The Denome’s Advocate: Trump’s first month


President Trump has done a mixed job at best of running the country, when he is even working at all. Photo courtesy of The Washington Post.

By Thomas Denome

It’s been a little over one month since President Trump has taken office and thankfully, my right to continue creating this column has not been revoked. Until it has been, I doubt I’ll run out of satirical material, the way this administration has acted so far.

However, satire or not, it seems as though nothing will convince the new administration to change policy, direction or personnel. On top of that, it seems that the most vocal people in the administration have shown themselves to be rather clueless.

Take, for example, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and her “alternative facts” gab. Or White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s apparent confusion on how to defend the president’s positions. And then we have Trump himself, complete with his numerous hastily constructed executive orders and an inability to accept that he did indeed lose the popular vote.

The latter of these is the more worrying one, for very many reasons, but it’s important to cover all of the bases Trump seems to have skipped over when writing his executive orders. For example, take Trump’s order to construct a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Not even minding the fact that 40 percent of undocumented immigrants come to the US by plane and then overstay their visas, according to Politifact, the wall is still a terrible idea. A 30-foot wall will only create a market for 31-foot ladders and tourist visas.

Looking at Trump’s other antics with Mexico, he has proposed a import tax on our southern neighbor, basically forcing companies to pay high amounts of taxes on anything they make in Mexico, then export into the U.S.. Not only is this policy flawed in it’s intended purpose, (companies would simply outsource their jobs to other countries abroad) but it would also create a ripple effect that would kill the Mexican economy, which, in 2015, exported $316.4 billion worth of goods into America. Without that, the Mexican economy would spiral out of control, putting millions out of work and only creating more illegal immigration into the U.S.

Moving on from Trump’s Mexican policy, he has also signed another infamous executive order banning immigration and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries that Trump claims are prone to terrorism. The order has already been overturned by a U.S. District Court, but true to his nature, Trump has largely avoided discussing solutions to the problem and instead insulted everyone involved who disagrees with him.

Again, Trump’s order is full of holes. The order merely discriminates against the huge number of people who actually do need to emigrate to the U.S., while also seeming to forget that fact that the large scale massacres Trump and his supporters warn have spawned from Middle-Eastern migrants are extremely rare.

Trump’s other major action so far has been proposing a judge to finally fill the seat of the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. His nominee, Neil Gorsuch, is currently a U.S. District judge in Colorado, with a reputation as a reliable, but reasonable conservative.

Gorsuch and his possible future as a justice are not the problem here, however. Despite his qualifications and apparent respect for things that Trump doesn’t seem to even acknowledge in his policymaking, Gorsuch is being appointed to a seat that should have been filled by President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland.

The majority of Senate Democrats are currently opposed to the nomination, but ultimately, their opposition only shows a larger problem in the American political system, one only distantly related to Trump: American politics are becoming a war, where neither side is above revenge, even when there honestly is nothing to be angry over.
And yet, Senate Democrats will likely vote against Gorsuch in droves, not even considering him, just as Republicans refused to do with Garland. All while outside of Capitol Hill, across the nation, protesters and counter-protesters wave signs and demand their agendas be appeased. Trump has not done anything towards fixing the country or repairing any kind of anger throughout America. He has only made things more divisive.