The Hoof Print (McDonough, Georgia)
Donald Trump is currently touring the country to debut his presidential candidacy; On Monday, November 30th, he stopped in Macon, GA, and several Ola students attended the event to hear him speak. Timothy Scott Duncan, Jr., 12, is a political aficionado and says he attended the rally because “first-hand experiences drive my passion to vote and I wanted to see what he really says versus what the liberal media propagates” he says, “on top of that, I love to meet famous people.” Duncan is actually planning on voting for Rubio and feels that “Trump is a little too aggressive, over the top, and an arrogant winner.”
Cali McFarland, 12, also attended the rally, this being her second time seeing Trump speak. She had previously intended on voting for trump, “he’s really radical in every aspect, I like his policies, but he just goes way over the top.” She says she wanted to go to this second rally because the rally she had attended previously was more based on economic policy while this rally was more based on his view on social policies. McFarland says, “going the second time made me re-think my ideas like maybe I shouldn’t vote for him.”
Many of the attendees did not seem avid on voting for Trump and seemed more focused on knowing what was happening in the world of politics. Alex Barlowe, 12, says, “I went to be politically informed,” continuing, “He was Trump even before he ran for president, he’s a big guy.” Trump is less than careful about how he words things, making it easy for media and political opposition to twist what he says. Barlowe says, “Trump is inspecific; he’s not careful with what he says.” The media tends to have a field day making a fool of political candidates. Barlowe says “it was packed, there were 8,000 seats full and people were sitting and standing wherever there was room,” he added, “When I got home and watched the news they had taken pictures before anyone had gotten there; it’s ridiculous.”
Young Political advocates should take every opportunity available to understand who and what they’re voting for beyond political parties and candidate popularity. Luke Iddings, 12, stated, “I’m conservative and wanted to hear what he had to say; on top of that, I hadn’t ever experienced anything like that.” Iddings also stated “Trump isn’t entirely mentally sound,” and states that he, too, would vote for Rubio.
Every candidate has their drawbacks, but the opportunity to hear in an unadulterated way what they’re saying is the best way to make politically responsible decisions. All those who attended got something positive out of the experience. Students are taking opportunities to make informed decisions for their future and showing their genuine concern for the direction they believe America should head in.
Photo Credit: Michael Vadon