Make America Great Again (first 100 days not included)

Taylor Huff

To some people, November 8th was a time of celebration.The results of the election were sure to spark the beginning of a new political era highlighted by strengthened borders and a conservative majority in the Supreme Court.

To others, the night of the 8th was no party. The hateful rhetoric that marred President Donald Trump’s campaign would now manifest itself through the Oval Office, something an already brutally divided country was not ready to face.

We look to the past to understand the future and there is no better predictor of a president’s potential than their first 100 days in office. In addition, with a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, there is no valid excuse for a commander-in-chief to not be able to push at least some major components of his agenda through to the outside world.

So, the question that begs the most attention is what has he actually accomplished in his first 100 days in power?

According to Politico, Trump received his “highest marks” on fighting terrorism, but was more criticized by voters on his handling of climate change, health care and his promise to “drain the swamp” of special interest groups in Washington.

I haven’t seen a swamp as big as Washington since the release of Shrek 4.

Contrary to the belief that the president’s first 100 days are completely “bogus” and “asinine,” I would argue that Donald Trump is not your typical president.

As allegations over Russian influence and overall dysfunction continue to overshadow this administration’s legacy, Trump may have less time in office than he thinks (assuming there is not already another scandal in the works).

This, of course, is all mere speculation. Barring the notion that Trump runs into a scandal which he cannot wriggle himself out of, he is not getting impeached anytime soon. The fates of GOP representatives, however, are a different story.

While Republican town hall meetings across the country are being overrun by unhappy constituents, the Congressional majority, arguably the Trump administration’s greatest political asset, hangs in the balance. Under the looming presence of the 2018 Congressional elections, Democrats are ready to launch their first offensive since their miserable turnout back in November.

Given Trump’s historically poor approval rating at 41 percent, the 2018 midterm elections will be their best chance to re-shape the political landscape to one that favors bi-partisan decision making.

If 2016 taught us anything though, it is that polls can be deceptive and change does not happen unless people go out and exercise their right to vote. Given the previous success of grass-root efforts, such as the far-right Tea Party movement infamously known for their obsession with former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, Democrats still have a chance of getting their swagger back.

As the Trump administration motion picture continues to receive mixed reviews, might I turn our attention to events on a local scale.

Just this past week, Western students chose sophomore Andi Dahmer to represent our university as the new SGA President. Just as we hold politicians on the national stage accountable for their promises during their first 100 days and beyond, we should also attune ourselves to the decisions that Dahmer makes during her term.

Dahmer’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, a platform she ran on during her Presidential race, will be put to the test as the controversial reparations resolution for black students continues to be discussed.

Following her swearing in on May 2nd, how to deal with the resolution that was intended to be a “conversation starter” must be a priority.