Trump. The Donald. Whatever you may call him, Donald J. Trump is undeniably one of the most controversial and equally famous figures of a generation. I am yet to meet a person who doesn’t have a strong opinion on him. Whether it’s because of his hair, his comments, or his policies, Trump constantly hits the headlines in countries right across the world.
This presidential campaign has been one of a kind. Much like in the British Referendum campaign, I have found the fear of the establishment gripping to watch. A man with no political experience has entered the system, eliminated 16 Republican rivals, received the Primary nomination and now has a huge chance of becoming the next President. This shows the current mindset of Americans. People don’t want the typical establishment anymore. People don’t want the typical candidate anymore. Therefore, many don’t want Hillary. The nickname ‘crooked Hillary’ is entirely apt. She will say anything the people want her to say, do anything the people want her to do, conform with lobbyists, constantly bootlick the establishment, and to top it all off, is a proven liar.
Every time I turn on the news it’s clear to see what the media makes of the Donald. They are perfectly capable of showing his weaknesses, but spend no time covering anything else. What about his policies? Surely building a wall can’t be the answer to everything?
Well I’ve looked closer – I’ve gone behind the wall, beneath the wig and underneath the spray tan to find out what else the Trumpster believes in and what his positive aspects are.
1. Firstly, Donald Trump has promised to abolish the death tax. As well as this, he wants to abolish the income tax for those earning under $25,000 (around £18,900) which would save each individual earning that amount approximately $1000 every year.
2. He has promised to eliminate taxation loopholes available to the very rich and special interest groups.
3. Trump wants to have better support for women veterans. Currently there is a noticeable difference between the aftercare services offered for males and the aftercare services offered to females. Under the Trump Plan, that would end.
4. There will be an increase in funding for veterans with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or traumatic brain injury, plus more suicide prevention services. Statistically, service members are five times more likely to develop depression than ordinary civilians. This funding will help provide more and better care for the affected.
5. Fire corrupt officials in all departments of the Government. Those with authority will do their jobs correctly and justly, and rightly so.
6. Eliminate all unnecessary waste spending in Federal Government systems. This would save the country’s economy a huge amount of money every single year.
7. Regarding Obamacare, Trump has promised to repeal it. Instead, by working together with Congress, he will create a public policy that will broaden healthcare access, make healthcare more affordable and improve the quality of the care available to all Americans.
8. All Americans will get a simpler tax code with four brackets – 0%, 10%, 20% and 25%.This will provide the lowest tax rate since before World War II.
Now that’s just a few of the many policies Trump has put forward if his administration gets into power. But would that ever happen? Many people dislike Hillary, but is that enough to make them vote for Trump?
Well believe it or not, Trump does have attributes.
1. He’s a tycoon –
Our Donald is a complete and utter billionaire. This shows that he isn’t in it for the money, as his annual income is much greater than that of the Presidential salary. He’s in it for change. He’s in it to shake up the establishment from the inside.
2. “The very definition of the American success story” – Trump has had clear success in business, and is now one of the richest men in the US. Whilst he may be new in the political world, he has very much grown up knowing economics. He has promised to fix the severe amount of debt that has accumulated during the Obama years.
3. Trump believes in Trump – If he becomes President, he will not give any of his power to anyone but Trump. Unlike Hillary, he has his own set of ambitions and will not stop at anything to achieve them. Trump knows what he wants.
4. Devout faith in American exceptionalism – His slogan of ‘Make America Great Again’ really says it all. He believes in his country and his people. He believes that under the right leader, in this case himself, the US can truly excel and project into the future.
5. He’s pro-British – Trump is already more pro-British than Obama and Hillary have ever been. He has stated that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the EU is a bad deal. What does that mean for post-Brexit Britain? It would mean that we are at the front of the queue for future trade deals. Donald has already shared a stage with Nigel Farage, commended us for leaving the EU (unlike Hillary), and has a hotel in Scotland. Quite a contrast to Obama, who when assumed office sent the bust of Sir. Winston Churchill from the Oval Office back to the UK.
The next two months are going to be spectacularly turbulent in an already turbulent year of politics. The upcoming presidential debates could prove disastrous for Mr. Trump, show how a lack of political experience can be costly, and ultimately throw his campaign off the rails. Or equally, the FBI could find out more top secret information that Hillary has stashed away that could prove fatal to her leadership bid. Who knows. As the old saying goes, a week is a long time in politics.
But if there’s one thing I’ve learned in this unpredictable year of events, it’s that you should never call the shots too soon.