On April 26, Connecticut voters headed to the polls to select their preferred candidate for the Connecticut Primary. Republican frontrunner Donald Trump easily took home the 28 delegates. The 69-year-old also claimed Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island and Delaware.
According to the Associated Press, Trump entered the contest with 845 delegates, followed by Ted Cruz at 559 and John Kasich at 148.
Since the primary, both Cruz and Kasich have stepped down from their candidacy.
At an April 15 rally in Hartford, Trump discussed the recent actions by Governor Malloy. Due to excessive taxes on businesses that continue to pile up, many are leaving the state. For General Electric, a declining manufacturing industry has forced the company to move its Fairfield office to Boston. General Electric is a major employer for Connecticut and in departure will further affect taxes throughout the state.
“I know Hartford. I’ve lived in Connecticut. I love Connecticut,” Trump said. “You can’t lose General Electric, you just can’t. I don’t know what happened. I will say this, if I were governor, I wouldn’t be losing General Electric, that I can tell you.”
Connecticut’s main issue is this: taxes, taxes and more taxes. According to forbes.com, “after winning re-election in 2014, Malloy proceeded to disregard his promise to voters, as well as the pleadings of GE and other vital in-state employers to not raise taxes. President Obama famously broke his promise not to raise taxes on middle and lower income Americans just 16 days after taking office in 2009. It took Malloy six months to break his tax pledge to Connecticut voters when he signed into law a $1.5 billion tax hike last June that triples the sales tax on data processing, while hitting GE and other Connecticut employers with a combined reporting requirement increasing their corporate tax liability.”
For the Republican party it is simple: we need an individual who can avoid promising things unless he is sure it can be done. It’s no surprise that Trump won. Connecticut voters are fed up and the primary proved that.
I am proud to be a Republican and yes I voted for Trump. Does it mean I support his racism, slander and rude comments? No. He is a 2016 presidential candidate. I recently told a classmate that I supported Trump and she said, “Can I slap you?” No, you may not slap me, but you can do the research and sit down with me so that we can have an educated discussion on the future of this country.
For those individuals who are sickened by Trump: yes, you have a right to be. But consider doing some research on one of Trump’s speeches that expresses his plans and thoughts. He has ideas and a way to get them done.
Megan Brawner, Editor-in-Chief
Senior Megan Brawner is the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is the captain of the cross country team and runs Indoor and Outdoor Track. She participates in Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Club and is the secretary of the Senior Class. She is the Editor of Key Club. She will attend Central Connecticut State University to study Business next fall.