What's up my people's? Cesar with ET here. This month's blog has to do with our current Commander-In-Chief: Donald J. Trump. Whether we like it or not (I sure as hell don't) he is and will always be the 45th President of the United States of America. Although we can't change the past, we can always make changes in the present to help shape our future. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has said 'only when it is dark enough can you see the stars'. To me, that means that there is a positive out of every negative. Or almost, at least. With that being said, we're gonna get down to the brass tacks and tell you about the ugly, the bad and the good (in that same order) about Donald Trump. At the end of this blog, I'll be adding my opinion on it all.
Let's begin with the ugly part of the Trump Effect. Shit, where do we even begin? We'll start this off by Trump's approval ratings from the day of his inauguration up until today; marking 2 years since then. Below is a chart by Politico with polling experts Morning Consult.
Not only does it show his approval ratings; it also contains the most controversial issues from taking office until now and how his approval ratings were affected since then. 51% of American voters approved of the job the president was doing since he took office with a 45% disapproval rating. Today, his approval rating is 41% with his disapproval rate being 56%.
Why is this, you ask?
Well, for several reasons. Let's begin with a report by The Week where they found 61 things Donald Trump has said about women. Trump has made misogynistic comments for decades, from his famous 'grab them by the pussy' remark to more perverse remarks such as if Ivanka Trump wasn't his daughter he'd probably be dating her. Or comparing Tiffany Trump (his daughter) in a 1994 interview to his ex-wife Marla. At that time, Tiffany was just an infant and Donald Trump described her as having 'nice legs' like her mom.
Besides being a misogynist, let's take a look at comments he's made that are deemed racist. An article by USA Today dives into 10 comments President Trump has made that were deemed racist. One example is with NBA star Lebron James, who was interviewed by Don Lemon; a journalist, author and an award winning CNN news anchor. Lebron was talking about a new elementary school he opened up in Akron, Ohio for at-risk youth. Trump bashed Don Lemon, referring to him as the 'dumbest man on television'. He then stated that Lebron makes Don 'look smart, which isn't easy to do'.
The NFL has had it's own share of racial controversy as well. Many NFL players began kneeling during the National Anthem to make aware of the social injustices that people of color, mainly African-Americans have been facing the last few years. Murders of black people committed by police has been increasing at an alarming rate. According to a study Reuters Health and Fatal Encounters, black and Latino men are twice as likely than white men to die during a police interaction. NFL players that kneeled during the National Anthem received some backlash, including from Donald Trump; stating that they should be fired for kneeling and called them 'sons of bitches'. Not to mention he also referred to African countries as 'shithole' countries.
Okay, so we've covered misogynistic comments, racist rhetoric which leads to another topic: lying.
The Fact Checker is a column provided by The Washington Post with Glenn Kessler and a team that fact-check statements made by politicians. Starting in 2007 to cover the 2008 presidential campaigns, they've since kept track of politicians and statements they've claimed as truth. As of February 3rd, 2019, Donald Trump has made 8,459 false or misleading claims. These claims range from the controversial Russian interference in the U.S 2016 elections to using misleading statistics about Mexican migrants that commit crimes on U.S. soil just to steer the audience to push for a more secured border wall or gate on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Aside from police brutality affecting our communities, there's been an increase in hate crimes as well. According to the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ organization, shared a report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This report stated there was a 17% increase in hate crimes in 2017 compared to 2016. In 2016 there was a 5% increase in hate crimes compared to 2015. 7,175 crimes were reported as hate crimes in 2017. Of those, 1,130 were on sexual orientation bias and 119 on gender identity bias. This means 5,926 crimes, or 82% of hate crimes had to do with racial bias. Now, there is no direct proof correlating Trump's presidency to this increase in hate crimes...but one does have to wonder this coincidence. Which, by the way, I don't believe in coincidences.
Another controversial issue surrounding the Trump administration: the separation of children from their families that were detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. According to this article by Independent, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar stated a total of 3,000 migrant children were illegally separated from their families by the Trump administration that began in May. A Politifact article stated this was done as part of their zero-tolerance policy to everyone who crosses the border illegally. Receiving an enormous amount of disapproval and backlash worldwide, Trump signed an executive order ending the cruel practice after a federal judge struck down on this policy. However, due to the lack of organization and preparedness, families were separated and according to a CNN article from December 2018; 171 children have still not been reunited with their families. A total of 14,000 unaccompanied children are being held in detention centers. Not to mention children that underwent depression from being away from their families to trying to adapt to a whole new environment, being caged in detention facilities, as reported by Newsweek.
Another bad. The fact that President Trump believes climate change is all a hoax and supports a fossil fuel agenda. An article on BBC mentions that although Trump received a report by government officials on the dangers of climate change, he still does not believe it.
Well, in this case of the Trump Effect, the bad and the ugly far outweigh the good. Within the last few years, we've come to find out that stupid people CAN become president. Donald Trump is good at branding and marketing, which got him where he is today. But, he's still stupid. We've also learned that racism has not diminished; it was just tucked underneath the bed of social norms. Since Trump began displaying his ignorant, blatant bigotry, misogynistic and racist views to the world, it seems he's built a platform to which racists are comfortable expressing their racism. They just sugarcoat their racism by blaming 'illegals', the younger generations, etc. But we see through your bullshit and we don't tolerate it either. We've also learned that the Millennials and Generation Z(born after Millennials) are the last hope for humanity. With global temperatures rising, ice caps melting, oceans rising and warming up, NASA released an article citing climate change and our issues at hand. We've also learned to become more politically active and aware, as the younger generations showed up to polls with an 188% increase in youth voters during the 2018 midterm elections compared to 2014's midterms, as an article by The Atlantic states.
So yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is a good outcome through these negative issues. The point is to be aware of everything around you, from your environment to social issues, politics, etc. All of these articles are from last year up until now; I tried providing the most recent news articles but wasn't able to on some. I implore you to do your own research as always and don't rely just on my research. With that being said, don't forget to drop a comment and let us know what you think of the blog. Peace, Love, and fuck Trump!
Stay Elevated y'all ✌