Donald Trump has been our president for almost two weeks now and has already started to make his supporters happy – while pushing everyone else to the brink of insanity. There have been peaceful protests in many major cities such as New York City, Dallas, and Los Angeles as well as overseas in London, Paris, and other cities, criticizing President Trump’s views as well as his actions. I warn you, this is an extremely biased overview of Trump’s presidency: the bad, the bad, and the ugly.
You wouldn’t think that an article about the President of the United States of America would need a section on Twitter, but for Trump, Twitter is a way to push “alternative facts” and bully critics, or get into fights with Daily Show hosts (video has explicit language). It is clear that our current president has a quick temper, and we all know he’s gotten into verbal spats or offended people. But I’m only looking at his time as POTUS for this article.
Here is an example of Trump using Twitter in a misguided way. While I think the violence in Chicago is awful, Twitter is not an appropriate medium to announce this kind of approach. Plus, “send[ing] in the Feds” is not a good way to stop violence; changing the environment that encourages violence would be better..
There are two things wrong with this. One: he is going after the New York Times, which is not something a president should do; openly putting down a major news organization is not especially respectful of constitutional freedom of the press. Two: President Trump is using the phrase “fake news” when he’s referring to the Times’ predictions, not to straightforward news articles. Plus, given that his administration came up with the phrase “alternative facts,” he’s not one to be calling anyone else fake.
This is just a sample of Trump’s Twitter use since the election. There are a lot more.
Trump has already signed various executive orders and other administrative policies that have negatively affected America. There is obviously the big one: the ban on entrants from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as the banning refugees from across the world. This may violate the Constitution, but it definitely goes against the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings. Just as at McQuaid, we are taught to be men for others and to see others as our brothers and sisters, to go out and to develop kinship with the marginalized rather than marginalizing others, Pope Francis says, “We are called to reach out to those who find themselves in the existential peripheries of our societies and to show particular solidarity with the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters: the poor, the disabled, the unborn and the sick, migrants and refugees, the elderly and the young who lack employment.”
Also, Trump has taken steps to start the construction of his famous border wall. Because you, the reader, already know my opinion, I will turn again to Pope Francis. His Holiness says, “a person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel.” The Pope again spreads a message of acceptance and love. A true Christian would have more room in his heart for love and compassion than fear and hate.
With these executive orders, Trump has fulfilled his promises made during his campaign. But is it really good to make America a country that doesn’t accept those who are in need of our help and to block other countries with walls?
What Does The Future Hold?
The future of America may look bleak for those who are not Trump supporters. But, even for us, there was some good this week: the protests. It has been inspiring to see all these people at protests saying “no” to President Trump’s policies. Crowds and crowds of people have come out to fight for justice. Even though Trump is our president, this is not the end of democracy, our constitutional rights, or social justice, because as long as people are willing to come out and protest our president’s executive orders, then we haven’t lost. A democracy runs on the will of the people, and if the people are willing to stand against hate and prejudice, we will be just fine.