Public reflects on President’s two years in office


Poll of 136 students asked, “Is America on the right track?” This is the same question asked to voters on Nov. 12 as they were exiting the polls.

Jackson Bracknell, Editor-in-Chief

With one of the ugliest presidential elections in 2016 and a historical voter turnout for midterms, the American public has mixed feelings about President Trump’s two years in office. Trump was elected on the platform of a businessman who will bring America back to what it once was, not a politician; some view this as a relief, others still view his untraditional personality as “un-presidential.”

Many Americans view Trump’s two years in the White House as a success, due to 400,000 new manufacturing jobs and unemployment at its lowest in 49 years.

“Trump has done nothing but help the economy,” said senior Hunter Iobst. “Whether I start a business or work for someone else, Trump’s deregulation and tax cuts allow businesses to grow. I am excited for the next two or six years.”

Trump emphasizes his goal of the U.S. becoming more of an enforcer on the international scale with NATO allies contributing $69 million more on defense than in 2016 and imposing high tariffs on China due to decades of one-sided trade deals.

Trump also met with leaders that previous presidents refused to negotiate with, such as Kim Jong Un of North Korea and Vladimir Putin of Russia. Some consider this as a diplomatic plus.

“He’s willing to meet with anyone, which is an advantage,” said AP U.S. Government and Politics teacher Darcy Pohl. “He’s doing politics… A different way.”

The President’s uncommon politics also translates to a federal branch overhaul which creates instability inside the government with the constant influx of new leaders. Big names in politics, such as  James Comey, Jeff Sessions, Scott Pruit, Sean Spicer, and Michael Flynn have been fired or forced out by President Trump.

Many Americans blame the collapsing job market and the opioid epidemic on illegal immigrants. It doesn’t take a political scientist to guess Trump’s stance on immigration: keeping illegal aliens out of America.

“He sent troops to the border to stop the migrant caravan, I think doing so was justified,” said Hunter regarding President Trump sending troops to the Mexico-America border. “I applaud Trump for sending troops and fortifying the border, it’s what he ran on and one of the main reasons I support him.”

On the other hand, other Americans view Trump as culturally and socially insensitive, with regards to women and race.

“His (Trump’s) ignorance on social matters conditions younger people to act the same way as him; allowing discrimination and Islamophobia to continue,” said senior Sophia Chaudhry, a Pakistani-American Muslim. “It makes it harder to be a Muslim in America every day.”

On the domestic economic spectrum, due to Trump’s campaign promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, many Republicans were looking forward to Trump’s health care plan; however, according to the Congressional Budget Office, Trump’s plan to end reimbursement of insurance companies will cost the U.S. Government $194 billion over the next 10 years.

“It’s not his priority,” said Pohl. “His economic policy could help middle-class Americans, but he thinks he’s doing more than he actually is.”

Donald Trump has a long two, maybe six, years of presidency ahead of him. With a newly turned Democrat House and constant clashes with the media, Trump’s power as Chief Executive will decrease. However, if President Donald Trump has proved anything, it’s do not underestimate him.

“I think we will be surprised,” said Pohl. “He will get stuff done.”