As of now, I am sure that all of you know the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. Soon, President-elect Donald Trump will be taking the office of President of the United States of America. Many citizens and political theorists alike never saw this coming and were sure of its impossibility; however, the results of this past Tuesday have left millions stunned. Nevertheless, we all anxiously await to see what will happen in these next four years.
Many naturally are worried about what sort of actions Trump may take during the next four years as a result of some of the obscure and offensive statements that he has made during the campaign trail. However, even though many do not want to hear this, I urge people to give it a few years. Trump is already showing signs of cooling off and transitioning away from the hot-headed and impulsive Trump that was on the campaign trail to a more calm, collected and open minded presidential candidate.
This past week, the President-elect and Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with Barack Obama and Joe Biden in the White House to discuss the transition process. Since that meeting, Obama has appeared more open to Trump’s presidency saying that he too believes that citizens should give him a chance to get acclimated to the weight of the job and that he seems “sincere” in his endeavor to be an effective president and work closely with his opposition to ensure unity. Of course he is not whole-heartedly for Trump and makes sure to note that they both still differ on a plethora of issues; however, he respects that Trump was the country's choice and he has to trust that he will act in the best interests of the nation.
Additionally, Trump has been migrating away from some of his “set in stone” policies that he spoke about throughout his campaign. For example, this past week when asked about his plans to repeal Obamacare (a staple policy of his platform) he spoke about how he is open to simply repealing and amending some portions while leaving some others that have proven to be beneficial. This is a great step in the right direction. Ever since the conclusion of the election, he has been slightly more open-minded and willing to adjust his policies in order to be more practical and better represent the opinions of the majority of the country. He even has been bending slightly on “the wall” saying that he is considering leaving portions open and only tightening security in other spots. It is very possible that we will see a new Trump in the next few years who is much more democratic and seeks to work for the people as opposed to his own rigid ideals.
No one is really sure exactly how the next four years will play out. Some are optimistic and believe that Trump will be more democratic and open-minded when he adjusts to the weight of the office while others are clearly furious and responding with riots and refuse to accept the results of the election. However, the election is over and there is no changing things now. We just have to hope that Trump will take the job seriously, listen to both sides of the aisle, and work for the interests of the American people and not for himself.