Trumping the Election?

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Trumping the Election?

Tej Shah and Merwan Yeditha

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People looked at the polls, anxious of what could be. Election Day had come and gone, and the final results were reported. In an unlikely turn of events, Hillary Clinton, the  favorite, had lost to Donald Trump. Her mere 232 electoral college votes paled in comparison to Trump’s 302 electoral college votes. Previously a real-estate mogul, Donald Trump had become the 45th president of the United States.

On January 20, Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States in a ceremony that was surrounded in controversy. Several Congressmen chose not to attend the inauguration, and several A-list entertainers chose not perform. When the inauguration started, former President Barrack Obama offered his farewell to the American people. Trump’s powerful inauguration speech bore resemblance to several of his speeches given in his rallies, and was thematically similar to his campaign’s major rhetoric. The speech was highlighted by his vow to “take power away from Washington and give it back to the people.” Much of President Trump’s speech was centered around the idea of making decisions to benefit the American people. He stated, “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.” Some of the steps that he has promised to take include improving our infrastructure, creating new jobs in America, improving the education system, and cleaning up poorer, inner-city regions. The centerpiece for much of President Trump’s campaign, the border wall, was not mentioned in his inauguration speech, though he did touch upon defending our borders. He ended the speech with his popular campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”

Being the single most powerful man is no easy feat; let us take a look at some of the policies that Trump plans to establish while in office. One of his most radical changes will be his tax plan. Unlike many presidents that have preceded him, Trump aspires to reduce taxes all across the board; ironically, the biggest tax cuts will be given to the most affluent. He believes that this incentive will offer more opportunities to save money, and in turn, allow for individuals  to use this money to invest. His hope is that  this plan will provide tax relief to the middle class and grow the American economy. Trump’s most known idea is the construction of the wall along the Mexican border.  Although likely improbable, Trump believes that Mexico will pay a hefty sum to build the wall that will close them off. Trump and his administration is working hard to develop better policies and “Make America Great Again!” His highly controversial stances have led to protest and unrest.  Morris Hills student Supreet Siddhu said, “I think he has good intentions, but his thought process is flawed. His decisions are very bold but not rational.”