On Trump’s failures

I’m gonna cut to the chase. I’m conservative. This country needs a president with economically libertarian policies and a social policy that values every American, which is why I supported President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. It’s no secret that Trump has been embattled in scandals even prior to his election, and now that he’s served as our president for nearly two years, lots of Americans aren’t happy. Presidential approval ratings throughout Trump’s term have reflected a trend: a majority of Americans are dissatisfied, and the government’s recent failures could be accelerating the downfall of Trump. While I’m tempted to counter this notion and tell you about how Trump should stay in office, I will look across the political field. Could Trump’s removal from office be beneficial to America?

In 2010, President Obama achieved the impossible. The Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), America’s first attempt to institute socialized healthcare, represents the keystone of American social politics ever since Democrats started campaigning for universal healthcare in the 1940s. Obama, in order to get more people insured, introduced the individual mandate: an annual “tax” of $695 for every year one chooses not to be insured, designed to incentivise Americans to sign up for Obamacare. Many Americans, notably Republicans, thought this was an unjust tax, arguing that it was their choice to not be insured. As a result, a passionately fierce Trump promised multiple times throughout his presidential bid to “repeal and replace Obamacare,” and after Trump assumed office, the Republicans eventually released the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) in 2017. But after being rewritten by the Senate and debated through Congress for months, the AHCA—which didn’t even outline a “replacement” for Obamacare at all—was shot down. More than a year after the AHCA’s untimely demise, one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises remains unfulfilled.

President Trump’s foreign policy has also been heavily challenged since the beginning of his presidency. People in America are increasingly worried about the view other world leaders have of our country, and those worries were legitimized at a United Nations conference on Sept. 25 when the chamber burst out laughing at the President after he claimed his administration has done more in the last two years than any other presidential administration in the history of the United States. This claim, often said by Trump to rile up his supporters at his rallies, wasn’t well received by the UN And there inlies the problem with Trump’s foreign policy—people don’t take him seriously. This started with Trump’s first and arguably most notable policy he’s proposed thus far: the southern border wall. Trump, on the very day he announced his candidacy in June 2015, mentioned that he would build a great wall on the border with Mexico and that Mexico would be paying for it, saying “mark my words.” Once he was elected, Trump waged a proxy war with President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto over who would pay for the construction of the border wall. Unsurprisingly, he refused. Nieto’s name hasn’t come up in over a year and the only progress we’ve seen is represented by a few wall prototypes put up near the southern border.

Finally, Trump’s reputation among the general public isn’t too favorable either. Trump’s approval rating has remained below 50 percent for the overwhelming majority of his term thus far. While this rating has fluctuated during the past two years, Trump’s approval rating is nearly always lower compared to Obama’s rating at the same point in his term. This isn’t just because his policies aren’t popular; he’s been mired in personal scandal as well for the entirety of his campaign and his administration. Towards the end of the campaign, the infamous Access Hollywood tape leaked, in which Trump spoke of kissing and groping women without consent, and that “when you’re a star, they let you do it.” Shortly thereafter, 12 women came forward alleging Trump had sexually assaulted them, which further tainted Trump’s reputation among women. Surprisingly enough, despite that almost every women’s rights organization is fiercely anti-Trump, 52 percent of white females in America voted for Trump. And, given that 50 percent or more Americans are usually very dissatisfied with Trump’s leadership, their justified anger might just give them a version of America without Donald Trump sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. And, given his scandal-ridden presidential record, it just might be a good thing.