By Kristian Jaime
Following the surprising win against Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President-Elect Donald Trump wasted little time outlining his first 100 days in office.
As the business mogul garnered a total of 290 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228, results exemplified what many expected. A strong showing in the south and conservative states in the west were coupled with victories in swing states like Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan.
“Now is time for America to bind the wounds of division. To all the Democrats, Republicans and independents, it is time to come together as one united people,” said President-Elect Trump in his victory speech in New York City. “I pledge…that I will be President for all Americans. For those who did not support me, I’m reaching out for your support and your help to unify our great country.”
For many keeping tabs on the electoral map, the loss of such key states soon spelled the end for Clinton’s second bid for the White House. Despite capturing the larger prizes out west like California and Nevada and liberal east coast bastions like New York, Massachusetts and Virginia, it was too much to overcome as many heartland states went Republican.
Also bolstering President-Elect Trump’s win was the GOP controlling the Senate 51-48 and the House of Representatives 238-193. The strong conservative results of election 2016 now sets the table for the crucial first 100 days in office with key objectives already spelled out in numerous speeches by the former Republican Presidential Candidate.
“This is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions and backgrounds and beliefs who want and expect our government to serve the people and serve the people it will. We will begin the urgent task of building our nation and renewing the American dream,” President-Elect Trump continued.
Chief among them is repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as it has become known, and aggressively deregulating business constraints to spur growth and stimulate the economy. Also on tap will be revising environmental policy that was on course to invest in both wind and solar technology under President Obama.
Myron Ebell, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), is slated to be the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The announcement came amid comments by the noted researcher in which he called the climate change problem “global warming alarmism.” Ebell has gone even further to say that global warming concerns are “not based on science.”
“I’ve spent my entire life in business looking at the untapped potential in projects and people all over the world. That is now what I want to do for our country,” explained President-Elect Trump.
That underscores the sentiment of the newly minted President-Elect in his now famous tweet calling the environmental issue a concept “created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Little is yet known what this result means for national security with only hints to a more brazen stance towards terrorist groups across the world. While there has been no shortage of tough talk by the President-Elect, the nuance of international relations will demand what many expect to be a softer tone. While the Trump campaign regularly touted the endorsement of numerous military brass, that is far from a clear message of the escalation of the War on Terror.
At home, the rallying cry of building a wall on the southern border with Mexico and tighter immigration standards still resonates with both supporters and detractors. With a spike in racially motivated attacks against minorities and hate groups across the country seemingly mobilizing, President-Elect Trump’s call to heal the nation after such a divisive campaign has potentially fallen on deaf ears.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has already stated publicly that his country will not pay for the construction of any wall between the two nations and they will not be forced into any such financial agreement. There is no word by the developing Trump Cabinet as to how that will take place.
Yet anti-Trump rallies also continue across with social media building support with the now infamous #notmypresident.
The conservative agenda will be made that much easier as Republican Minnesota Senator Paul Gazelka and House Majority Leader Congressman Kevin McCarthy of California take the reigns.
While many credit the win to a growing animosity to politics as usual by Democrats, many more credit FBI Director James Comey for derailing the Clinton campaign with another investigation into e-mails by the former Secretary of State. Despite saying that it would not yield any charges against Clinton, it did make it easier for the Trump Campaign to paint the the first female to garner a major party’s nomination as untrustworthy and dangerous.
“To all the women, and especially the young women, who have put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion,” said Hillary Clinton in her concession speech to supporters. “I still believe as deeply as I ever have, that is we stand together, our best days are still ahead of us.”
As for the President, he pointed out that he was part of a transition between two individuals that were ideologically polar opposites. In comments to the White House Press, he stressed that the hallmark of this nation was always a peaceful transfer of power to the next Commander-in-Chief.
“One thing you learn in this job is that the Presidency and Vice Presidency is bigger than anyone of us,” concluded President Obama. “So I have instructed my team to work as hard as we can to ensure this is a successful transition. I’m [also] proud of Secretary Clinton because of her life of public service. Her nomination was historic and sends a message to [all our] daughters.”
There is still much to do for President-Elect Trump before his official swearing-in ceremony on Inauguration Day on Friday, January 20.