Words: Reem Hashmi
It’s been exactly a year since President Donald Trump won the presidential election. This past year, I have been actively listening to NPR and watching various news channels about the election and all the political pandemonium. Throughout all the chaos of different accusations and investigations and conspiracies, I have paid attention the most to our president’s tweeting habits. On Twitter, I have noticed not only within the last year, but since 2014, Trump has typed rather noteworthy tweets.
Back when former President Barack Obama was in office, Trump audaciously tweeted, “Obama is, without question, the WORST EVER president. I predict he will now do something really bad and totally stupid to show manhood!” (8:07 PM – Jun 5, 2014), portraying Obama as a cynical character. This past June, Trump continued his brash tweeting habits explaining his personal view on the international travel ban. Trump tweeted, “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.” (3:29 AM – 5 Jun 2017). Considering this deliberate undermining of his own administration, Trump has certainly impacted my decision making as a future voter in 2020.
When the next presidential election comes around in 2020, I will be 18 and eligible to vote. Being a new voter I must be prepared in my decision making. Although President Trump has sparked much controversy not only among the people of the United States but also the people of the world, he has opened my eyes to the reality of what goes on in our government. As I am continuously gaining exposure to the realm of political science and governmental affairs, I know I will be ready to make my vote count in 2020.
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