My experience at a Trump rally

Story by: Connor Curts, staff writer
Photo by: Mackenie Carpenter, Photo Editor

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When Donald Trump visited Indiana shortly before the Indiana Primary elections at the beginning of May, I was able to attend one of his rallies which was held in Indianapolis at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. I went with two of my friends, and we showed up around 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. When we walked in, the amount of security was crazy. There were secret service agents everywhere.

When we discovered that we had the opportunity to walk down to the floor of the arena, where there was standing room only, we decided to take the chance. Long story short, my spot for the rally was 10 feet away from the stage, and I was lined up exactly with the podium.

We weren’t sure what to expect from the people at the rally, as many of our friends had told us to stay safe, thinking the Trump supporters would be violent. I am pleased to say they were the complete opposite. Instead, what we found was that they were some of the nicest people you will ever meet. I had the pleasure of meeting a man named Gale Roberts from Montana, who runs a website and campaign called “Hillary’s Lies Matter,” with the sole intention of making sure Hillary Clinton is not elected. Roberts goes to every single Trump rally, following him around the country. At the time of this rally, he had logged 7,000 miles on his rental car.

During Trump’s speech, I found that he did not lash out and say anything dumb, silly, or offensive. Instead, he spoke intelligently, while still getting the crowd fired up in the classic Trump way. He would leave the stage to chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump!” and I can honestly say that it was nothing less than an insane experience.

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Sanders rally

Story by: Ian Carson, Editor in Chief
Photo by:Mackenzie Carpenter, Photography Editor

Bernie rally

I recently had the pleasure of attending a rally for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders in Indianapolis. It was a very positive experience, and it only confirmed my furthered support for the candidate. Being my first political rally, it was also an interesting chance to take in the atmosphere and compare it to what I have seen of rallies for Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

The rally started around 7, but I arrived at about 5. Monument circle was already packed with supporters for the candidate, cheering with signs and singing songs. There were a number of performers who kept the atmosphere alive with folk music before Sanders arrived. In addition, the main Sanders organizer for the area, a local IPS English teacher, gave a short speech about her support for Sanders before he arrived.

There was something different about this rally that what I have seen of Trump’s rallies. There was more of a sense of community among the members. Of course most of us were there to see Bernie Sanders, but we were also there to support each other. At Trump rallies it often seems like the members gather in some sort of weird, adulative ceremony for Trump, fuling his ego.

Sanders finally arrived, by way of helicopter, which was the only viable mode of transport considering he was campaigning in Fort Wayne a few hours earlier. In his speech, Sanders focused primarily on his plans to improve America, rather than speaking about other candidates. It is notable that Trump’s speeches are often accusatory. Although Sanders had points in his speech where he accused others for contributing to problems in America, they were not the focus of his speech. He also laid out his plans to cover the cost of his plans, something which candidates have attacked him for not doing.

MV students who attended the rally had positive opinions.

“I thought that Sander’s speech was powerful and really moving,” said Geneva Pleasant, 11.

All in all, the Sanders rally was a success and I am glad to have been able to attend.

Mudslinging at its finest

Story by: Sydney Blankenship, staff writer
Photo of Cruz by: Sydney Blankenship, staff writer
Photo of sign by: Amanda Wiggins, staff photographer

Ted Cruz

On March 31, 2016, a video appeared in the “What’s Hot” section on Youtube of Ted Cruz on Jimmy Kimmel’s show. The clip of the interview was definitely funny. While I am not a fan of Ted Cruz myself, the words he had to say about Donald Trump did have me chuckling.

Cruz said that if he sees Trump in his rearview mirror while backing up, he would not know which pedal to press. His joke, although funny, showed how brutal the run for presidency is. I have not been following politics as much as I should be, but it seems to me that they are insulting each other more than talking about actual issues that need to be fixed. No matter what they say though, someone will think they are wrong. Everyone believes their opinion or method is right.

I do give credit to all of them. It takes serious guts and determination to run for the presidency. They have to deal with people not liking them and attacking everyone they know. But it is another thing when the attacking comes from the candidates, or, at least, Donald Trump. He has been attacking not only Cruz’s policies, which is normal, but also his family.

trump signTrump was not meant to be a politician. He should have just stayed on “The Apprentice,” complaining about how he only had a small loan of a million dollars.

Then, there is John Kasich, who only has one percent of the votes, sitting in the background in his own little world trying to get more voters.

