By Za-Asiah James ’19
Imagine living in a world where your own president expresses racial and misogynistic comments with little to no remorse. Now pinch yourself, it’s real.
It has been more than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency and almost all he is notoriously known for is being recklessly outspoken. America seems to be split because of Trump’s controversial policies and rhetoric. He boasts his accomplishments on Twitter about all the “good” he has done for America.
Now don’t get me wrong: of course Trump has done some good for our country. I like that he is a game-changer, a disrupter, a practitioner of what I see as “crafted chaos.”
Our stale system and its corrupted processes are in need of disruption.
But is this good worth all the negative backlash he brings to the table? No.
One of President Trump’s main campaign promises was to create more jobs for American citizens. Let’s see how well he’s done.
According to Fact Check: President Trump’s Record on Jobs and Stocks by Scott Horsley, Trump has added approximately 170,000 jobs the first 10 months he had been in office. That may seem like a lot, but it is slightly below the 196,000 jobs that President Obama created in a month, while in office back in 2016.
“We’ve created over 600,000 jobs already in a very short period of time,” said Trump at a discussion with CEO members of the Strategic and Policy Forum at the White House.
Well, according to “President Trump Likes Taking Credit for Jobs Here are the Facts” by Katie Reilly and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s not true. President Trump actually only added approximately 533,000 jobs to America’s economy during the months of January, February and March in 2017. That’s approximately 70,000 less than his juiced up estimate.
In addition, Trump’s term did not begin until January 20, 2017, meaning he cannot take all the credit for the 216,000 jobs created in January.
So no, Trump has not created 600,000 jobs for American citizens, but he did create a significant number that will affect American lives. However, I believe before we can consider Trump a great president, we have to consider everything he brings to the table, including his unforgivable comments.
Another campaign promise that seems to get Trump into hot water is his views on immigration.
In his State of America Speech, Trump says he wants to “change the U.S immigration policy by creating a path to citizenship for the 1.8 billion illegal immigrants brought here by their parents at young ages, building a wall on the southern border, ending the diversity green card visa lottery and ending chain migration.”
Now on one side, this is good because it is helping 1.8 billion “dreamers” gain citizenship in America,; but on the other side, Trump is trying to build a literal blockade to Mexico and is displacing 9 million others who won’t be helped by this proposal.
This plan is a direct contradiction of America’s core values. This country was built of the backs of immigrants and is one of the most diverse countries in the world. So why is the leader of the “Land of the Free” promoting a decrease in immigration?
Immigrants don’t “come from shithole countries[,]” as Trump said, referring to immigrants from Haiti and African nations. And not all immigrants “bring drugs and crime” or are “rapist[s],” as Trump said, referring to Mexican immigrants.
Most immigrants migrate here to live the “American Dream” and have a better shot at life and education. President Trump, of all people, should understand that since his family’s ancestors are immigrants themselves.
Every argument has two sides, and just because I [and so many other people] believe Donald Trump is unfit for office, some people don’t agree with me at all.
Gary Abernathy, for example, a publisher and editor of the Ohio Times Gazette, views Donald Trump as one of the best presidents America has ever had. Not only is he a journalist, but Abernathy also worked in politics for 15 years. So no matter what his political viewpoints may be, he has basic understanding of how politics work.
“Trump has remained as constant as the northern star.” he said. “Has Trump really behaved in some new manner that wasn’t on full display during the campaign? The outrageous tweets, the bluster, the self-aggrandizement, the insults—Trump the Commander-in-Chief is virtually identical to Trump the neophyte candidate,” said Abernathy in his article’ “Why would we abandon Trump? He’s doing what he said he would do.”
According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Donald Trump entered his presidency with a 38% approval rating. Thus, a majority of Americans dislike Trump’s character; I believe that America has truly gone backwards since former President Obama’s presidency. President Obama portrayed a much better image for all of the American people.