The Divided States of Trump

By Chan’Cellore Makanjuola

January 20, 2017 marked the end of an era under Barack Obama and brought in a new, bolder presence to the White House. The inauguration was a moment that solidified Donald J. Trump, reality TV star and billionaire business mogul, as the 45th President of the United States.

For staunch Trump supporters, eight years under Obama were finally behind them and a new beginning with Trump was ahead. At 70-years-old, Trump is the oldest president—previously it was Reagan—and the first billionaire elected into office.

While some consider him to be a bigot and out of touch with some Americans, his ability to connect with his largely conservative base on nearly every media platform, gave him widespread attention and a certain path to the Oval Office. However, there is opposition. Along with his trademark “Make America Great Again” slogan, another chant is ringing loud in the streets— “Not My President.”

The opposition is wide. It consists of a diverse group of women, millennials, African Americans, Muslims, immigrants, Latinos, Democrats, some Republicans and people across the globe who Trump has either offended or downright insulted. Of course, not everyone opposes Trump, but those who do, do so vehemently.

The day after the inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people marched in cities across the U.S. (with over half a million in Washington D.C. alone) to advocate for women’s rights and human civil rights in general. Many demonstrators held signs expressing their disapproval of Trump’s vulgar remarks about women. Throughout the world, men, women and children held up “Build bridges not walls” banners and signs.

Trump’s most recent controversial action, an executive order banning people in seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S., has sparked new protests across America and the world. Thousands of people, including immigrants and civilians, gathered at major U.S. airports to share their outrage over the ban and demand release of those who were detained in airports across the country. Trump first proposed the ban in a 2015 statement calling for the “complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

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