Since inauguration day, Trumps administration has been paved with controversy after controversy. From day one, it was revealed that the climate and LGBTQ+ webpages had been taken down from the Whitehouse website.
Unlike former president of the United States, Barack Obama, Trump has used four executive orders in his first week along; Obama used them sparingly over his two terms in office. But there is one order that has everyone talking- the Muslim ban. This states that refugees and asylum seekers from seven middle eastern and African countries (Yemen, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan) cannot enter the country legally. Essentially what this means is that people from those countries are banned from entering the USA, this has already happened to several people.
I know what you’re thinking, this must be illegal right? Yes. Yes, it is. The UN has recognised this as a breach of human rights law, meaning that what Trump has done is illegal. But because this hasn’t undergone Congressional approval, airports have already take it upon themselves to detain people from these countries that pose no threat.
Prolific runner Mo Farah lives in Oregon with his family but is Somalian born. Because of this, he has and will be affected by this blanket ban. In an interview his wife stated that ‘It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home – to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.’
Not only does this prove that Trump is the monster we thought he was when he was campaigning for presidency, his time in office will be a very external force. What this means is that everything he does will not just affect Americans, but the rest of the world. There is a kind of immediacy with his policies in relation to how they affect us. Of course, as a citizen of Britain that is not Muslim, it is difficult to have complete empathy and know exactly those in those countries are psychologically affected. But as someone with actual human emotions, I can get pretty close.
But in this dust cloud of anxiety, there is a plume of hope. From this policy, the world has come together in an attempt to undermine Trumps administrations. Just because he is president doesn’t mean he can do whatever he wants. Numerous marches and demonstrations have already peppered the last week across the globe, and there are more to follow suit in answer to this Muslim ban.
Now, Trump might be signing these orders left right and centre, but the real question is where this leaves his legacy. With his mainly slogan that was perpetuated across the globe as “Make America Great Again”, do bans like these really do this, even from his perspective? Presumably, when he talks of America’s past greatness he is referring to the founding of America, when the white man dominated and colonised Northern America up until post second World War. Even as a nation who committed mass genocide, America truly was a great country; great in the sense of its immensity. It is true that Alexander Hamilton wrote once that “a fondness of power is implanted, in most men, and is natural to abuse it , when acquired”. In the case of Trumps administration this really is this case. He is mirroring the words of one of America’s founding fathers which for a lot of people means he is fulfilling his promise of greatness.
Trump fancies himself a demagogue of the people; a man the founders would be proud of. But it was Thomas Paine, a founding father who said “a little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation”. With these words, I conclude. Trump will never be able to ascertain the change he wants because of public opinion and rights. Even with these executive orders, he cannot make America great again. Because he is making it a place it never was.