After months of name-calling, talk of building a wall, erased emails, unknown taxes, and “feeling the Bern,” President-elect Donald Trump will move into the White House.
He will be sworn into office as commander in chief on Jan. 24, making him the 45th president of the United States.
Trump has promised several things to the American people. According to a policy statement from Trump’s campaign website, he says he’s going to restore faith in the republic of those who have given up on it.
He thinks that if faith is restored, the citizens who have felt alienated for years will step forward and believe in the system once again. Perhaps helping with that cause is Trump’s outsider status. He will be the first president to have never previously held elected office nor served in the military.
Trump would also like to appoint conservative judges, eliminate regulations, and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and design policies that would improve the nation.
When it came down to what Trump’s immigration policy would be, Trump’s website said he wants to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out. He proposed an End Illegal Immigration Act that would fund construction of the walls, in hopes that Mexico would reimburse the U.S. for the cost.
It would also include increased penalties for those without an updated visa, and a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for those illegally returning to the U.S. after a previous deportation. There is a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegal aliens with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions, or over two prior deportations.
Family is a huge ordeal when it comes to whether or not they’ll have enough to provide for their children and themselves. The website said he will create a new market that is both community and family oriented.
He plans to rewrite the tax code so working parents can deduct child care expenses for one to four children from their income taxes. He will also allow parents to enroll in tax-free savings accounts for children and/or the elderly.
Trump would like to see that employers provide some sort of childcare service at the workplace, as well as providing at least 6 weeks of paid leave to mothers before they come back to work.
When it comes to education, Trump’s website said he would like to invest 20 billion dollars towards school choice. He wants to give states the option to allow the funds to follow the student whether they go to a public or private school.
He plans to work with Congress on reforms to make sure universities are reducing student debt.
This has been one of the most brutal and talked about elections that started in 2015 when Trump had announced he’d be running for president and Hillary Clinton met her biggest Republican rival. At first, everyone had seen Trump as joke and didn’t think he’d make it very far.
Little did Democrats and even some Republicans know, they’d end up calling him their next president.
From the beginning of the election season, everyone could feel the tension between Clinton and Trump. Trump saw Clinton as a corrupt, “nasty,” and sneaky woman. And Clinton saw Trump as a liar, pretentious, and a racist.
Many Americans didn’t know who to choose the day they went to the voting booths. In the end Trump walked away with more electoral college votes, and Clinton with the popular vote.
“The day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team…” President Barack Obama said after Trump won the presidency. “We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first.”