OP-ED: Donald Trump, President of the people

by Kaine Pieri

President-elect Donald J Trump’s official policies are still unknown, after a scandalous election campaign though it seems he is making an ideological U-turn.

Mr. All-round-nice-guy Donald J Trump took to the stage yesterday after winning the 270 electoral votes that will land him in the White House.

This came as a shock to a lot of people, the biggest of which was during his speech as President-elect when he spoke of “binding the wounds of division” and bringing “all the Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation […] together as one united people.” after thanking Hillary Clinton, the same person he promised he would lock up just a few weeks before. The speech did not reflect the ideas that some say have divided a nation.

For more than a year now Trump has been omnipresent in the media with his idiosyncratic hand movements, fractioned rhetoric and scandalous statements. From grabbing “women by the p***y” to “building a wall” built and paid for by Mexicans on the US-Mexico border, Donald Trump has made scandalous statements and claims throughout his campaign, but now it seems he may be turning a new leaf.

A statement proposing a total ban on Muslims’ entering the United States on Trump’s official campaign page until at least 5 November disappeared and pictures of Trump holding a rainbow flag representing the LGBT community at a rally emerged after he strongly opposed same-sex marriage during his campaign.

His “Make America Great Again” campaign included punishment for women who had abortions and deporting the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, but bringing the “good” ones back in legally. “I want to move them out, and we’re going to move them back in and let them be legal, but they have to be in here legally,” he said in an interview with CNN.

His campaign also mentioned his plan for dealing with ISIS. “We’re going to declare war against ISIS. We have to wipe out ISIS,” he said during his first interview as a presidential candidate with CBS. Between sending troops to Syria, but keeping them off the ground, and blowing up the oil fields, but stealing all their oil, Trump’s ideas have never been transparent.

Conspiracy theories have emerged all over the internet since his campaign began, some of which were fabricated by Trump himself including the one claiming the election was rigged, a feeling some Clinton supporters may be able to relate to at this moment. One theory could be that Trump is an intelligent mastermind who used divided Americans’ ever-growing wish for extreme changes to get elected.

With hardly any experience in politics Trump still managed to become the 45th president of the US. Now that he is there will he know what to do? His appeal to Republican and right-wing voters follows an ideology that has swept across the western world recently with Brexit serving as an example.

He is the perfect figure for a country that is fed up with the government. He is not afraid to say what he thinks, however bold or offensive; he uses other issues to explain the economic and social crisis in his country like immigrants and opposing political parties; and he was on TV for years.

So now that the country has given him and his buddy Mike Pence power (even though Clinton actually won the popular vote), will he continue with his bold ideas or will these ideas not translate into actions? President-elect Trump could use his executive action to dismantle things like Obamacare, which he has said he would do. Now that Republicans control both houses in Congress, they could act upon the anti-LGBT platforms, such as opposing the ban on “gay” cure therapy or attaching same-sex adoption and marriage. Perhaps these extreme ideas were a ruse to gain support from the riled up unhappy citizens of America who were looking for a dramatic change, or perhaps the president and government will go ahead with them.

Only time and Trump will tell.

NOTE: This op-ed does not reflect the views or opinions of USA-Election2016.

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