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Candidate Snapshot: President Donald Trump

In 2016, Donald Trump entered the presidential race as the candidate with no political experience. It is 2020 and we are less than a 100 days away from another American election with Donald Trump as current President of The United States. The past four years have been an interesting one for America with President Trump as leader. As the incumbent in this presidential race, Trump faces a plethora of struggles as November vastly approaches. He is hoping his accomplishments during his first term gives the American people faith that he is the better candidate. 

Trump speaking after the signing of the new tax reform law

One of the things the Trump era has done successfully is reshape and alter the American federal judicial system. He has installed two Supreme Court Justices and over 100 federal judges – all of which are lifetime appointments. Trump’s nominees make up 25% all U.S. Judges compared to the 50 judges his predecessor nominated in two terms. This matters because those judges have the final say to any law that is bestowed upon them. 

Moreover, he passed a significant piece of legislation that made drastic changes to the tax code in 2018. Supposedly, this law was to give major tax cuts to the middle class.  He signed the First Step Act towards the end of December making a major reform to the criminal justice system. He has been tougher immigration law, despite heavy opposition to the implementation of his new decree, he has fulfilled the campaign promise of stricter immigration laws. Something his last two predecessors did not do to the same magnitude. 

Trump’s Shortcomings:

Trump caricature on the New Yorker front page

Aside from outbursts against anyone who is against Trump on Twitter or saying anything but the truth when he speaks, Trump’s term has been riddled with controversy. His response to the deadly Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville left the nation divided, and that wasn’t the last time time his handling of racial relations in the US proved divisive. His response to the mass protest in May drew an even further wedge during a painful time across America.

To go further, President Trump has left America’s global image in shambles. In just three years, Trump has driven a wedge between America’s allies and put a smile on dictator’s faces. While Trump has been stricter with his Immigration, the methods of separating families and caging young children have violated human rights laws

Throughout his campaign he vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and had done a pretty good job dismantling parts of the Law. Nevertheless, he hasn’t offered a replacement to the healthcare law, providing more uncertainty to America’s healthcare system. One of his biggest failures to date is his mishandling of the Coronavirus which ultimately affected the biggest thing he has bragged about throughout his entire presidency: the economy. 

President Trump has definitely made a lasting impact throughout his presidency. While he is hoping his accomplishments can sway the American people in November, America is starting to see some major concerns in their leader.

Trumps approval rating has hit an all-time low since being in office. Right now, Americans fear the outcome of COVID-19 and Trump has not exactly given the best solutions for the virus.  As new cases rise in the U.S.; racial conflict threatening to spill over and an unstable economy, the Trump administration has cast grave doubt on their ability to watch over the American people.

CheVaughn Starling
CheVaughn Starling is a politics contributor on scribe. Hailing all the way from the United States. Born in the Chicagoland area, Illinois (USA), and moved to Springfield, IL in 2011 to embark her new journey in life: college. She completed her undergrad and graduate degree at the University of Illinois Springfield in Political Science and Legal Studies with an emphasis on Public Policy. Her love for politics and history led her to aspire a career as a political analyst. Her specialty is in US politics and analyzing different policies from both sides of view. She hopes one day to complete her JD and PHD so she can help implement policy and change in the US.

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