Trump Administration poses concern

Perry Continente, pcontinente@lmcexperience.com

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Millions gathered in cities around the world to protest Donald Trump, and many others very publicly regretted their support of the controversial candidate, following his inauguration and the myriad of controversial political decisions The President made in its wake.

            Following his unforeseen victory against Hillary Clinton in November, Americans were left wondering exactly how much of his radical policies about healthcare, immigration, and Islam would be implemented, however, 11 days after the inauguration, signs point to sweeping changes from the new president.

            Already the new president is also polling a 45 percent disapproval rating according to Gallup, a full 20 percentage points higher than the previous record for a new president, George W. Bush at 25 percent.

Protests have cropped up in airports around the country after Trump’s Friday executive order banning all immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries including Iran, Iraq and Yemen. With many immigrants being detained in the airports to be sent back, people decried the ‘Muslim Ban.’

            In response to Trumps pro-life stance, approximately five million of women and men gathered in cities around the country, marched in protest of the new POTUS. One million alone marched in Washington DC, far outstripping Trump’s inaugural attendance of 250,000 to 650,000 according to Politifact.  

            With so many radical decisions coming out of the Trump administration so fast, and such swift responses from protesters, there seems to be no end in sight for political unrest in this increasingly divided country.

            “As long as Trump keeps doing things this extreme, protest is not going to stop,” said professor of political science David Zimny.

            In response Trump tweeted “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”

            Trump later amended his previous stance on the protest, tweeting a more measured response. “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

            Given Trump’s blasé dismissal of protests it seems unlikely that protests will stop any time soon, there is another million-woman march planned for April already.

            “He has some tremendous mental problem,” said Zimny of Trump’s response to the protests. He went on to say that his insecurities blind him to criticism.

            A prime example of Trump’s eerie ability to ignore bad news was his assertion that he “won a massive landslide victory” despite losing the popular vote by 2.5 million and barely carrying the Electoral College.

            Despite his nationalistic, far right political platform, many were unsure of his true political opinions. Prior to his very public feud with then president Barack Obama, Trump had radically different political leanings. Trump was a lifelong Democrat, and, notably, pro-choice.

            It wasn’t until his very public support of the birther movement and opposition to the Affordable Care Act, also known as ‘Obamacare’ that Trump shifted politically from a moderate democrat to the de-facto leader of the alt-right.

Many have publicly regretted their decisions flooding twitter with messages of regret. User Brenda Miller tweets “I am ashamed that I ever voted for you.”

These sorts of tweets are all too common with a twitter account “Trump Regrets” retweeting over 1200 such messages of regret.

           

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