Will we actually make America great again, though?
By REUBEN GEORGE-EZUMA
On Nov. 8, 2016, the United States of America will be electing a new president. There is much controversy surrounding both candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Trump is often criticized for his political incorrectness and inexperience in politics, and Clinton is criticized for decisions she made during her role as Secretary of State. Though both candidates have seemingly questionable morals, the question still remains: what would happen if Donald Trump actually won the presidential election?
First, you must look at the policies he has put forth throughout his presidential campaign. Trump has been a vocal opponent of the Obama administration, blaming them for the economic crisis the country has found itself in.
Many believe, including Trump, that because he is a self-made billionaire, his business ideas and ventures could be used to help the country’s economy. Trump has also focused a large amount of his campaign on immigration control, famously calling for a wall to be built between the United States and Mexico, making it even more difficult for illegal immigrants to enter into the United States.
Adding on to his immigration policies, he has previously called for the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants, though he has seemed to waiver on his position regarding that call.
Not only has Trump commented on the specific policies he would have for Mexican immigration, he has also called for in depth background checks of Muslims coming to the United States, going so far as to call for a ban on them entering. Some of Trump’s other views on policy include a major tax code overhaul, getting rid of Obamacare, imposing high import tax tariffs and reforming the Veteran’s Administration.
There is no doubt that Trump is strong willed and will likely attempt to go through with his policies if elected president. That being said, it is obvious that tension will rise amongst Americans if Trump is elected, as it has during his campaign.
Many Americans fear Trump’s policies and think that they are too harsh. There has been much negative attention brought to Trump on issues concerning how he treats women and if he is racist or not. During the presidential debates, when these two concerning issues were brought up, Trump would deny them and then move on, not fully answering the question.
These two things cannot be ignored if Trump becomes president. Race relations in this country are being acknowledged in new and unavoidable ways, and having a president that tends to ignore the problems surrounding race and even contributes to them could eventually put the issues on the back burner and deter the country from making progress. On the other hand, many Americans believe that a Trump presidency could be good for the economy, what with his ideas for fixing the economic crisis.
Overall, there is no clear way to see what exactly would happen if Donald Trump becomes president. Looking at his campaign and policies, along with what he says and how he acts during his campaign can only give us an idea of what will happen if the Nov. 8 election results in a Trump presidency.