365 Days Have Passed Since Trump was Elected as President. What’s Happened Since?
If you feel like you’ve been living in an alternate universe for the last one year, you’re not alone. A lot has changed since Nov. 8, 2016, when Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. Barack Obama’s eight years holding this powerful position feels like it was centuries ago because, in the past year, every single day has been a harrowing political downfall for the country.
Trump’s entire campaign was built on a structure full of obvious lies, racism, xenophobia, close-mindedness, sexism, and everything else that falls under these purviews. His comments have incited violence, bigotry, inequality. If you think I’m exaggerating, let the facts speak for themselves.
One of the most crucial aspects of Trump’s political agenda was building a wall on the border of Mexico and USA. He also expected the Mexican government to pay for this ridiculousness. 365 days later, there has been absolutely no progress on this wall. At the border, there are prototypes of what a wall would look like if it ever was built. Congress has yet to allocate any money for the actual construction. Also, the border security is pretty tight and there already is a wall. If only the POTUS knew that and didn’t let his phobias guide him.
Another critical angle of Trump’s presidency is his absolute hatred towards anyone who is not a rich white man. One of his first executive orders after being sworn in was a Muslim ban. Anyone with a visa from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and even refugees weren’t allowed to enter the U.S. This ban has been revamped and reworked several times over the year. His proposed overhaul of the visa system, which will cause delays and problems for H1-B or work visa holders across the country, has gone absolutely nowhere.
Trump ended the DACA program. It helps young immigrants who moved to the country as a child. It’s the only home they’ve known and Trump wanted to send them back. Lawmakers are scrambling to find a solution but no law has yet been passed.
Unfortunately, a national issue that never seems to cease is gun control. Yes, the second amendment allows you to carry a gun but it’s important to remember these laws were laid down decades ago when things were very different. Today, it’s incredibly easy to access a gun. In America’s most violent, largest mass shooting on Oct. 1 this year, 58 people died and 546 were injured in Las Vegas. The shooter was Stephen Paddock, a white male. On Nov. 5, a man in his mid-20s opened fire outside a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and killed 26 people. The shooter was Devin Patrick Kelley, a white male. Trump referred to them as people with serious mental health problems. He took his own time to even talk about it openly.
On Oct. 31, a man rammed a truck into pedestrians and cyclists in New York City, killing eight people. He had guns and ammunition on him. He was Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan. Trump immediately started talking about strengthening border control and resorted to his same old “Muslim ban” rhetoric. His very different response to gun violence in a span of two months is very telling. He even referred to the Vegas shooting, the deadliest one in the U.S., as a miracle, saying that more people could’ve died if the police hadn’t intervened when they did.
Similarly, his varied response to the different hurricanes earlier this year that hit Florida (Irma) and Texas (Harvey) as compared to Puerto Rico (Maria) shows exactly what he thinks about his own citizens. Hurricane Maria crushed Puerto Rico and it’s people, turning into a humanitarian crisis because it was left without power, food, and everything else. 98 people were killed, hundreds are still missing. POTUS really didn’t know how to handle this well, constantly criticizing Puerto Rico for being in debt and essentially, not being able to prevent this hurricane and the losses they faced. I don’t think he realized for a long time that Puerto Ricans are natural-born American citizens who deserve as much as help.
This is just scratching the very recent surface of the past year.
Even before he was elected, Trump had several allegations of sexual assault. This alone should’ve stopped him from even running. His interview with Billy Bush (who was fired for it, by the way) where he speaks about pussy grabbing was deemed as locker room talk. Today, with all the horrible rape and sexual assault cases coming from Hollywood, these men are facing repercussions for what they did, re: Harvey Weinstein. In fact, Kevin Spacey was fired from “House of Cards” for assaulting and groping men on the set after actor and rapper Anthony Rapp revealed Spacey’s assault towards him when he was 14.
The moral of this story? We are happy to see a fictional president pay for the crimes but hey, not the real one because believe him, no one respects women as much as he does. In the past year, Trump has tried and failed many times to defund Planned Parenthood. Anti-abortion groups who probably looked upon him as their savior are now fuming because as always, their backward thinking has led them nowhere. Planned Parenthood does more than provide abortions. They provide free and much-needed help to women with various issues.
Aside from deterring women’s rights, another goal of the president is to repeal the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, even though it helps millions of his people on a daily basis to get the health care they really need. Like all of his other plans, this one doesn’t receive any fruition. The GOP failed at the last minute to in a late-night vote Trump had promised to spend $1 trillion on a massive infrastructure plan to rebuild and repair bridges, airports, roads and in turn, help America’s economy. Take a wild guess about what’s happened to this agenda? Yes, it has fallen off their grand plans.
The White House has long been a respected place. Today, it’s a caricature of what it used to represent. While dignitaries from several nations have been here to meet with Trump, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, things aren’t looking so good for the U.S. in terms of global relations. Trump backed out of the Paris Climate Deal, which commits to ramp up actions against greenhouse gas emissions. Syria was the only country along with the U.S. to not be part of this deal, signed by 200 other nations. Not anymore.
Earlier this week during global climate talks, Syria announced it’s decision to sign the Paris Deal. By pulling out of it, Trump has isolated the rest of the world while proving his disbelief of global warming. Not even the hurricanes that devastated his own nation can open his eyes.
Another major issue Trump has been talking about of late is his tax reform, which is currently at a standstill. No surprises there.
His ongoing warfare against the media aka the fake news will never see an end because luckily, not just those in the media. but people from various fields have been using their platform to speak up against his presidency. 365 days have passed since Trump was officially elected as President. Those who voted for him have been living in a delusion that he’ll work things out for the better.
On the plus side, only 1168 days left.