The U.S presidential election result announced on 11/9/2016 has been described by some as “America’s worst nightmare”, likening it to the country’s most tragic day in history, 9/11/2001, which claimed the death of 3,000 citizens.
Fifteen years ago, the symbols of New York’s greatness crashed to the ground, as fundamentalist terrorists flew plane loads of innocent people into the Twin Towers.
Today, 11/9 which is the reverse of September 9/11, billionaire businessman and Republican candidate, Donald Trump was announced as the 45th President of the United States of America and this has not gone unnoticed by US citizens.
Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton went into election day with a lead in the polls, but confidence in her becoming America’s first female President rapidly disappeared as results started coming in.
Trump won key swing states including Ohio, North Carolina and Florida to move toward the 270 electoral votes needed to claim the White House.
Though it seems like a harsh comparison, it signifies how passionately some devastated Americans feel about Trump and why he should not be in the White House.
However, before any further rash sentiments and judgement is made, lets briefly examine what according to BBC, the new President-elect’s policies and beliefs are;
- Arab-Americans cheered the attacks on 9/11. Trump repeatedly claimed that on 11 September, 2001, there were thousands of Arab-Americans celebrating in New Jersey after two planes flew into the Twin Towers.
- Muslims should not be admitted to the US. In a press release published in the wake of the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, California, Trump wrote that he is “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on”.
- There should be surveillance on US mosques. Trump believes Muslims should be tracked by law enforcement as a counter-terrorism initiative.
- The US should use water boarding and other methods of “strong interrogation” in its fight against the Islamic State group.
- Trump would “bomb the hell” out of IS. He claims that no other candidate would be tougher on the Islamic State and he would weaken the militants by cutting off their access to oil.
- He wants to build a “great, great wall” between the US and Mexico. In some of his earliest campaign comments, Trump suggested that Mexicans coming to the US are largely criminals.
- A mass deportation of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US should go into effect. Trump says his deportation plan is as achievable as it will be humane, despite criticism that this idea is both xenophobic and prohibitively expensive. In addition, his immigration reforms would end “birthright citizenship”, the policy that grants the children of illegal immigrants citizenship so long as they are born on American soil. He does not support creating a new path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
- He would send back Syrian migrants seeking asylum in the US.
- Negative Views on women. Donald Trump is known for his sexist views about women. He seems to judge women based on their physical appearance rather than their sense of character. He is alleged to have called women he doesn’t like names such as fat pig, dog, and disgusting animal.
- The Black Lives Matter movement is “trouble”. Trump mocks former Democratic candidates like Martin O’Malley for apologising to members of the protest movement against police brutality and casts himself as a pro-law enforcement candidate.
- The world would be better off if Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi were still in power. Trump told CNN that he believes the situation in both Libya and Iraq is “far worse” than it ever was under the two deceased dictators.
- Vladimir Putin is a “leader”. He has praised the Russian president’s leadership and criticised the state of the relations between the two countries.
- Tokyo and Seoul should build up nuclear arsenals. He has said Japan and South Korea should not rely on the US so much and would benefit from having their own weapons.
- The federal minimum wage should be raised from its present level of $7.25/hour.
- Create a simpler tax code. Trump wants anyone who earns less than $25,000 (£16,524) to pay no income tax.
- China should be taken to task on a number of issues in order to make trade with the US more equitable. He says he will make China stop undervaluing its currency, and force it to step up its environmental and labour standards.
- Doctors should be punished for administering abortions – or should they? In an interview with MSNBC, Trump said that if abortion were to become illegal, women should be punished for obtaining them.
- The US should invest in mental health treatment, in order to end mass shootings.
- Veteran healthcare in the US needs a major overhaul. Trump wants to clear out the executive level in the Department of Veterans Affairs, saying that wait times for doctor visits have only increased after previous interventions failed.
- Obamacare is a “disaster”. Trump says he favours repealing the president’s Affordable Care Act, which aims at extending the number of Americans with health insurance, but he believes that “everybody’s got to be covered”.
- Climate change is just “weather”. While Trump believes that maintaining “clean air” and “clean water” is important, he dismissed climate change science as a “hoax” and believes environmental restrictions on businesses makes them less competitive in the global marketplace.
- He is a “really nice guy”. In Trump’s most recent book, Crippled America, he writes that “I’m a really nice guy, believe me, I pride myself on being a nice guy but I’m also passionate and determined to make our country great again”.