This year marked a turning point in our country’s political system, not only making the way for uprisings and protests, but dividing our country more than it ever has been before. There were shockwaves through the media and government as a whole, and at times, when many questioned if there was any light in the darkness, figures emerged to remind us that there is still hope to fix this division that tore so many apart.
We began this year with our newly elected president, Donald Trump. In a surprising turn of events, President Trump managed to win the election, with 232 electoral college votes for Hillary Clinton and 306 for Trump. This was one of the most surprising turns of events in political history.
With Trump’s arrival at the White House, there was an immediate executive order placed, which was said to “minimize the economic burden of the patient protection and Affordable Care Act” and was pending repeal, according to Real Clear Politics. During his first few days in the White House, he withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while also beginning the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline.
After “200 days, Trump has signed 49 executive orders” according to CNN, second in number to only President Dwight Eisenhower. While Trump has not been a fan favorite among voters, receiving a “39% approval rating”, he has been a pivotal figure in terms of getting his supporters riled up. His Twitter account has been used numerous times as a way to spread information (false or true) and speak his true thoughts on controversial matters.
On January 26, Trump issued an Executive Order “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” which prevented people from certain countries access into America. And on February 14, Michael Flynn resigned as Trump’s top security adviser.
But perhaps the most noteworthy thing that has happened so far while Trump has been in office is the firing of ex- FBI Director James Comey, who was also in charge of the Clinton email investigation that some say cost her the election. The exact reason of firing Comey is unknown, other than Trump saying that the “FBI has been in turmoil” and “the rank and file of the FBI had lost confidence in Comey” according to Fact Check.
Just two weeks later, Robert Mueller announced he would lead the probe into the interference of Russia in the 2016 election. During the summer of this year, Trump also expressed his dismissal of transgender troops in the military.
Around this time, many could start to see some of the Republican party start to pull away from Trump and begin to be more open about their own disputes with Trump’s policies and actions. Ohio Governor John Kasich expressed his own thoughts about Trump’s social media presence, describing it as “unacceptable” and “unfortunate”, according to the Huffington Post. Jeff Flake, a Republican senator from Arizona, has also conveyed his dismay on repeated occasions.
While this timeline only represents a small portion of the proclamations, executive orders, noteworthy moments, and Twitter rants, Americans know by now that the President has truly made his mark on America, whether we, as a society, like it or not. Underneath the facade of an entertainer at heart, Trump has proven to be a president who is knowledgeable in the fact that he can speak his mind on the most controversial subject matters and is a master of diversion from certain topics he deems irrelevant (usually anything putting him under the radar). Furthermore, our society has never had a president who can redirect the American people with such ease, and whether that manifests to be a beneficial skill or a lethal skill, only time can truly tell.
Written by Grayson Ruiz