On November 9th 2016, Donald Trump became the 45th President-elect of the United States of America. A man with no qualifications to be President of the world’s most powerful country and someone who has never held any position of power, other than in his own business.
So, how is one of – if not – the most controversial presidential candidate of all time allowed to be in such a position of power? His journey has been a path with many bumps along the way; with his comments about women, race, and nationality leaving us all shocked as to how he could still be voted (and allowed) in to the US office.
Ryan Cooper at The Week writes; “Trump ran the most baldly racist campaign since 1968, saturated in clumsy but comprehensible rhetoric about how he would help American citizens at the expense of the rest of the world. His bigotry was directed primarily against Muslims and Latinos, but inevitably dredged up much of the worst bile from America’s darkest chapters of history.”
Let’s look back at some of his most offensive comments.
“A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Despite being the ‘land of the free’, Trump claimed he wanted to ban Muslims from entering the country and monitor Mosques. As President Obama put it; “This is a country founded on basic freedoms, including freedom of religion. We don’t have religious tests here. Our founders, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, are clear about that.”
Yet, there are still concerns that to some degree this could happen. The US Supreme Court has stated on several occasions that governments may consider criteria such as race, providing the decision is of government interest. While, morally this is absolutely wrong. It seems there could be ways in which Trump could still implement a similar ruling.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best … they’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
Muslims aren’t the only people on Trump’s list to offend, Mexico are up next. Although, let’s be honest; his comments offend everyone. Immigration was one of the President-elects main pledges which many believe helped him to his victory. Mass-deportation and building a wall would ruin economies, uproot and divide families, and cause mass uproar among citizens. It would also be a hard policy to implement and physically build due to the environment and geographical challenges.
Trump’s main reasons for the wall are cited in his vision to ‘establish new immigration controls to boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first.’ Sound familiar? Well, Home Secretary of the United Kingdom Amber Rudd recently announced plans which would effectively force businesses into sharing a list of foreign workers and compel businesses to think about the proportion of their workforce which is international.
‘Ms Rudd has been at pains to state that the list is only an idea which is being reviewed, and not policy, much less being a legal requirement which is enforceable.
‘My own view is that these proposals will not be progressed, but they do evidence a renewed push on the part of the government to discourage employers from failing to recruit UK nationals to fill gaps in the workforce.’ comments Luke Hutchings from Taylor Rose TTKW.
“If I win, I’m going to instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception.” – On Hilary Clinton, before claiming she would be in jail if he oversaw US law.
Despite the FBI concluding their investigation into Clinton’s handling of the email servers and stating there was no evidence found of a crime committed. Trump is insistent on the fact he wants to look into the email misuse.
The President is involved in appointing a Director of the FBI who is confirmed by the Senate, with a term which does not exceed 10 years. Presidents are in office to guide and set policy, not use it to punish their own enemies, so it seems Trump won’t necessarily be able to force the FBI into reopening the case.
“I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing.”
The President-elect has made A LOT of offensive remarks about women, but in terms of sexism and the workplace, this one stands above the rest. On the day where women stop earning for the rest of the year due to the gender pay gap, this comment is one which drive inequalities both in and out of the office. And let’s not get started on the fact his son, Donald Trump Jr., suggested that women who can’t handle harassment shouldn’t be in the workplace.
Trump’s comments on women highlighted his misogynistic side, and did little to endear him to women who feel he sees them as objects to behold. It remains to be seen if, and what, the upcoming President will do to improve women’s rights.
And finally, “One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace. Good people don’t go into government.”
We’ll leave this one here I think.