Since the day he announced his bid for the presidency, we haven’t stopped talking about Republican nominee Donald Trump. And we’re giving this man exactly what he wants — attention.

The media is obsessed with him, we are obsessed with him, the world is obsessed with him. Social media crawls with orange-faced memes and millennials eagerly ranting about how awful he is, even if they probably haven’t watched the debates or know about his policies. The split between political parties is no longer Democrat vs. Republican, but rather the Trump-haters vs. the Trump-supporters.

To be clear and concise, his entire campaign is suited for a time when white men ruled the world. Sorry to all those in favor of a life in the 1940s, but we can’t go back. We’ve progressed too far for old ways to work in anyone’s favor.

I chose not to watch the debate last week. Does that make me uninformed, uneducated, uninterested? I don’t think so. It seems there isn’t much being said to sway a person from one side to the other. We already know what kind of a person both candidates are, yet debate after debate, we watch as policy discussion is sacrificed for more personal banter.

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For the masses that watch the debate just to get angry and rant about it, you’re just adding to the hyped up muddle of hate toward Trump. It’s quite redundant and what comes out of his mouth is not surprising to say the least.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to belittle the ones who are actually concerned and angered by his policies and responses. I, too, cannot believe millions support what is freely coming out of his mouth.

But there’s little reason to stress yourself over his uneducated tangents. It’s unfortunate that people are paying so much attention to his ridiculous statements as if his opinions actually matter. Trump’s chances are so slim, he is no longer a presidential candidate, rather a celebrity who thrives on attention. At this point, he is indifferent to whether his assertions make sense, are moral or beneficial to his campaign because he has learned people will listen to him no matter what. As citizens of the United States, we are fully engaged in Trump’s performance.

While I agree Trump should have never come this far in the election, it’s always important to learn from failed events. Though twisted, having Trump publicly and loudly announce deplorable statements did some good — he woke us up.

He has spat out too many racist comments to count and contrived more misogynistic comments than I could’ve ever dreamed of, but there are people in the United States who believe and live by these opinions. 

There are poignant indicators of discrimination, from police brutality, to Native American mascots to women being penalized for breastfeeding in public, that are happening today. So maybe the brashness of our Republican nominee is furthering our awareness of current discrimination. Perhaps the ridiculousness and corrupt nature of politics is rising to the surface.

Unfortunately for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, she continues to be compared to Trump and labeled as unfit for president, or as a terrible person. Is it an unconscious bias against women? Probably. She certainly has her fair share of shortcomings, but she is more than qualified to serve as president, unlike her opponent.

Americans want somebody who can create enormous changes in our society. But the truth of the matter is that the president doesn’t have to be a game-changer to run a country well.

What we need at this point is someone who is educated, cares about all U.S. citizens regardless of their differences and one who can make rational decisions. Whether you believe Clinton is capable of that or not, the majority can agree she is currently the best choice we have.

We should start focusing more on her plans for America, and less on the publicity stunt on the other side of the debate stage.