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Trump’s First Year In Office

Kaylin Beswick, Senior Staff Writer

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When Trump took office, many of us Americans were uncertain about what to expect. Would he fulfill his campaign promises? Or would he crumble under the pressure? Some people who do not like Trump and refuse to acknowledge what he has accomplished so far.

Here are some of the good things that he has done: he enforced President Barack Obama’s red line against Syria’s use of chemical weapons, he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, he withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, he got NATO allies to put in $12 billion more toward our collective security, and he removed the constraints Obama placed on our military. Trump has also made it very clear that he will use force to stop North Korea from using nuclear weapons on US cities. Trump has accomplished a few things that will benefit America greatly. However, his year in office has been very chaotic due to his racist comments and lies.

Trump has accomplished a few good things for America, but do his accomplishments outweigh his mistakes? The answer is clear. Trump is unfit for presidency, given his obsession with race and lying. Plain and simple, Trump is racist (and not very good at hiding it). He talks about and treats people differently based on their race. He has done so for years, and he is still doing so. Trump claims to be “the least racist person”, but he has proven otherwise. He began his 2016 presidential campaign with a speech disparaging Mexican immigrants and criminals as “rapists.” At the White House on Jan. 11, Trump vulgarly called for less immigration from Haiti and Africa and more from Norway. He called Puerto Ricans who criticized his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria “politically motivated ingrates.” He spent years suggesting that the nation’s first black president was born not in the United States, but Kenya, a lie that Trump still has not acknowledged. According to a study in the New York Times, in his first 10 months, Trump told nearly six times as many falsehoods as Obama did during his entire presidency. In his first 10 months in office, he had told 103 lies, many of them more than once. Obama told 18 over his entire eight-year tenure.

Here are just a few of the many lies that Trump has told throughout his year in office:
“I wasn’t a fan of Iraq. I didn’t want to go into Iraq.” (He was for an invasion before he was against it.)
“Between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused me to lose the popular vote.” (There’s no evidence of illegal voting.)
“And yet the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years, right? Did you know that? Forty-seven years.” (It was higher in the 1980s and ’90s.)
“Walmart announced it will create 10,000 jobs in the United States just this year because of our various plans and initiatives.” (The jobs are a result of its investment plans announced in Oct. 2016.)
“They’re giving stuff — what was said at an office about Hillary cheating on the debates. Which, by the way, nobody mentions. Nobody mentions that Hillary received the questions to the debates.” (It was widely covered.)

Even though Donald Trump has done some good for America, he is racist and a liar. The good does not outweigh the bad. Not even close. I am embarrassed to call myself an American and you should be too.

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