Since his election in 2016, Donald Trump has been criticized for his attitude towards a certain hot button topic, his border wall. With the upcoming election, the question that should be on everyone’s mind is, will he run for a second term?
“Well, I don’t think he has the vote of most women or most people of color because of the things he’s said. Now that we know what he is all about, he might not get the majority vote because of his attitude,” said Nathalie Robayo of the XIIIs when asked the likelihood of Trump running for and winning a second term of presidency.
Trump has been all over the news because of the recent partial government shutdown which started on December 22, 2018, and is now looming on its 4th week. This is now the longest government shutdown in United States History. A government shutdown is when Congress fails to set aside funds for business operations. This shutdown resulted in about 380,000 workers in federal agencies being sent home without pay, 40,000 of which were called to return to work, but still without pay, and 420,000 essential workers who have been working, but still without pay. The reason behind the shutdown is because Donald Trump and the Democrats were not able to reach the proper amount for a budget needed to fund the building of his United States/Mexico border wall, Trump was pushing for $5 billion for funding. The wall was actually one of Trump’s main campaign promises, back in 2016.
“I don’t think that Donald Trump believes in anything really deeply except his own ego...I don’t really think he has any principles so I don’t think that he personally has the best interest of anyone but him and his family and so if he thinks that by holding good to a campaign promise is going to keep him in power then that’s his motive, in my opinion. I don’t think he’s motivated by anything more than that ever, in anything he does,” said Sarah Whittier, XIIsS teacher, about whether or not Trump has the best interest of the United States in mind while pushing for the wall. Many people around the U.S have disapproved of the wall since Trump started campaigning for it. “...The wall and the whole concept of that was to stop illegal immigration and it will stop a lot of terrorist attacks and crime, it kind of just doesn’t seem like it's a good idea that’s not flushed out...In the end, it kind of feels like the idea is like ‘I’ve got this idea and I’m not gonna pick it through with the idea that this is what’s going to stop it,” said Noah Reyes, XIIs.
With Trump prolonging the government shutdown to gain funding for a wall some Americans don’t want, this event will very likely affect his potential 2020 presidential campaign. Trump really started campaigning at a very early time back in 2017. He’s attended many rallies and the Trump Administration has broadcasted many ads displaying Trump’s accomplishments as president. It is said that instead of the infamous “Make America Great Again,” Trump has coined a new slogan, “Keep America Great Again.”