In exactly two days, the United States is inaugurating Donald Trump for the 45th President of the United States after an extremely controversial election filled with negatives and positives for both of the political parties. Trump’s behavior can be classified as unconventional, characterized by peculiar cabinet picks to maintain his organizational network while running the United States.
This transition is filled with unconventional authoritarian characteristics that have been presented since the beginning of his campaign. According to an article published by CNN on Jan. 17th, his campaign is filled with habitual fallacies that began two years ago, such as gloating over his ability to shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose any clout in the process.
Trump has been following an authoritarian style in presenting his ideals, views and adversaries. Recently he targeted media outlets by making claims about spreading “fake news.” There has been an increase in false information across the internet, but this error falls on the news outlets’ lack of critical reasoning and investigation, not malicious intent.
The same CNN article notes that Trump’s approval rating is dropping drastically. It is the lowest of any recent president, ranking 44 points beneath current president Barack Obama. This does not come as a surprise to me, especially with the constant Twitter access for commentary, which I believe to be inappropriate for the most powerful job in the world.
Trump’s transition could be to blame for this low approval rating, though according to his recent Tweets “The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. They are rigged just like before.” These claims are now being lobbed at any news outlet that does not show Trump in a favorable light.
In the CNN article, there seems to be some positives coming out of the polling data, such as Americans still remaining faithful in Trump delivering some of his campaign policies such as the increase in taxes for companies that continue to keep jobs in Mexico for manufacturing, renegotiating the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) trade deal and creating jobs in areas that are struggling with job output. Currently, though, only 4 out of 10 Americans believe that Trump will actually be able to defeat ISIS.
One thing is certain is that I hope everyone watches the inauguration, as we must still give the next President of the United States respect for his transition.
We are all on the ride together. This election was filled with issues on both sides of the political arena, and all the information coming out is in need of further investigation.
As Americans, we all need to have an obligation to be correctly informed, and to think critically when investigating on the internet. The future of the United States will continue to look bright, and we have survived extremely difficult times. I have faith in the people of this country to continue to shift to progressive agendas.
Juan Nevarez is a senior psychology major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]