Miguel Jontel Pimental (full name), known in the recording industry as simply “Miguel,” has spoken out against Donald Trump and his supporters by saying that it is “f****** ignorant” to vote for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.
Miguel says that Trump is simply getting attention with his various antics from sexist comments to his anti-immigration policy. He goes on to say that it is a “tremendous responsibility for people not to vote for Trump.” The full interview with NME is a clear message that he is against Trump due to his various prejudices.
“I think issues of racial, economic, social, sexual discrimination, these discriminations are a worldwide thing, a human thing… Everywhere there are people that believe that other groups you know, based on however you wanna categorise them are lesser people in some way, shape, or form.”
A regular feature as a parody subject on the popular U.S. comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL), Trump will be hosting the hit comedy on November 7, 2015. Being invited on SNL is a sign that someone has gained not only notoriety, but also some mainstream acceptance — it is a sign that people are open to the guest in their living rooms regardless of their political ideologies. Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, Tea Party head and Donald Trump sidekick, did enjoy a similar privilege, though she has been heavily parodied on the show.
Amy Poehler’s Sarah Palin rap. https://t.co/GdFOQ8Ojsj
— House Speaker Minna (@asiangrrlMN) October 18, 2015
Miguel explains why he believes Trump is so popular.
“[Trump’s] ability to aggregate attention is valuable to a network, a business where advertising is the source of income. And that means you need as much attention as possible.”
Miguel says he wouldn’t appear on “SNL” with Donald Trump, voting for him is ‘f—ing ignorant’ http://t.co/VpIZW6ZmMQ
— billboard (@billboard) October 16, 2015
Petition to remove Donald Trump as ‘SNL’ host surpasses 100,000 signatures: http://t.co/zpFgDmJqT1
— Complex (@ComplexMag) October 18, 2015
— Variety (@Variety) October 13, 2015
Miguel himself goes on to say that he would decline an invitation to host SNL “probably at my own detriment.”
When asked about what political party he did support, Miguel indicated that he did not vote for any single party, and that he wants to vote for a “candidate that wants to do something about the issues that matter.”
Where does Donald Trump stand on the issues?
According to CBS and its coverage of the controversial Republican debate, Trump is outspoken about his anti-immigration stance.
“I want to move them out and we’re gonna move them back in and let them be legal but they have to be here legally.”
Trump also believes that the U.S. should send ground troops to fights Islamic State, he has recently changed his stance to pro-life (he was once “very pro choice,” and he supports women’s health issues. This list of issues does not seem that controversial, but the debate did not take into consideration Trumps’ numerous expression toward individuals).
The New York Daily News lists discusses Trump’s stance on a variety of issues from abortion to environment.
- Anti-immigration: Trump wans to build a “great wall” between the US and Mexico.
- Military: Trump wants to provide more benefits to veterans, and he criticized John McCain — a prisoner of war in Vietnam — saying he was “not a real war hero.”
- Foreign policy: Trump would take a business approach to foreign policy, would deal with Russian president Vladimir Putin and would always get the best deal for America.
- Economy: Trump would like to eliminate taxes entirely according to his 2011 book, Time to Get Tough.
- Same-Sex Marriage: Trump takes a soft position against gay marriage but has indicated his views are “evolving.”
- Abortion: Trump is pro life except in the cases of rape, incest, and the health of the mother.
- Environment: Trump believes global warming is “bull**it.”
- Welfare: Trump would repeal “Obamacare,” although he has written that America “must have universal healthcare.”
And so, looking at the issues, it does not seem on paper that Trump is any more controversial than many of his moderate rivals. The difference is that Trump is personally outspoken and sometimes downright rude to people as when he indicated a Fox News reporter was having her period, and that is why she was hostile toward him. It is perhaps this type of controversial banter by Trump that moves people like Miguel to lambaste him.
Regardless, Trump is growing in popularity, and it is clear that despite Miguel speaking against him, he will be a major contender for the presidency due, albeit paradoxically, to his politically incorrect personality combined with his political views which do not tow any one political ideology and, unlike most of his Republican rivals, change as Trump evolves as a political figure. If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be California governor, then it is not too much of a leap to consider that Trump, despite Miguel’s criticisms, could one day be the next American president.
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