Strong protests against United States President Donald Trump, whose unexpected election and rocky first weeks in office have sharply divided American voters, were held in major cities on President’s Day.
The rallies were not as prominent as on Inauguration Day; however, they followed protests that have been constantly made against the immigration policies and rhetoric undertaken by the Trump administration, which has experienced a turbulent first month.
With the United States has been experiencing a solid economic recovery that started during the second term of former President Barack Obama, analysts are concerned that the good times may soon be coming to an end; a potential situation that could be tragic for the Trump administration.
Not My President’s Day
The largest rallies were held in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia; these protests capped what has been a very tough February for Trump, an American President who had to travel to Florida and hold a rally to lift the spirits of his supporters over the weekend.
Signs of civil and political defiance are being observed increasingly and with greater intensity as Trump continues his almost surreal mandate. The two items on the tables of those who are substantially unhappy with Trump are immigration and the “Muslim ban.” There is also great concern about Trump’s admiration for his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin; moreover, protesters also feel that Trump’s weak and controversial leadership does not reflect American values.
The Economic Question
Thus far, the protests against Trump have been ideological and political. A large portion of people who voted for Trump have explained that they mostly supported him because they believe that a businessman could bring back jobs in certain industries such as manufacturing, mining, oil drilling, agriculture, and technology.
One of Trump’s many campaign promises was that he would introduce an economic stimulus plan during his first 100 days in office. As of President’s Day, the White House had not yet given clues as to what this plan will be like, but it ostensibly involves major infrastructure projects besides construction of the wall along the southern border with Mexico. There have already been talks about revising standing trade agreements such as NAFTA, but there are also fears that such revisions may come at a cost to American consumers.
The Council of Economic Advisers, a group that has been serving the White House in the wake of World War II, recently told Bloomberg journalists that they are concerned that the Trump administration may obfuscate economic reports with alternative facts solely for the purpose of advancing agendas. Such a move may result in economic turmoil that will be initially offset by a Wall Street rally but may result in negative consequences within six months.
Should Trump’s economic plan end up in failure, calls for his resignation or impeachment, which are already being heard, may amplify. Some analysts believe that the mass deportations hinted by Trump during his controversial campaign may deliver a hit against productivity and industrial output. Should this economic downfall take place, more Americans may join the ongoing protests against Trump and the United States political system may become unstable.
In the end, Trump’s future as leader of the free world may become even more challenging if he fails to deliver on his economic promises.