Donald Trump is not the candidate the Republican party should have for the 2016 Presidential election. Mr. Trump is not the unifying force that will bring the Republican party together after eight years of not being in control of the White House. Not only has Mr. Trump split the party, he has made Congressional races harder for Republican candidates.
At the start of the 2016 Presidential primaries, the Republican party had 12 candidates in the running for POTUS. From the beginning of the primaries, Donald Trump has been a controversial candidate. Most memorably, Donald Trump burst into a media spectacle through announcing his immigration plan, building a wall between the United States and Mexico that Mexico would pay for and mass deportation. A President that would build walls to solve problems is not a President that America needs. America needs someone who is willing to face things head on, not build walls to deal with them.
Other Republican Primary candidates, like Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush, have spoken about ways to reform immigration. Rubio wants to first secure borders, then have illegal immigrants obtain legal status. He addressed that immigration reform must be done, but not through a single-comprehensive reform bill. Bush also wants to grant illegal immigrants, already in the United States, a pathway to legal status. Although Donald Trump has his positions listed on his website, he does not communicate them effectively during some speeches. Until recently, Mr. Trump was not sticking to his set speech script. The President of the United States must be able to stay on script and clearly deliver their message to Americans and the world. The United States is a world superpower and cannot have leader that cannot communicate. Donald Trump does not represent the full extent of the Republican party. He gave right-wing extremists the platform. Donald Trump makes no effort to campaign on non-partisan issues that could win him undecided voters. Many conservatives are wary to support Trump because of his extremists ways. Many support Trump only because they do not like Hillary Clinton.
Congressional races have become challenging for Republicans in swing states. Often hard-working Republicans in Congress that focus on partisan issues are associated with Trump even though they have constantly denied their endorsement of them. Two scenarios occur because of Trump: people refuse to support a Republican candidate because they support Trump, or people refuse to support a Republican candidate because they do not support Trump. Even if Trump wins the Presidency, if the Republicans do not keep their majority in Congress, multiple important agendas will be halted.
As a conservative who believes in small government, I feel that local elections matter. Local elections affect me first. To me, Trump comes across as not caring about small government because he has not tried to help his fellow Republicans in any way. Small government is a foundation of the Republican party. It does not matter if Trump plans to cut taxes, he cannot get that approved without a Republican Congress. Trump needs to realize that his election is not only centered around him, but the Republican party as a whole.