On the 20th January, newly elected President Donald Trump assumed office, succeeding Barack Obama after the Democrat’s two successive terms. In becoming the 45th President, Trump may have showcased the credentials necessary to attain such a role, and it seems his desire to lead America in a new direction, in addition to his speeches, in which he seems to possess the ability to appeal to voters via his empowering tone and gravitas, may have enabled him to win over the majority of voters, and gain support in the key states. Whilst early in his tenure, his first days in office may provide an insight into the innovative changes he may aim to enforce, and, if he is able to continue to appeal to the masses, may alter the opinions of the Democrats.
During his Presidential campaign, Trump seemed to aim to appeal to voters by focusing on achieving reform, and altering aspects of Obama’s reign. Yet, it seemed Hilary Clinton, Trump’s opposing number in the quest for the Presidential seat, may have had an advantage, seemingly possessing a superior number of celebrities, such as Tom Hanks, endorsing her campaign. Yet, it was indeed Trump who won the Presidency via a majority of 306 electoral votes, and he now ultimately seems to have been provided with a unique opportunity to enforce the productive changes, which drove his Presidential campaign, and, if he is able to drive America in a new direction, he may warrant further plaudits after his victory.
Trump’s inauguration may have provided an insight into the level of support he may have amassed. Ultimately, 31 million people, superior to both his Republican predecessors and Obama’s 2013 induction, watched his inauguration; these viewing figures may suggest he has a vast amount of support, and may influence the majority of the population. In addition to these viewing figures, Trump’s twitter account for ‘POTUS’, the official account for the President, has already amassed 14.3 million followers, seemingly emphasising the suggestion of a vast support network. In order to achieve the goals which he seems to have set out for himself via his campaign, he may need to enforce his ideologies, and alterations, at an early stage of his tenure, as this may enable him to impact as many people as possible in a productive manner.
In his speeches, he seemed to have placed a consistent focus on protecting the rights of the American people, seemingly summarised via his campaign slogan, “Make America great again.” Yet, his dominant ideology seems to surround the economy, and he seems to be aiming to make alterations to the system in order to both lower taxes and progress the financial pressures on the USA as a whole. This seems to have already taken shape, as within his first hour as President, he signed several executive orders, including altering the Affordable Care Act and withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership; he seems to be utilising his high ranking position to attempt to assert a productive influence on the US immediately.
Whilst it seems to be clear Trump has amassed a following, he may still be aiming to alter the opinions of other voters, who were perhaps swung in the opposing direction and voted for Clinton in the election. This may have been predominantly due to her seemingly staunch ideology surrounding women’s rights; whilst some of these voters seem to be involved in the Women’s March, Trump may be aiming to increase the speed of his actions in order to alter the opinion of the aforementioned protesters.
Ultimately, whilst many may have expected the recent inauguration to be Clinton’s rather than Trump’s, it seems the latter’s firm principles surrounding the American people, coupled with his seemingly remarkable public speaking ability, may have enabled him to become President. His victory may suggest the majority of the population wanted him, and the protests presently ongoing in America may motivate Trump to strive to alter their opinions by progressing the country. With Trump’s three most recent predecessors all gaining a second term in charge of the States, enforcing innovative ideologies may act as the catalyst in Trump continuing this trend.
How may Trump ensure he represents the American population, and achieves their will?