People hate Donald Trump. They really, really hate him. But people love Donald Trump. They really, really love him. He is seen as a wall-building maniac but also as a liberator of truth and pragmatism. He is doing politics like they have never been done before: he speaks freely to sold-out venues and openly criticizes news anchors on live TV. But most important of all, he is changing the way we think about things, whether we like it or not.
The Trump Administration is shrouded in misconceptions. He is compared to Hitler on social media and was even burned in effigy on YouTube, all for something he never said. In a Yahoo interview on Thursday, November 19, Donald Trump was asked, “Do we need unwarranted searches of Muslims?”, to which he responded, “We are going to have to do some things that were frankly unthinkable a year ago”. The interviewer then asked, “Do you think we might need to register Muslims in some type of database, or note their religion on their ID?”, to which Trump gave another vague answer, “We’re going to have to look at things very closely. We’re going to have to look at mosques.” Following the interview, the news and social media erupted into a belligerent frenzy, accusing him of wanting to force Muslims to register into a federal database- none of which he ever said and, even more importantly, did he even bring up. It was the interviewer who thought of placing Muslims into a database, not Trump. Following the interview, the internet (including mainstream news outlets) claimed that in the interview, Trump said he wanted Muslims to wear armbands that would identify them as Muslims. These claims drew inevitable comparisons of Trump to Hitler and worried people into thinking that a Nazi was running for president. The rumors gained ground very quickly despite being completely false. As anyone can see, his answers were very vague and it’s very difficult to draw conclusions one way or another on how he feels towards Muslims. For the countless interviews in the weeks following, Trump was drilled with the same questions, but he countered them in his previous ambiguous fashion. Therefore, it is very difficult to determine his exact position on presidential topics as his ambiguity carries over to many debates and interviews and blurs the line for reporters, allowing for mainstream media to misconstrue his words and contort many peoples’ view of the leading Republican presidential candidate.
Though some of these rumors are created from wild assumptions, plenty can be attributed to Trump’s endless need to spout things from his mouth like a middle school water fountain, such as his intense public admiration towards his daughter and his tendency to stereotype illegal immigrants. Regardless, these media-generated rumors and self-incriminating comments have no effect on the front runner, as Trump is still leading the polls in an unusual manner.