Now I do not necessarily know what is going on in the Democratic side of politics, mainly because my parents love talking about Cruz. It seems like there is a good debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. There has been drama and mudslinging, do not get me wrong, but I feel as though the only super interesting thing that happened was the bird that flew up to Sanders, dubbing him Birdie Sanders. They are not as cutthroat as the Republicans, or, should I say, Donald Trump.

Overall, the competition is brutal on the Republican side. The closer we are to the end of the election, the more cutthroat it will be. In my opinion, whoever the president is will probably send people running and scream, demanding that they are correct. There is no winning here, only losing.

Trump on abortion

Story by: Emme Longman, staff writer

Donald Trump recently stated that his view on abortion is if it becomes illegal, then the women who have one should “have some sort of punishment.”

What kind of punishment would he inflict on women?

“I think it is wrong; I think it’s absurd that women should be punished for wanting or getting an abortion,” said Cody Smitley, 10.

Politicians should have no say in what and what not a woman choses to do with her life.

Would we want to elect a person that is over controlling and thinks that he knows what is best for everyone?

Trump has clearly stated that he is very pro-life and hates abortion, but has a hard time explaining his stance, which has changed very drastically within the last decade. On October 24, 1999, Trump stated, “I’m very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debating about the subject. But you still – I just believe in choice.”

 Is it possible that he changed his stance to get more attention drawn onto him, or did he change it for his supporters? Trump’s seemingly constant change in opinion just furthers the belief that he is undependable and it is nearly impossible to believe anything .

What happened to his past thinking? Changing his stance suggests that he is willing to change his opinion to make his supporters happy, and changing for the people is something that can be seen as a positive quality or a very negative and unreliable quality.

His claim is that he is pro-life with “caveats-life of a mother, incest, or rape.” If the woman who is trying to get an abortion is raped, then she should not be denied the right to have one. But he could then deny the right to a poor high school kid that made a mistake and is not ready or have the funds to mother a child? That is just plain not fair. Picking and choosing who can and cannot have an abortion is the real problem. It is social injustice, and separates people into the worthy and the unworthy.

His opinion can be easily swayed and changed to please the people, but how does he really feel? Maybe one day in the distant future he will be able to make up his mind and tell everyone his true stance, or maybe he will just drop out.

China can’t take a joke

Story by: Carly McWilliams, staff writer
Photo by: Amanda Wiggins, staff photographer

China

China caused a controversy this past April 1 when their state media declared a ban on April Fools jokes.

The news agency Xinhua announced through social media that “‘Fools’ Day’ is not consistent with our cultural tradition or socialist core values. We hope you will not believe, create, or spread rumors.”

Many replies to the post were humorous, some even mocking. One user commented that the announcement was “the funniest thing today,” while another even said, “The most amusing ‘April Fools’ news is that Xinhua is seriously saying ‘don’t believe rumours’.”

Within hours, the post had been shared over 8,600 times. After receiving the uproar of responses, Xinhua blocked all comments and shares on their post.

Keeping current on current events

Story by: Sydney Shurman, Reviews Editor

The current state of politics is an interesting one, to say the least. Currently in the running are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democrats, and Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and John Kasich for the Republicans.

On the Democratic side, not many people could have guessed that one of the candidates would be a self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist.” However, Bernie Sanders has actually gained far more support than I would have suspected. He has managed to get many younger Americans on board with his political campaign, especially with his promise of affordable higher education.

As a liberal, I believe that many of his ideas could benefit our country, but the term Socialist tends to be off-putting to quite a few Americans. Unfortunately for supporters like me, this means that Sanders has been unable to garner enough delegates so far, especially with most of the superdelegates pledged to Clinton. Superdelegates have quite a bit of sway, since they are free to vote however they choose, or however their party wants them to.

According to Real Clear Politics, Hillary has a total of 1,712 delegates, with 1,243 coming from the American people and 469 coming from the Democratic Party’s superdelegates. Sanders only has a total of 1,004, with 975 coming from Americans and 29 coming from superdelegates. While he may sadly be losing, there is still a chance that he can win the nomination, and he has still managed to get enough support to cause quite a stir and prove that there are plenty of people who want change. Or perhaps some people are just afraid of the Clintons’ corruption.

The Republicans have no shortage of controversy with their candidates either. In a shocking turn of events, Donald Trump has been consistently leading in the Republican polls. A man who had his own reality television show, talks about building a wall every five minutes, and is a businessman who has gone bankrupt four times is the current leader in the Republican party.

Whatever issues I or anyone else may have with Trump, he has managed to gather a huge following. Out of the 1,237 delegates needed to win, Trump has 739. This is probably for the same reason that Bernie Sanders has gotten support: people want change.

