 Times The 2016 Presidential Election Was A Dumpster Fire

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4. “I Could Shoot Somebody and Not Lose Voters”

Since this campaign features two people so well known to the world, fanatics are inevitable. But usually, candidates at least attempt to appear moderate to pull in the undecided. However, in this election cycle, Trump seems to have embraced the concept of worship-like devotion.

The most alarming example of this is when Trump made the claim that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose voters. The language of this statement seems ill-conceived in the current political environment, but the idea even more so. Trump appeared to be trying to convey that his support was too strong to challenge. However, it gives a different impression. One, that his supporters do not hold him morally accountable for his actions. Two, that his actions don’t have to match up with the will of the public. His followers accept his actions as valid regards of public good.

The most frightening part of it is that it might be true. It may not apply to everyone as he claims, but enough people. The reverence with which he is sometimes seen makes it appear as though he can do no harm in his supporters’ eyes. Governments can’t work unless they are responding to the public instead of their own ambitions.