NOT ALL REPUBLICANS ARE FOR TRUMP
February 27, 2017
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As the world began the new year, Americans entered a new era of government with a president unlike any other. Donald Trump had managed to get under the skin of both liberals and conservatives, but he ended up with the presidency. Due to his controversial cabinet picks and antics, boycotts and protests have exploded throughout the country. Not only have liberals made their disdain clear, but many Republicans are not thrilled with how things have been run so far.
President Trump’s cabinet members have been the root of controversy from the beginning. Two of his most questioned picks were Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. Both were looked at as too inexperienced for their positions, especially DeVos. It became clear that even Republicans felt this way, as two conservative senators voted against her taking office, leading Vice President Pence to break the tie and appoint her. This was an example of Republicans not fully supporting Trump.
Within the first couple of days of Trump’s presidency, executive orders were passed. The one that grasped America’s attention was what the media termed at the “Muslim Ban.” While Republicans agree that immigration should be closely monitored, many were opposed to the way Trump handled this.
There were seven countries the ban applied to. From what many Republicans were voicing, they believe that the ban should have included more countries with ties to terrorism. Due to the fact that a number of 9/11 hijackers came from Saudi Arabia, the ban should have included this country. While there was no reason stated for the exclusion of other countries with terrorist ties, it can be assumed that economic benefits are outweighing the need to keep these people out of America.
“The ban has affected my family and me personally,” said junior Amir Serajzadeh. “My grandparents are from Iran, a place whose citizens are affected by the ban, and they visited days after the ban was implemented. They were held for hours at the airport, which affected all of our plans. I think the ban need to be re-evaluated.”
The ban was implemented quickly and without warning, which left airports struggling to vet people, leading to the long waits. Chaos within airports could have been avoided if Trump had waited to properly advise federal agencies on how to handle the vetting process and waited until those agencies were fully prepared to carry out the order. It was a specific point where Trump and members of the Republican party were not in full agreement on the execution of a plan.
President Trump tweets on a daily basis about his plans for the country, calling out celebrities who oppose him and giving updates as to what he is doing. During the campaign, he stated that once in the White House, he would decrease his use of Twitter and scale back some of his remarks. However, this clearly has not happened. His caring about people’s opinions and need to constantly respond to them makes the Republican president look childish to a certain extent.
Although Trump did not keep his Twitter promise, he has begun to set his plans into motion. He has not retracted his statement of building a wall between America and Mexico and shows no signs of diverting this vision. The president has also fully stated his support for law enforcement, just as he did during his campaign. In addition, he has met with a host of world leaders from countries such as Canada and Japan, to discuss foreign policy.
Regardless of what Trump does, he will be faced with some sort of backlash. Not everyone will be happy with his decisions and they certainly will not agree with him. This is evident in the large protests, boycotts, and constant opposition that are plaguing the country such as the Women’s March and the Nordstrom boycott.
“The public is overreacting to the situation because they’re living in a social ideological bubble and at this point, what they’re doing is extremely disrespectful,” says senior Jeffrey Sivaphornchai. “Their ‘peaceful protests’ are not even peaceful, which in my eyes nullifies anything they have to say as hypocritical, uninformed, and flat out slander.”
Trump has not had much time to prove who he is as the president. Republicans seem to have hope in his presidency, although they may not agree with some of his antics at times, which they have made clear on the news and social media. Regardless, most of the Republican party stands behind Donald Trump and hope for the rest of America to do the same, despite differences.