WHAT AMERICANS NEEDS TO KNOW
Election Day was a historic, but not for the reason most voters were expecting. Republican nominee Donald Trump won the election, upsetting projected winner and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
When students, staff, and faculty members come back to campus in January, they’ll have a thorough understanding of the policies Trump plans to execute in the next four years. Trump, who published his plan for his first 100 days in office in October, has been met with criticism for his discriminating comments against racial minorities, members of LGBTQ+ community, and women that were said throughout his candidacy.
“He’s alienated and instilled fear in many of the minorities he’s addressed,” Professor and Teaching Scholar of CU Denver’s President Dr. Michael Cummings said. “However, he has a personality that—for his supporters—is charismatic and firing. My prediction is it’s going to be a very interesting four years. We’ve got a rough road ahead of us.”
While on the campaign trail, Trump promised his supporters that he’d build a wall between the US and Mexico, and placing a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying for foreign governments. Now that Trump is preparing to be in the White House, he has realized that not all of his campaign promises are economically feasible, since his 100 day plan does not completely comply wth his earlier promises. One policy popular among his supporters is to deport 2 million undocumented immigrants with a criminal background, and eventually deport 11 million illegal immigrants.
“On average, immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than American citizens,” Cummings said. “The US offers opportunities that other countries can’t. Why would they risk their situation by committing crimes?”
In the last year and half, Trump aired several ads in which he repeatedly covered illegal immigration and other plans he had if he were ever elected in office, which are included in his 100-day plan.
His published plan is focused on three areas: “cleaning up Washington, protecting American workers, and restoring rule of law.”
“It was important to keep Trump’s message on track, to keep you thinking about the same issues, to rev up that hatred against Clinton and fear about open borders,” Communications lecturer Emily Stones said.
Trump’s campaign ran several attack ads against Clinton. One ad coined the now-famous phrase “lock her up,” which has transcended into a well-known hashtag.
“It has an impact,” Stones said. “They just keep reminding voters what they’re supposed to be thinking. It’s less about policies and specific action and more about getting voters to relate to a candidate.”
Since the election, Trump has been under fire for backing out of some of the plans he was voted in for. In November, he sat down with The New York Times and said he wouldn’t have Clinton charged for her emails, arguing that she’s had enough to deal with since her election loss.
Fore more information on President- Elect Trump’s policices, his 100-day plan can be found on his website, donaldjtrump.com.