Estie Pyper, Staff Writer

John Oliver’s segment on Donald Trump from his show, “Last Week Tonight,” went viral last week. The video dominated my Facebook newsfeed, headlined with bold letters: #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain. In his 20-minute monologue of comedic genius, Oliver begs his audience to stop: stop supporting Trump for the (millions of) wrong reasons, stop encouraging his outspoken, degrading attitude, and stop pretending that his successful business background qualifies him to run a country. It isn’t funny anymore. As a country, we have to listen to Oliver and actually think before we vote.

Here’s the thing: Trump is simply not an experienced politician. And no, you do not necessarily need to be a “politician” to run for president, but having solid experience and knowledge in politics is essential for being the face of a global superpower. Instead, we have the infamous Trump, known for his catchphrase, “You’re fired!” on the hit television show “The Apprentice.” While it was thoroughly entertaining to watch Trump crush the dreams of some bright-eyed contestants a few years ago, I don’t know how comfortable I feel with having the same man organize the government of the United States.

I can see why Trump is appealing. Oliver points out that he speaks his mind, is charismatic, and offers extreme opinions on controversial issues, which Americans love to see in a politician. Yes, these are all fine qualities–to an extent. He provides solid entertainment on television, but one would expect him to behave somewhat respectfully when campaigning for the honor to lead our country. Instead, Trump tends to relentlessly mock his opponents and act like a child on stage. Not only is he rude, but he also often proves to be blatantly sexist and racist, and seems to be unshaken by the fact that he is hurting a large population of Americans each time he speaks.

It is one thing to find these acts entertaining, but do not be a Trump supporter simply because you admire his unapologetic attitude. Please take the time to inform yourself about his stances. If you still agree with his policies and plans for America after that, then vote however you please, but be smart about it. We’re not casting votes for the next big award show host; we’re voting for the President of the United States of America. This person will have an impact on your lives, especially for those of us who are college students about to enter the “real world.”

Don’t be fooled by his name either. “Trump” may sound powerful, but Oliver revealed that a biographer discovered that the name “Trump” was actually changed many years ago from the original “Drumpf,” which sounds significantly worse, in my opinion. So if you’re with me, let’s #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain.

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