Catching up on Trump
Donald Trump has been serving as president of the United States of America for over a year now. He presides over a deeply divided country, one that can’t seem to agree on anything. One thing it can agree on mostly, however, is that Trump is not doing as good of a job as he should be. A Gallup poll released this week puts Trump’s approval rating at approximately 38 percent, 10 percentage points under any other president’s first-year approval rating. This approval rating is due to the expected substantial number of democrats who disapprove of the Trump presidency, but is also partly due to the lack of approval coming from independents.
Surprisingly, there is nothing out of the ordinary regarding the ratings of Republicans, despite what the collective approval rating may suggest. According to the Gallup poll 83 percent of Republicans approve of Trump’s first year in office, 34 percent of Independents approve of his first year in office and a staggeringly low eight percent of Democrats approve of his performance in office. Understanding Trump’s presidency so far shows just how the country has become so divided.
Trump’s presidency had a turbulent start. Right out of the gate he came out with the travel ban, which attempted to authorize the keystone pipeline. Overall, this meant to change much of what his predecessor had been doing. There were protests in the streets, chaos and outrage. And it did not subside. Throughout the year, Trump made a string of controversial statements and acts.
Some examples include his proposed a temporary ban on all non-U.S. Muslims entering the country. And while he has since stopped talking about such things, he has imposed new laws on tourists and immigrants alike. Regarding healthcare, Trump has made clear that Obama-care is “dead,” yet Trump hasn’t managed to kill it. Republicans have attempted numerous times to repeal it but to no avail. Although his tax bill does cut taxes for corporations and personal income, it is not all he promised. The cuts aren’t as great as he said they would be and it favors the wealthy a bit too much. Regarding trade, the United States has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, so there’s one promise he made good on. He, of course, attempted to ban transgender Americans from entering the military and, to top it all off, we still don’t have a wall on the southern border.
The good news is that most of these things are normal of any Republican President. Tax cuts, pulling out of trade deals, stricter immigration laws and the pursuit of a new healthcare system are all things Republican Presidents strive to implement some of this, at least, isn’t out of the ordinary. And in other good news the country’s unemployment is at a 17-year low and the stock market is soaring.
Americans seemingly now more than ever, only focus on the negatives, and while it can be hard to ignore the latest tweet from President Trump, we must realize that he is our president, the leader of our country. He may be odd, and he may act strange, but not everything is as bad as we make it out to be. In times as divided as they are now, coming together, respecting our differences and showing compassion are of utmost importance. Overall, the next three years, at least policy-wise, look to be sparse, yet generic.
Kyle Durant, a sophomore, studies English. He is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.