Donald Trump Is Not The Devil

Jacob Wilson, Graphics Editor

“Is Donald Trump’s legislative agenda a blank page?”, “The First 100 Lies: The Trump Team’s Flurry Of Falsehoods,” “Ban Donald Trump.” These examples of the wild headlines have been plastered across news sites. They paint a picture of ignorance in office and present the leader of the free world as nothing more than a liar.

One of the most prominent problems people have with Trump is with his travel ban on six predominantly Muslim countries. The problem lies in the over exaggeration of the ban. Many news companies are stirring up a storm, calling it a “ban on Islam” and a “Muslim ban.” For example, one article by the New York Times was titled “Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous.” They use the term without any care of the real facts. The truth stands that only six out of the fifty majority Muslim countries around the world were included in the 90-day travel ban. That is not 100 percent, it is not even 50 percent; that is 12 percent of the Muslim nations in the world. And people still continue to call it a “Muslim ban.”

Another argument put against the ban is that no terrorists have come from the seven countries identified by the ban. This, however, is not the case. In fact, since 9/11, 72 terrorists have come from the seven countries combined according to The Center for Immigration Studies. Also, Barack Obama himself identified them as terrorist hotbeds. This means that the U.S. government assessed a real terrorist threat from these areas.

In his address to Congress, Trump said, “We cannot allow our nation to become a sanctuary for extremists. That is why my administration has been working on improved vetting procedures. We have seen the attacks at home from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, the World Trade Center… It is not compassion, but reckless to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur.”

The travel ban has been put in place to create a better system of vetting for our country. If you have a sink that is leaking and flooding your home, you turn the water off, repair or replace the pipes and turn it back on now with a controlled flow. That is exactly what the ban was intended to do, correct the flow of immigrants with a working system.

Many people have also called Trump out for being racist and supporting hate. However, his recent speech to Congress makes it apparent that he will not tolerate it.

Trump said, “Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms. [Racial and religious attacks] have no place in our country, and we will continue to make that clear.”

Another recent problem arose with his so-called “war on news” as he has commented countless times on the problem of “fake news,” or news organizations that falsely present facts. In recent days, he kicked out certain news organizations from the White House which he deemed “fake news” in the past. This caused an uproar. Many people do not know that Obama kicked multiple conservative news outlets from his press section during his campaign in 2008. Creating space for outlets the president believes will present a more accurate depiction of the work done is nothing new for the executive office.

The world has heard of the wall planned to be built along the Mexican border as well. This has been a topic of controversy since its inception on the campaign trail. People have called it an insane idea and have paired it with racism implying he seeks to deport as many Hispanics as possible. News media organizations around the world have commented on this massive undertaking and shed a dark light upon it. This project, however, only seeks to defend against those who have come into the nation illegally. Trump pleaded in his congressional speech for Congress to see the project from his perspective.

“We will soon begin the construction of a great, great wall along our southern border. As we speak tonight, we are removing gang members, drug dealers and criminals that threaten our community and prey on our very innocent citizens, bad ones are going out as I speak. To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you … what would you say to the American family that loses their jobs … or loved ones because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders,” Trump said.

The fact is simple: Donald Trump has begun to accomplish the things he promised to the 62,984,825 people who voted him into office. Trump presented 7 executive orders during his first 12 days in office and will continue to create more as he moves forward on his plans. He has done nothing short of what he campaigned for during his platform where he proclaimed he was set on making America great again. If the nation continues to over-react and undermine President Trump, it will demonstrate a divided nation. And in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”


Jacob Wilson // Graphics Editor