What Would a Second Term Under Trump Look Like?


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Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Story By: Floritzel Garcia Hernandez, Reporter

Make America great again.

Sound familiar? A slogan easily recognizable for the campaign of President Donald Trump.

What would another Trump presidential term look like if he gets reelected?

Attacking Trump has become a hobby for the press and public, making it hard for voters to take him seriously, and yet he continues to lead most of the Republican Party.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump made many promises that seemed to unite Republican voters.

“I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I’ll build them very inexpensively, I will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall, mark my words,” said Trump in his June 16, 2015 speech at Trump Tower.

The border wall is far from being finished and Mexico is not paying for it, rather taxpayer dollars are funding the barrier. So Trump changed his statement, saying he never meant for Mexico to literally hand the U.S. the money for the wall which led to doubt and splintered support within his party.

The president would seek resolution for this goal during his second term. The president would also seek to resolve ‘the deal of the century’ concerning the land dispute between Israel and Palestine.

The Trump peace plan was created by the Trump administration to resolve conflicts between the Israelis and Palestenians, however, it remains a mystery to many as the Palestinians have said they want nothing to do with it.

Does someone that doesn’t do as he promises and constantly changes what he says after people question him sound like the right nominee?

Trump has experience in business, but making policies for community affairs and environmental issues is not his focal point.

Trump’s intention of removing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accords, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to keep temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, comes to show he mainly focuses on the economy.

Trump officially announced that he would launch his campaign during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida campaign on June 18, 2019.

President Trump faced an impeachment trial on January 16, 2020 but the U.S. Senate voted to acquit Trump on two articles of impeachment, marking the inevitable and historic end to a divisive impeachment trial.

“I think Trump’s ability to win a second term is based on the turnout of voters. A majority of Trump supporters are the ones that are voting and participating,” said Sanramon Chhay, a business accounting major student at Fresno City College. “Young adults need to do their part and also vote in the upcoming election.”

According to a New York Times article ”How good is the Trump economy, really?”, “Still, if you look only at the level at which the economy is performing, the Trump administration does have plenty to be excited about.”

COVID-19 has completely upended the economy and any claims the president had about his administration’s influence are only relevant if the claim starts with, “we can get it back.”

“He’s done well for unemployment rates and is creating jobs, and even though he is irritating a lot of people, he’s redeeming himself with the exception of the virus,” said Jazzy Pahal, a business Administration student at FCC.

Trump declared COVID-19’s risk after weeks of disregard and is currently implementing measures to ensure citizens’ safety. It is important to note that president Trump is working with the leaders of each state to reopen the country safely, but it took a lot to get to this point. He is criticized for wanting to reopen the country too early, and that his focus is still on the state of the economy as opposed to the citizens.

Opposing those views, president Trump has made moves to combat COVID-19 that have saved lives and the livelihood of American citizens. According to CBS News, Trump signed a coronavirus relief bill law for $2 trillion on March 27 that includes free coronavirus testing, expanded funding for food security programs, increased funding for Medicaid and state unemployment insurance, and paid sick, family and medical leave for workers at companies with 500 employees or fewer.

“I believe Trump has done the best he can to help with the pandemic. He Gave about $8 billion to the medicine department to help find a vaccine against COVID-19, he is also helping maintain the economy by giving people checks,” said Antony Montano, a Spanish major at FCC.

According to Fox’s news poll from march 21-24, 2020, 48% of registered voters approve of Trump as a president, 51% disapprove and 1% are indecisive.

Before voting, do your research, and ask yourself this: Who is America being made great for?