Donald Trump recently celebrated his first year in the Oval Office, but was it really something to celebrate?
Many of Trump’s accomplishments have failed to help millions of American citizens. His policies, ideals, and statements are simply absurd.
Good leaders are meant to exhibit a few basic traits, including confidence, honesty, integrity, self-awareness, passion, and humility. While Trump definitely exhibits passion and confidence, he lacks a few of the rest. In one word, Donald Trump is simply unpresidential.
Trump’s twitter is a well-known example of his personality. Many of his tweets are insensitive and demeaning. Not only does he block those who criticize him publicly, Trump has no qualms about threatening other world leaders via the social media platform. Within 280 characters, Trump is known for expressing his racist and misogynistic views. Not only on Twitter but also in live interviews, Trump has contradicted himself more than once. He has no problem “telling it like it is,” but it’s hard to tell if anything he says is his actual opinion rather than another bold statement that will be retracted in the next interview. Even statements as simple as, “I surround myself with good people, and then I give myself the luxury of trusting them,” (Trump: Surviving at the Top, 1990) have been controverted. “My motto is ‘Hire the best people, and don’t trust them.'” (Trump: Think Big, 2007) And sure, these statements were made 17 years apart, but the list goes on. Such as:
“I don’t read much. Mostly, I read contracts, but usually, my lawyers do most of the work. There are too many pages.” (Veja, February 2017)
“Well, I read a lot…and over my life, I’ve read so much.” (The Hugh Hewitt Show, February 2015)
“I’m, like, a really smart person.” (Phoenix, July 2015)
“All I know is what’s on the Internet.” (NBC News, March 2016)
“I don’t want to get provocative, and in my many cases, I try not to be provocative.” (Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again, 2011)
“I do love provoking people. There is truth to that.” (Buzzfeed, Februrary 2014)
It’s hard to trust a man who can’t make up his mind about the simplest things. Is he his own biggest fan or his own biggest enemy?
In 2016 alone, nineteen women accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. Many believe that these accusations were brought on simply because of Trump’s new wave of fame as he was running for president, but this was not the first time Trump was accused of harassment.
In 1989, Ivana Trump, Donald Trump’s ex-wife, accused Donald Trump of raping her after they had an argument. This statement was made under oath during a court disposition. The situation was even written about in her book. Donald Trump’s legal team later reported that she has since retracted her statement, saying that she did not mean rape in the “literal” or “criminal” sense although her depiction of the scene suggests otherwise. She has never spoken of the statement made by his lawyers personally.
In 1997, Jill Harth Houraney filed a lawsuit in which she, along with many other things, accused Trump of attempted rape. Her 12-page complaint detailed scenes of attempted rape, groping, and exploitation as a “sex toy.” Not only did she provide her own story, but she also provided several accounts of Trump mistreating other women. Trump denied the accusations, and the lawsuit was “dismissed without prejudice,” meaning that Harth would have to file the lawsuit again. The case ended with a payout between the two; Trump offered to pay six figures to keep the case closed.
And if that wasn’t enough, Trump, a well-known pageant goer, would evaluate beauty pageant contestants on their appearance before the pageant had ever begun. It was a system called “Trump’s Rule,” which happened before every show. Former beauty queen Carrie Prejean described the many incidents in her 2009 book. “Many of the girls found this exercise humiliating. Some of the girls were sobbing backstage after [Trump] left, devastated to have failed even before the competition really began . . . even those of us who were among the chosen couldn’t feel very good about it — it was as though we had been stripped bare.”
This wasn’t the first time he was accused of being sexist. In 2008, Trump was accused of being sexist by his own employees at the Trump National Golf Club. While much of the lawsuit consisted of unpaid reimbursements and unfair tips, Lucy Messerschmidt, a restaurant employee at the time, said that she was taken off shifts when Trump was on the premises because he wished to see “fresh faces” and “young girls.” Sue Kwiatkowski, a restaurant manager at the club until 2009, spoke of the issue as well. “I know [Trump wanted to see “young girls”] because one time he took me aside and said, ‘I want you to get some good looking hostesses here. People like to see good looking people when they come in.’”
