It has been a little over a month since Donald Trump stunned the nation – and the world- by winning the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Trump was arguably the world’s most polarizing figure, to some he was a crude and intolerable bully, while to others he was a passionate “man of the people.” However, Trump, who was mainly notable for his intense and extreme campaign policies, has since seemed to change his mind on several key policies.
The Prosecution of Hillary Clinton
One of Trump’s most notorious campaign promises was that he was going to hire a “special prosecutor” to investigate Hillary Clinton and her email scandal. He emphatically promised thousands attending his rallies that, if he were elected President, Clinton will be put in jail. The chant “Lock her up” were vociferously echoed at Trump rallies, with many Trump supporters cheering the idea of Clinton in jail.
However, since being elected, Trump has stated that prosecuting Clinton is something “he doesn’t feel strongly about.” He claimed that Clinton are “good people” who had been through a lot and “suffered greatly.” At a recent Trump rally in Michigan, when the usual chants of “Lock her up” began to formulate, Trump, who used to lead the chants, instead stated, “That plays great before the election. Now we don’t care, right?” He apparently has no plan or desire to incarcerate Clinton.
Draining the Swamp
Donald Trump promised millions of his supporters that he would be a “president for all Americans.” He promised to give the ordinary, working class Americans a voice by taking away power from the wealthy elite. Many analysts consider this rhetoric to be the main factor in Trump’s victory.
Instead of taking power away from the elite, Trump’s recent appointments would appear to install more of the same powerful, elite men into his cabinet. Americans who had supported Trump and had hoped that his cabinet would support the working class are likely disappointed by his choices. Recent controversial choices include Steve Mnuchin (Treasury), Scott Pruitt (EPA), and Wilbur Ross (Commerce).
Mnuchin was a former Goldman Sachs employee and Hollywood producer. A millionaire who was dubbed the “foreclosure king”, it seems as if Mnuchin is a wealthy elite that will be wielding a lot of power. He made his fortune foreclosing on home owned by people like many of Trump’s supporters.
As for Pruitt, Trump picked him to be the head of the EPA. Pruitt is a firm disbeliever in climate change and has opposed the EPA for years. He is currently involved in a lawsuit against the EPA. I’ll just let that sink in.
Wilbur Ross, similarly to Mnuchin, is another extremely wealthy man who will likely be gaining more power instead of losing it. Ross is known as the “king of bankruptcy” as many of his businesses have failed over the years.
As Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown states, “This isn’t draining the swamp-it’s stocking it with alligators.”
Donald Trump stated that the first thing he would do when- not if – WHEN elected President, is to repeal the “disaster that is Obamacare.” Trump blasted Obama’s signature healthcare plan for its shakiness and its fluctuating prices. Trump vowed to change and make healthcare better for all Americans by obliterating Obamacare.
However, Trump has stated that he is open to “keep some aspects of Obamacare” and that there were certain parts of Obamacare that he liked. Trump seemed to change from “repeal and replace” to “amend and keep.” It would appear that repealing Obamacare is not going to be easy especially without a replacement plan to continue insuring individuals who are currently insured under Obamacare. While several hard-nosed Republicans are still committed to getting rid of Obamacare, it is likely that the struggle to completely repeal Obamacare will be much harder than it would seem, especially since Trump likes certain features of Obamacare.
Immigration was the centerpiece of Trump’s campaign. Trump promised to form a deportation force to deport millions of immigrants unlawfully present in the U.S. Otherwise, Trump said, “we don’t have a country.” During the election, he even spoke of terminating birthright citizenship. He promised to deport millions of illegal immigrants.
Trump has significantly backtracked on these campaign promises. Now, he appears to be saying that violent criminals who are in the U.S. illegally will be deported. Noticeably absent from his tough deportation talk is what he plans to with illegal immigrants who have not committed violent crime. There is also the softening of his rhetoric on “dreamers.” He recently spoke about how well the dreamers are doing in the U.S. and how it would be harsh and difficult to take adverse action against them.
Trump, recently (and controversially) picked Person of the Year by Time Magazine, is, at this time, President-Elect. There is still time to see whether Donald Trump will fulfill the promises that he made during the election and had won him the election. If he does not fulfill his campaign promises, I am not certain how the voters who voted for him will react.