Yes, that wasn’t a dream (or nightmare.) The election results are correct. Donald John Trump is the new President of the United States Of America and by that definition the new leader of the free world. These elections have caused the entire world to stand up and take notice. This is because both these candidates have been controversial and have not been afraid to dig up dirt on their competitor. This has made this presidential race one of the ugliest in the history of the country. Now that the dust has settled, a lot of people are still in shock of the outcome. But, is it as bad as people think it’s going to be?
America is currently in a state of disbelief; the hashtag “he’s not my president” has been trending, and protests are erupting all across the country. Those that voted for Trump, on the other hand, are euphoric and see this as the country finally setting itself on the right path. The truth lies somewhere in between both these opposites. Firstly, there is no way to judge how accurately Trump will fare as president. He has offended minorities, world leaders, and entire religions in equal measure. But there’s no saying that he couldn’t turn it all around.
The reason many people are terrified of the Trump backlash is because of his potentially volatile relations with other states. Trump has vowed to send back illegal immigrants to their countries as he is elected. He has promised to cancel visas to countries that refuse to take their citizens back. His statements on Mexicans being drug dealers and perpetrators of many crimes have not gone down well with anyone. He promised to build a wall across the border to prevent illegal immigrants. Scotland revoked his appointment as a Scottish Business Ambassador. The entire Middle East is up in arms as he has vowed that Muslims in the country will have to wear identity tags to confirm they are not part of a terrorist agenda.
This is why many people see the Trump presidency as the possible start of World War III. His angry reactions to anyone that dares to oppose him has made him seem like someone too emotionally fragile to be in charge of the largest nuclear arsenal in the world. His critics will also point to his businesses and his many failed ventures. It’s also true that four of his companies have filed for bankruptcy, however, the extent and details are widely speculated.
But, Trump has been championed for his promise to reduce taxes for the middle classes. He has also promised to reduce the cost of healthcare. One of the major criticisms of Obamacare is that it is unaffordable for those that don’t qualify for reduced rates. He has also promised to scale back outsourcing of American jobs and has highlighted Chinese manufacturing and Indian customer service as two areas that Americans should be handling. This, he says will reduce unemployment and create more wealth for the nation. He’s also a republican president with a republican majority in the house; this allows his decisions to be swiftly passed through the house.
Whether you admire the man or loathe him, President Trump is here to stay. America and indeed the rest of the world will have to bear the consequences of his actions over the next four years. How those four years will turn out is as yet undecided. Armageddon? That maybe a bit too extreme. Optimism? We aren’t quite there yet either. What we can all do is simply wait and see.
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