When’s Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was just 16, Trump made the first of many sexual comments about her. “Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?” He asked then-Miss Universe in 1997. In the twenty years that have passed, Trump’s comments have only gotten more vigorous. He’s made numerous comments about her figure, including a statement saying, “I’d date her.” When asked in an interview with CBS, she spoke out against her father’s remarks. “[The comments] were pretty disturbing…I was bothered by it.”
Is he any better than the men in Hollywood that have had their careers ruined by such actions and words?
Something also worth mentioning: the women who spoke out again Donald Trump in 2016 weren’t necessarily politically motivated. For many women, sexual assault is something that goes unspoken as many refuse to listen or do anything to address the situation. It is incredibly brave of men and women to speak up about sexual harassment.
As I mentioned in my earlier article, A year in review: 2017, one of Trump’s boldest moves was threatening a ban on transgender people from being able to join or serve in the military. As expected, this ban infuriated not only those who identified as transgender but also those who didn’t. Opposition came in form of tweets, protests, and letters sent to state representatives to do anything. The reason behind Trump’s madness was brief. The government simply spent too much money on hormones that transgender people in the army needed. After the threat was released, many decided to do their own investigating into just how much the government spent. Forbes reported that the government spent approximately 8.4 million dollars out of the Defense Department’s $50 billion dollar budget on giving transgender soldiers and officers the medication they need. Those 8.4 million dollars are just 0.017% of the budget. Not to mention, there are only 1,320-6,630 transgender people serving in the military, or roughly 0.51%. Forbes also reported that, in 2016, the Department of Defense spent nearly 84.25 million dollars on erectile dysfunction prescriptions. That’s 10 times what was spent on the prescriptions needed by transgender soldiers and officers. A giant misconception being made by those who supported the ban dealt with gender reassignment surgery. It is highly unlikely that surgery would be paid by the government rather than the person who wishes to have the surgery. The other main argument in support of the ban stated that transgender people are unfit to join the military and are more prone to mental illnesses that would interfere with tasks. This statement is simply untrue with no data to back it up.
In November of 2017, Donald Trump was at an event to honor Native Americans. During his speech, he called Senator Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas, mocking her age. “You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.” Trump gave his speech with a portrait of Andrew Jackson behind his back, a man known for mistreating Native Americans, and it almost seems fitting. Many Native Americans took offense to this so-called joke and spoke out against the president’s heartless words, but once again, the president would never hurt his reputation by apologizing.
Moving on, Trump also has no reservations about destroying the environment. The Paris Agreement, or the Paris climate accord, is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention. The agreement deals with the climate change that has been observed throughout the years. In 2020, the countries involved were to began to finance teams to help fight and address greenhouse gas emissions linked to making the atmosphere warmer. The world leaders involved wished to legally ratify action against pollution for the first time. The United States was one of the many countries involved with the promising legislation; however, in 2017, Donald Trump announced that the United States would be leaving the agreement as it was blocking the development of clean coal in America. American companies, such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google, as well as the EU and China, begged Trump not to back out. The Paris Climate Agreement would have undoubtedly helped to lower the amount of pollution in the United States. America will be the one and only country not to sign the Agreement. Even North Korea, a hostile country run by a dictator, has agreed to the Paris Climate Agreement.
Trump’s later piece of work, the 2017 Tax Bill, also includes steep consequences for the environment. Many government-funded reserves have been defunded in order to give back to big corporations. For example, it has subjected the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. And the Tax Bill, you may ask. Well, the Tax Bill is safe and sound, but it doesn’t do much for middle-class citizens. Corporations have seen their tax percentages drop by nearly 10 percent, but middle- and low-class Americans can expect a much, much smaller number.
Trump is a strong believer that climate change is a hoax. Although major scientific breakthroughs from NASA and other reliable resources have shown otherwise, Trump refuses to listen. What used to be glaciers are now turning into lakes, flooding nearby land for the first time in thousands of years. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has grown steadily, and the average temperature has as well. As they say, it’s best to leave it up to the professionals, or in Trump’s case, unless they’re part of a Chinese hoax.
I have little hope for any change in 2018, and why should I? I will join the millions of others who dream of a country that isn’t run by a racist, misogynistic, lying president.