Has the Presidential Race lost its legitimacy?

Connor Reddington, Reporter

This year’s presidential election has become one of the most controversial in its history. Regardless of your political affiliation, it can be agreed that during this race, candidates have pulled no punches.

We’re all used to the smear campaigns that major frontrunners will put out against each other (especially across party), but during this election season, we’ve seen much more aggressive behavior between candidates in the same party.

While there are only two democrats left in the running, the Republican Party still has five candidates, and between these five we’ve seen a ton of hostility. Trump, Carson, Rubio, Kasich, and Cruz have participated in 10 debates, many of which had candidates who have since dropped out. Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, and Jim Gilmore have all dropped out since February 1.

Trump has stood out as particularly aggressive compared to others, and until he dropped out, aimed his hostility at Jeb Bush. All of this hostility, as well as scandals surrounding several candidates’ legitimacy, has made this year’s election a hard one to get behind and many potential voters are now feeling little hope in finding a candidate they can fully support.