“I think the American political system is corrupt, and I think we need a political revolution,” said Geneva Pleasant, 11. “There should be more than two political parties, because those do not cover what everyone wants.”

The other Republican candidate that promotes change is Ted Cruz, and he is quickly gaining momentum. Coming up in a close second with 465 delegates, he might be the only person able to give Trump a run for his money. The only problem is, he might not be any better than Trump. Cruz’s solution to a problem seems to be to simply shut down the government, which would not really get much done.

Rubio recently announced his shocking departure from the Republican race, leaving Trump, Cruz, and Kasich as the only Republican candidates. Kasich is trailing far behind Trump and Cruz though, leaving me wondering why he is even still in the race.

The 2016 election has no lack of entertainment value, but witty quips and shocking statements are not enough to run a country. It seems that people are more and more disillusioned with how our government is run, and rightfully so. However, change can come in many forms, and not all of them are positive.

Top 5 reasons to be politically aware

Story by: Dakota Fisher, Sports Editor

Being politically aware is hard, especially when you are young. Older generations often underestimate the power of young people who are politically aware and it can be hard to convince anyone otherwise. Here are a few reasons to be politically aware, even though no one wants you to be.

  1. The Future.

Even though the Baby Boomers and GI Generation like to say that they were the last good generation and that our generation will be the downfall of American society, they could not be more wrong. Paying attention to what is going on in the big scary world of politics and using your voice to stand up for what you believe in and how you want your government to be run is important to safeguard the future of America.

  1. Preparing for 18.

Minors often have the mindset that since they are not eligible to vote yet that they do not need to worry about politics, but I could not disagree more. Knowing what is going on in your government can make you aware that are changing and laws that are being passed that may affect you. Even minors are affected by laws and although you may not be a legal adult, it is still important to be prepared for what you will face when you go out into the real world.

  1. Reassurance

In my 16 years, not once have I met someone who does not want to make their own decisions. Having a say, or at least an opinion about what is going on in my life is a great feeling and being aware of what is going on on the world of politics is, for me, very reassuring. Even though I can’t vote yet, I can still use my voice to promote the people I would want to represent the country I live in. Knowing what is going on in the government can give you a sense of freedom, if you will, that can help you to better understand the world around you.

  1. Ignorance, or lack-thereof

It’s really hard to be taken seriously when you do not know who the vice-president of the United States, and yes I have actually met people who do not know that Joe Biden is the VP. I suppose the point I am trying to make here is that ignorance is not bliss. Being ignorant is not cute or funny, despite what some people think. Ignorance is just laziness trying to disguise itself.

  1. It’s Easy

It is a common misconception that being politically oriented is hard, but really, it’s as easy as riding a bike. There are infinite amounts of resources available to you; from peers, to TV to online news outlets, there is no shortage of information about the world of politics. It is not hard in the slightest to educate yourself or to have someone educate you about politics. I know for a fact that here at MV there are people willing to talk about politics for days on end. You need only ask.

Trump gets trumped

Story by: Ian Carson, Editor in Chief

Adding to a lengthy list of political blunders, or as some see them, political successes, Donald Trump has once again managed to create a PR scandal– but this time, for himself.

Trump scheduled a press conference in preparation to announce that he is receiving support from over one hundred black ministers across the nation. The move was part of an effort to appeal to the black minority in the United States, which largely supports the Democratic party. Trump sent out invitations to several ministers to come to a meeting with him to discuss his endorsement.

Earlier this year, Trump held many smaller meetings with black ministers, some of whom ended up supporting him. They all stated that Trump did not make any sort of monetary donation to the church.

However, things fell short of Trump’s expectations. Several ministers refused to meet with Trump, some even denounced the invitation. As a result, Trump canceled the press conference, which was met with a strong media response as he had been advertising the conference beforehand.

Donald Trump gets trumped

Story by: Ian Carson, Editor in Chief

Adding to a lengthy list of political blunders, or as some see them, political successes, Donald Trump has once again managed to create a PR scandal– but this time, for himself.

Trump scheduled a press conference in preparation to announce that he is receiving support from over one hundred black ministers across the nation. The move was part of an effort to appeal to the black minority in the United States, which largely supports the Democratic party. Trump sent out invitations to several ministers to come to a meeting with him to discuss his endorsement.

Earlier this year, Trump held many smaller meetings with black ministers, some of whom ended up supporting him. They all stated that Trump did not make any sort of monetary donation to the church.

However, things fell short of Trump’s expectations. Several ministers refused to meet with Trump, some even denounced the invitation. As a result, Trump canceled the press conference, which was met with a strong media response as he had been advertising the conference beforehand.