Story by Zakiya Austin
Since the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, America has been in a constant uproar. People on social media, some who even supported Trump, have now turned on him in light of his recent actions.
There was a boycott on the inauguration by many democratic senators because of some of his hateful pre-election speech and controversial commentary. Donald Trump was known as the guy who didn’t flirt with the ideology of “political correctness,” which has gotten, and is still getting, him into trouble.
Trump was recently involved in a very public social media debacle with the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, over the wall Trump promised to build on the border between Mexico and the southernmost parts of the United States.
Trump’s campaign promise to have this wall built and have Mexico pay for it is causing conflict between the two countries. As a result, Nieto called Trump a “bully,” and canceled his trip to the White House.
This event, along with the passing of a few executive orders, notably banning incoming refugees and visitors from several Middle Eastern and African countries, have some Americans critical of his ability as Chief Diplomat. The immigration order was put into action to reduce terrorist attacks from countries with a large Islamic population. If anything, this has increased internal friction quite a bit as those with valid visas are also being called into question.
Muslim immigrants are starting to feel that America may not be the safest place for them as the pressure is starting to dawn on them. All over social media, people are speaking out about his lack of compassion and his “flip-flopping” on certain issues, such as a majority of refugees fleeing from Syria being denied access to America.
He has also failed to come through with the diverse picks for critical White House staff, presidential appointments and cabinet members that were promised. As a matter of fact, some of his picks have actually stirred up quite a bit of controversy.
Trump has also implemented a freeze on government hiring, which is causing a lot of trouble from unions all over the country. Trump says within the order that the freeze is to stop the immediate growth of the government until he and his budgeting consultant can find a way to reduce the federal workforce through attrition. Attrition is the act of reducing something’s power or effectiveness gradually over time.
The Women’s March on Washington on January 21 included some anti Trump rhetoric among other things. There were some speeches from celebrities, such as Janelle Monae and America Ferrera, speaking out against Trump and his obvious lack of respect for women. His pre-election scandal with him making vulgar comments about women’s body parts, he was seen as an enemy to the feminist movement and the overall rights of women. The opposing March for Life followed soon after, which was attended by Vice President Michael Pence. This also stirred up a bit of controversy.
Donald Trump is proving to be exactly who he showed himself to be during the election, but more and more, Americans are realizing that he’s not at all who they thought he was. His recent actions have been making Americans, and people all over the world, wonder if he could cause some problems in the future.