What one year of Donald Trump has been like

A look at what the President has achieved during his first year

Suad Mohamed, Editorials Editor

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Though it’s hard to believe, it’s been one year since Donald Trump began his presidency.
In this first year, his presidency has been plagued with accusations of election fraud, along with the fact that a majority of his original cabinet has left office.
Many were surprised when they found out that the controversial candidate won the presidency.
But it is often forgotten that during his campaign, Trump made a lot of promises that captured the attention of conservatives who were fed up after eight years of Obama.
However, many of those people are now upset. In fact, Trump has one of the lowest presidential rates in history. Even his own party members have turned against him.
Why? Because Trump has failed at keeping nearly all of his campaign promises that he vowed would be fulfilled by now.
For example, Trump promised voters that he would “immediateky terminate DACA.”
On Sept. 5, it was announced that the DACA program would be coming to an end. But on Jan. 10, a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to continue accepting applications.
Another big part of Trump’s campaign was his oath to end Obamacare, which he had deemed to be a “disaster.”
Now? In September, Congress passed a bill that shaved off certain parts of Obamcare, such as the penalty placed on people who can afford health insurance, but choose not to.
While it limits Obamacare, it is not the complete repeal that Trump vowed to pass.
Perhaps the most controversial campaign pledge Trump made was his vow to not only build a wall along the border with Mexico, but to also make the Mexican government pay for it.
But on Jan. 17, Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly confirmed to Democrat lawmakers that there was no way that the wall was being built or that Mexico was going to pay for it. He then went on to say that a lot of Trump’s campaign promises regarding immigration were “uninformed.”
But broken promises aren’t the only reason why Trump has been so unpopular.
The investigation into the possibility of ties to Russia and voter hacking is another reason for Trump’s unpopularity.
Many people close to Trump, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, have admitted to colluding and meeting with Russian officials.
Furthermore, with the creation of the #MeToo movement, people are now remembering that 19 people accused the President of sexual misconduct.
Matters were only inflamed with Trump’s public endorsement of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for the open Senate seat in Alabama. During his campaign, Moore had been accused of sexual misconduct by nine women, several of whom were minors.
“It’s really upsetting to think that the president, who is supposed to be a representative for all the people, would stand for and back up someone who has been accused of crimes like that,” sophomore Jasmine Tang said.
Another reason for Trump’s unpopularity is his volatilty.
Nicknaming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the “little rocket man” and branding Haiti and other countries “s***tholes” does nothing except worsen already tense foreign relations.
As a result, he’s hurt his chances for re-election In a survey conducted by The Washington Post, 72% of Generation Z, many of whom will be voting for the first time in 2020, had an unfavorable view of Trump.
A poll from Reuters showed that 1 in 8 people regretted voting for Trump.
For these reasons and many more, Trump’s first year as president was unsuccessful. He set too many high goals for himself and failed to a which has hurt his appeal to the public.

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