(Reported by Honey Clark, Year 9).
Donald Trump. Everyone has heard of his name. In fact, it’s hard to go anywhere without hearing his name. Trump is one of the most controversial characters of the 21st century. Everyone has different opinions about this divisive character. We ask the question: is he right for the role of President in the United States of America?
Donald Trump has declared many controversial ideas on what is best for the country. He believes that America should keep the death penalty as he says it will stop the country from “rotting away”. However, since his inauguration early this year, these ideas have proved to be more than just campaign slogans. Controversially, during his campaign, Trump announced he wanted to build a wall between America and Mexico. Many laughed at this apparently ridiculous ambition. Terrifyingly, in February, Trump set to work drawing up the plans for a 3,100 “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall”. He has also set in motion yet another set of plans to ban migrants from mostly Muslim countries from entering the United States – another example of his horrifying words becoming reality. However, another statement that has caused the most controversy was perhaps when he said, “If Ivanka wasn’t my daughter, perhaps I would be dating her.” Should we trust a man who could say such divisive words to be the President of one of the most powerful countries in the world?
At our weekly Journalism Club meeting, the group and I were discussing whether Donald Trump should have been replaced by a younger candidate. I personally think a younger president may relate to younger citizens in America and listen to their ideas about what the country needs. What do you think? This is an important factor because the younger citizens are the ones that will be affected the most by the President’s reign and his policies. The younger generations are arguably the most important because they are the ones that will shape the future of the world. On the other hand, the older generations are able to learn from the mistakes of the past and have the wisdom of experience. The majority of votes cast for Donald Trump were from the older generation. Around 63% of the older generation who voted had supported Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. However, I believe that it is a positive thing that the older generation of Americans voted because they have probably lived in America throughout a longer period of its history and may understand more about what the country needs.
On the other hand, the older generation may not have the needs of the younger generations at the forefront of their minds. The older generation will not be around for that much longer compared to the young adults of America. The New Order of Americans will be around to see – and endure – all the changes the President will make and has made to the country. We can see them, and they are bleak.