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“Make Liberals Cry Again,” reads one popular (unofficial) bumper sticker of Trump’s 2020 campaign. “I’m anti-Trump because I’m anti-stupid” reads another bumper sticker, this time for the left.

Politics in this country are radically aggressive right now, not only between the left and the right (as shown by the seemingly innocuous bumper stickers), but also within the parties themselves. The most recent Democratic debate, for example, was filled with “gotcha” moments between candidates.

Take the one that news outlets went crazy over: Joe Biden referring to Bernie Sanders as the President. “The president thinks — my friend from Vermont thinks…” Biden said, laughing at his own gaff. The moment is undeniably funny, but should it have been one of the major stories coming out of this debate?

With 10 candidates on the stage last Thursday, the presidential hopefuls threw new and exciting ideas around constantly. These are concepts that may define the country for decades to come, yet we are reporting on the silly Biden mix-up and the controversy around Yang’s $120,000 giveaway.

That is not to say that these moments are not important. They are. These people might be representing the United States on a global scale in the future. But these relatively minor moments are not nearly as important as deconstructing the core beliefs of the people on that stage.

Though entertaining, the framing of elections as a boxing match is not what we need to prosper as a country. Trump—in the early stages of the Republican primaries—was a heavyweight fighting featherweight. He threw out lines that, although wildly offensive, gained media coverage. In 2015, it seemed like every day featured a new funny Trump story.

Next thing we knew, Trump was president of the United States. His master manipulation of the media helped him gain a valuable asset for politicians: air time.

But Americans aren’t stupid. We saw what happened. We now see why voting for the candidate who says “funny” lines and “tells it like it is” may not be the best choice.

Maybe this is why Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are popular in the polls. These are two people who won’t give in to the media’s desire for a political boxing match. These are two people who focus on policy over anything else.

Voting for candidates who focus on policy over one-liners is a step in the right direction, but it’s not the end-all-be-all. We also, as voters and citizens, need to pay attention to more than the person we like.

It’s easy to become enraptured by one candidate, but we must remember that there are 10 people on that stage. Sure, not every one of them has an equal chance of winning, but they are people who will have an important voice in politics over their career. Just because Pete Buttigieg likely will not be the Democratic candidate does not mean he is going to vanish. He will continue to be a vital voice of the party and may even end up in a Cabinet position.

On the other side of the aisle, Republicans aren't even allowing for dialogue. South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas have cancelled their primaries and caucuses, putting Trump's competition at a major disadvantage.

This is censorship by these states' Republican parties. They are trying to remove the voice of representatives speaking out against Trump.

No matter what side of the political spectrum you are on, it is your responsibility as a voter to pay attention to everyone running for president. Familiarize yourself with their beliefs. Look for someone whose goal is not to make liberals cry or proclaim themselves to be anti-stupid; look for someone who will represent all people of this country (not only those who support them).

Jacob Cornblatt is a junior film, television, and media studies major who watches a movie every day. He enjoys laying in a hammock under a palm tree, longing for the suffocating humidity of Gaithersburg, MD.

Kayan Tara is a senior Theatre Arts and English double major from Mumbai, India. In her free time she likes taking naps on the beach, trying new foods and contemplating the vastness of the universe as she drinks way too many cups of tea.

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Wow. A far-Left opinion authored by not a far Leftist, but the entire Loyola Editorial Board. So much for even a pretense of having any diversity of thought on the school newspaper.

I asked an LMU Democrat to name one achievement of President Trump after 3 years. She couldn't. I could name 2,500. Why was the Democrat ignorant of our President's achievement? Simple. She listened to CNN, MSNBC and read the Loyolan as her sources of information.

The Editorial Board mentions Republican censorship. This remark comes as a result of an appalling ignorance of our party system. Political parties are not governmental. So the 1st amendment has no application. And requiring a party to spend millions of dollars to publicize candidates who are unknown and have not proven themselves worthy is wasteful and silly. The Editorial Board ignores that in 2012, Obama ran unopposed in most states. In 2016, Democrats used a "superdelegate" tactic to keep Bernie Sanders out of the running in it's primaries.

Yet the Editorial Board attacks Republicans alone. The only party that acted properly.

But here's what the Loyolan Editorial Board ignores:

Democrats gerrymander (as do Republicans). Democrats manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class. This is NO DIFFERENT from the Democratic Party marrying itself to group identity politics, to protect certain classes or groups. Liberal or Democrat-dominated universities like LMU gerrymander the grading system to protect some groups and exclude others for admission.

Democrats engage in less publicized forms of voter suppression. They flood the electorate with illegals, creating fake ballots, fraudulently registering the dead, setting up BLM to intimidate elderly voters at polls, and many others instances dominated by Democrat culprits), there are many types of gerrymandering (e.g. placing artificial boundaries on college admissions to favor some minorities over others).

Worse, Democrats undermine democracy. As a party, they launched a "resistance" effort to undermine the President because they detested that the People elected Trump and not their candidate. So they plotted with FBI, intelligence and government officials to sabotage the winner of the 2016 presidential election. Simply stated, the Democratic Party did and continues to do everything n its power to thwart the will of the People.

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