Danielle Elkins: Give Trump a chance
When Donald Trump won the presidential election, many Hillary Clinton supporters expressed concerns — some more peacefully than others — about how he will handle the presidency after his “harsh” campaign, as it has been described.
It appears that the businessman-turned-politician is taking his upcoming role as president seriously, placing an emphasis on his willingness to be cooperative and understanding.
Throughout his campaign, Trump made mention of his plans to completely reverse Obamacare if he was elected. Not only that, it was made to seem as if he and President Barack Obama do not see eye to eye on, well … anything.
When the two met for the very first time inside the White House on Thursday, America was on the edge of its seat waiting to see how the meeting went.
Surprise, America! It went well. Both Trump and Obama handled the meeting with class.
In fact, when the two discussed Obamacare, a compromising Trump agreed to consider preserving two key provisions of the healthcare policy — the part that bans insurers from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions and the part that allows young Americans to remain on their parents’ healthcare plans until age 26.
It adds cost, but it’s something we’re going to try to keep, Trump told the Wall Street Journal in reference to considering Obama’s advice.
It appears Trump and Obama, in the midst of violent uproar over the election outcome, are trying to set an example of civility and respect for Americans.
In a recent news conference, Obama encouraged Americans to give Trump a chance, while also urging the president-elect to reach out to minorities who are concerned about his upcoming presidency.
Trump is doing just that, it seems.
“I want a country that loves each other,” he told the Wall Street Journal.
During their meeting in the Oval Office, Obama told Trump, “I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are gonna want to do everything we can to help you succeed, because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”
If Obama, one of Trump’s biggest political rivals, can shake his hand and offer him words of encouragement as the next leader of our country, why can’t we all shake hands despite differing political views?
Protesters and rioters see Trump as a hateful man who wants to destroy them and rip away their rights. I, however, see a man who is honored to have been elected into such a position of responsibility and who wants to serve as everyone’s president — regardless of race, sexual orientation, religion or gender.
Maybe he isn’t a career politician, but don’t be so sure that that disqualifies him for the job. He’s passionate about this country’s well-being, and that’s important. He put himself through a treacherous campaign, then decided to reject a presidential salary and lead America for only $1 per year.
Yes, he has said some things that have offended some Americans, but he is a human being. I daresay we all have said things we regret.
Of the many descriptions of Trump throughout the presidential campaign and after the election, only one matters — president-elect.
Can we give him, and democracy, another chance?
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