An open letter to American McGillians

Let’s make McGill great again

There’s just a month to go before America goes to the polls.

Americans studying at McGill University make up about 20.5% of our student body. While there are a couple more debates left before voting commences on 8th of November, I come here in my Canadian gladiator outfit. Highlighting vital points that could change and or guide Americans to the ballots.

On September 26th, we witness a debate filled with theatrics and ignominy. The debate was precisely the Super Bowl of politics, as there were about eighty million viewers tuned in. It came to no surprise that Donald Trump will up his antics, and we expected Hillary Clinton to slay her opponent.

McGillians, are you prepared for the season premiere of Keeping Up With America?


Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary Clinton listen during the presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Pool via AP)

The disbelief from the Bill and Chelsea Clinton having to witness Trump speak his mind.


America, for the last thirteen months, has been in a state of shock. The past year was all jokes and small-minded insults from Trump’s side. It’s all in the past now, no one is taking the last laugh. But in a month’s time, America could elect a president who has no political experience, refers to women as objects and claims that not paying taxes apparently makes him “a better business man”.



Donald Trump firing at Cher.


Hillary Clinton argued that “A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes”. While we can all agree with her claim, it just highlights how far the candidates have come. On the Democratic side there is precedent and persistence which provides a clear understanding of how the party demonstrates it’s principles. While on the Republican side, there has been much antics throughout the process of the U.S elections, and the facts are themselves.

Further more, Melania Trump had made an unpleasant first impression at the Republican Convention, blatantly plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech. We all can agree that Melania does not have a strong suit for English, but taking segments off another speech makes us question her integrity, and for that we hold her accountable.


Be the judge yourself.



Melania Trump plagiarizes portions of Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic Convention speech.


Throughout the first presidential debate, Trump looked defeated, couldn’t answer simple questions, and when he tried to it was either by interrupting Hillary Clinton or by mentioning China or Mexico. One of the questions asked at the debate by Lester Holt, who served as the moderator, was quite simple; “How will you bring more jobs into our economy”, Trump responded in his old fashion way, and claimed “We should bring back all the companies that left America”. This struck me because Trump didn’t have any plan, nor any policy on hand that could show how he will reform the economy to meet the demands of the gap in the market. Trump on several counts tried backtracking remarks he had said during his presidential run, but it was too late for him to clarify or take back his comments, as we all know, the elections are a month away.

Here is an advertisement Trump made regarding his ‘university’.


As a Finance student, I took offence when Trump claimed “We deliver the best in business education”. McGill please don’t take this as an insult. Trump University never got ranked in its history. I must remind you, McGill is ranked 1st in Canada, and 24th overall.

Over the course of Trump’s campaign, he has let self-hate spread, which caused the American people to divide themselves. As a Montreal native, and a McGill student, I encourage you not to vote for a man who can divide a nation in a matter of months. Just imagine if he becomes the President, if he can do that to America, what can he do to the rest of us?

Donald Trump, who has no knowledge of the constitution, also lacks the principles and fundamentals of history and the facts. Clearly for this specific reason, he does not deserve the presidency.

Finally, Trump on number of occasions proved he can make ruthless comments on religions and people of colour. He has a track of record of being a racist, and uninformed throughout the years. Being precarious about facts could come with a cost, and having Trump in the White House at this current state won’t be good for America.

Recently, The Washington Post obtained a video of Donald Trump and Billy Bush conversating in vulgar terms about woman back in 2005. All of the content was captured on a hot microphone, both of the individuals are caught talking about groping, kissing and sex. While nobody seems surprised about the remarks he has made, Trump has built a reputation of being ill-mannered towards woman and he brought that on board on his campaign run. The video shook the landscape of his presidential run, as he mentioned he tried to seduce a married woman and failed. Donald Trump throughout the video continued to talk in a vulgar tone about woman, sparking outrage throughout the United States.

One of the most shocking moments of the video is when Trump proudly said “When you’re a star, they let you do it”, this defines Trump’s character in a much larger scale than we all thought. No public figure should feel they have the freedom to speak in such disregard about woman. Trump has reached a new low in his political and business career, currently five points behind Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was this video the final wake up call for America? Is this it for Trump?

You can watch the entire footage below.


Do not let POTUS down, this could possibly be your last good President for sometime. 


President Barack Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, Saturday, April 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)







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