2/03/2016

Donald Trump - Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again (Book Review)


My grandmother bought Donald Trump's book, Crippled America for my little brother as a Christmas gift, but because of Trump's representation in the media, my brother refused to read it. That didn't stop me, though. Before leaving to head back to Charleston, I grabbed the book and threw it in my suitcase. I read it last week and now I'm going to try to be as objective as possible when talking about it. Because, you know, politics and stuff.

I want to start by saying that I enjoyed the book, and it gives what seems to be a more accurate representation of Mr. Donald than is portrayed in the media. He still comes off as a bit cocky, but he makes some really good points about the current state of our country, and he doesn't seem like a total bigot as many media outlets (I'm looking at you, Fox News) make him out to be.

What I like about Donald Trump is the fact that he is funding his campaign on his own dime, refusing to take money from any lobbyists. That's awesome because we get to hear his own personal opinion on things, not what some rich guy paid him to say. In fact, he is a rich guy who used to help fund campaigns, so he used to be in the place of the lobbyists. You gotta respect a guy for speaking his mind, and I think a lot of what he says makes sense.

Besides the fact that a vast majority of Trump supporters on the internet are some of the most narrow-minded, ignorant buffoons I have ever come into contact with, I find myself siding with him on many issues. Mostly the fact that the U.S. Congress is constantly in a state of gridlock which stops anything from getting done. What we really need in D.C. is some unity and agreement amongst our leaders. Is Trump the guy who can make that happen? Who knows.

Trump talks extensively about immigration in his book, inserting reminders of his immense success as a businessman in between. He gets a lot of flack for his views on immigration, but I do think he has a good point. There is a system in place for legal immigration, yet a lot of people simply sneak over the border and come into our country. He proposed that we build a wall between here and Mexico, which does kind of sound absurd but I don't see why it would be a bad idea. It would make the border easier to manage, as well as create jobs during the building process.

At the end of Crippled America, Trump includes a list of all of his business successes which spans quite a few pages. He owns golf courses, hotels, and all sorts of buildings around the entire world, and he is sure to remind us of it. While this is cocky, I don't see it as a bad thing. He did succeed, and maybe he could do well for our economy, too. That is, if he doesn't piss off the whole world in the process.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in learning about Donald Trump and his views. I'm not saying he would make the best president, but I don't think he would be the worst, and he might just do a good job. The way things are going, there's a decent chance he at least wins the Republican nomination, and he may even become our next president. He has a ton of supporters and an equal amount of haters, and it'll be interesting to see how the rest of his campaign plays out.

Rating: 7/10

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