Should Donald Trump be allowed to run for office?


Khalil Stewart is the sports editor for the 2022-23 academic year. He is a 21-year-old junior from Birmingham, Alabama whose major is broadcast journalism. His career ambition is to become a sports commentator.

Khalil Stewart, Staff Columnist

After claiming the 2020 election was stolen from him over the past two years, former President Donald Trump announced this week that he would be running for re-election in 2024.
The way he departed the White House in 2021 will never be forgotten. He defied all norms by not showing up at the inauguration and continued to deny a free and fair election. His words resonated with many Americans and on Jan. 6, thousands of people stormed the capitol in a violent way in an effort to stop the peaceful transition of power.
He literally had people questioning whether or not we were a democracy or a dictatorship. This man changed the position of American president forever. According to, “Six in 10 Americans do not want him to run in 2024.”
There has to be some kind of repercussions for his actions. I personally believe that we should wait to see if he will face charges for the capitol insurrection before we take the steps of letting him even think about any office.
The footage that was released on that day was horrifying to the watch. Casual Americans literally broke into a place that has top flight security. Yes, I understand Trump has the right to free speech, however, when you are in a position like that, there are certain things you just should not say or do. I am going to play the race card for a second, let’s say in 2012 former President Barack Obama had lost the election, and proceeded to tell his voters to storm the capitol.
Currently, Donald Trump is facing a litany of charges.Three criminal offenses relating to the investigation of election fraud and related crimes in Fulton County, Georgia; one offense relating to potential wire fraud stemming from fraudulent representations made to solicit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions after the 2020 election; one perjury offense relating to Trump’s legal efforts to overturn the 2020 election; and three offenses relating to Trump’s unlawful possession of government records at Mar-a-Lago after leaving office.
The reaction by some members of the Republican party has been negative. Recently, former Sen. Mitt Romney said, “We’ve lost three races with him. And I’d like to see someone from the bench come up and take his place and lead our party and help lead the country.”
But then there are some senators, like Sen. Lindsey Graham who believes Trump should run. He recently said, “His speech tonight, contrasting his policies and results against the Biden Administration, charts a winning path for him in the primaries and general election.”
One thing that is noteworthy is the fact that his former vice president, Mike Pence, has not said whether he will run for office or not. However, he told FOX News, “I’m out of politics now, and once you get out of politics, and you move back to Indiana, you realize the American people actually get along pretty well most days, and it is our politics that’s deeply divided.”
I cannot imagine the public allowing an African American to run for office again if he put the country in danger. As a matter of fact, I think that person would be behind prison bars. And even though Pence recently said he believes there are “better candidates” for the presidency, he never said that he would not support Trump if he ran.
The path to the U.S. presidency seems as if it is off to another difficult start. However, I will put nothing past a country that has allowed former football player Herschel Walker to be a Republican nominee for Georgia’s United States senator.