There are millions of Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump as their next president. So many decided that a change in direction on national policies was important that many blue states flipped over to become red states.
This after a campaign in which the winning candidate did not lay out a specific agenda—just a lot of applause lines like building a wall along our border with Mexico, banning immigration into the country by those of the Muslim faith amid many others.
Now as president-elect, Trump is slowly forming his government. Those who voted for change are going to get more change than they probably hoped for. Trump has named Steve Bannon, former chief executive of Breitbart News—known for its alt-right, nationalist, anti-Semite views—as his chief political strategist. Bannon’s appointment has many on both the left and the right very concerned about how much influence he will have over Donald Trump’s thinking.
Until Trump is actually in the Oval Office will we not know what kind of president he will be. The awesome power of the office has a way of moderating the president. Already Trump is backing away from some of his proposals that got him where he is today: he won’t pursue a prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while Secretary of State or for any alleged improprieties at the Clinton Foundation.
Parts of ‘the beautiful wall’ have receded into ‘some places a fence.’ Trump’s call for a repeal of the Affordability Care Act are now tempered with support of some of Obamacare’s most popular elements including children staying on their parent’s insurance until age 26 and the inability of companies to deny insurance to those with a pre-existing condition.
For every step forward there are two steps back. The spoils do go to the victor, but we’ve never had a victor like Donald Trump. His myriad of business interests include developments in many countries around the globe—countries the Trump Administration will deal with on political, military and economic issues. Citizens should be concerned by the president-elect’s pronouncement about conflicts of interest. He said no one should be worried because voters knew about his business interests during the campaign and when they voted for him.
Aside from conflicts of interest here in the United State and around the world, one should be concerned about his disdain for the press. The press and media have been attacked for its supposed bias with their campaign coverage; Trump calls the press—especially television and cable news—dishonest liars.
Trump has no taste for the press. Traditionally, there has been a press pool representative that follows the president wherever he goes. Trump doesn’t want that and will probably be the least covered president in modern times. At a meeting with executives and news anchors this week, rather than learning how best to cover the Trump White House, the attendees were met with a dressing down. It was definitely not a friendly gathering.
For those who voted for change in Washington, those supported Trump’s call to “drain the swamp” in the nation’s capital, they will get it. Bigly.
Change is always hard for people to cope with. Some people will get a change they never wanted; others will get a change that goes too far. Whatever the Trump Era brings, buckle your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy flight.