Donald Trump A year ago, your MCM became America's president

It's been a year since America elected Donald Trump 45th president of the United States. How has he fared?

  • Published:
There's no doubt President Donald Trump's first year in office has been an eventful one play

There's no doubt President Donald Trump's first year in office has been an eventful one

(AFP/File)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

On November 8, 2016, Donald John Trump defeated Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States.

Trump scored 304 Electoral College votes against Clinton’s 227, to become leader of the most powerful nation in the world.

Clinton harnessed more popular votes than her opposite number, however.

Clinton’s final vote tally was 65,844,610 when juxtaposed with Trump’s 62,979,636.

The vote difference stood at 2,864,974.

The total number of votes for other candidates was 7,804,213.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. play Trump and Clinton debate for votes (Getty Images)

 

Grab 'em by the p***y

It was a most bitter campaign between the top two candidates; with Trump handing his opponent the nickname ‘Crooked Hillary’ amid an email scandal that dogged the Democrat and left her campaign in peril.

During the campaign, an old video of Trump wherein he bragged about his love for grabbing ladies by the p***y, dominated social and mainstream media chatter for days on end.

His reputation as a male chauvinist  would be cemented when he remarked that he 'could see blood coming out of her wherever' in reference to a Fox News anchor; during one of the election debates.

The Republican’s stunning upset over the Democrat in spite of his perceived baggage, bemused the establishment and liberal press alike in the US.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) play Hillary Clinton and Trump during the debate (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)

 

“Donald Trump is elected president in stunning repudiation of the establishment”, the New York Times headline the day after Trump’s victory, screamed.

“The results amounted to a repudiation, not only of Mrs. Clinton, but of President Obama, whose legacy is suddenly imperiled. And it was a decisive demonstration of power by a largely overlooked coalition of mostly blue-collar white and working-class voters who felt that the promise of the United States had slipped their grasp amid decades of globalization and multiculturalism”, wrote the newspaper which had spent all of the campaign season, bashing the Republican candidate with all they had.

Donald Trump will take his 'America first' mantra to Vietnam this week for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a forum of 21-nations representing 60 percent of global GDP play Donald Trump (AFP/File)

 

Trump’s victory was even more stunning because he swept battleground States of North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania along the way.

Muslim ban

During the campaigns, Trump promised to build a wall along the Mexican border, stop immigrants from flooding the United States until “we can figure out what the hell is going on”, go hard on Muslim immigrants and enforce a Muslim travel ban, rip apart Barack Obama’s signature healthcare initiative, dismantle the nuclear deal with Iran and do nothing about the crazy amount of guns in the hands of Americans.

One year as president, Trump is yet to build a wall, but his white supremacist agenda has shone through as the United States continues to come to terms with the travails of his presidency.

paul ryan donald trump play Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

 

America’s number one citizen has tweeted more than he has actually governed, frittered whatever goodwill he had post-election; and lost key members of his cabinet amid mounting allegations that he colluded with Russia to swing the 2016 election his way.

“His twisted presidential campaign was one of hatred and fear. Trump’s caricature nationalist agenda vowed to dismantle Obamacare and force Mexico to pay for a “beautiful” border wall nobody asked for”, writes Nash Riggins of the Independent.

Approval rating

According to a latest Pew research poll, 34 per cent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, with 59 percent disapproving of the job the businessman and television personality is doing from behind the White House walls.

But not everyone thinks Trump has been a colossal failure on the job in one year.

"He is having an impact for good or bad," says David Brady, a political author and professor at Stanford University who spoke to the Financial Review journal.

"He's a unique force. And people who think he can't be re-elected are in a pipedream."

Donald Trump. play Donald Trump (Jeon Heon-Kyun — Pool /Getty Images)

 

It’s been a rocky one year for America and Trump as the president attacks athletes for taking a knee, gets abandoned by some of his hatchet men and continues to announce policies and jettison same from his Twitter account.

ALSO READ: US President urges fans to boycott NFL over anthem protests

America may have become increasingly isolationist and nationalist under Trump, but the world’s most powerful country has three more years to endure the nightmare or live the dream they elected.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.

Top 3

1 Zimbabwe Military Takeover Live Updates: Robert Mugabe removed from...bullet
2 Robert Mugabe Stunned Zimbabweans face uncertain future without Presidentbullet
3 Mugabe Zimbabwean President attends graduation ceremonybullet

World