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Give Trump A Chance

Give Trump A Chance

The BriefGet Up To Speed
On the heels of a deeply polarized election, Donald Trump assumed office having won the Electoral College, 306 to 232, but having lost the popular vote by over 2.8 million voters.  His opponents argue that he gave voice and legitimacy to extremists, and that his unpredictable, autocratic style is a threat to both democratic ideals at home, and stability abroad.  But others, including critics, argue that Trump’s election represents the will of the American people, who--hungry for change--repudiated the status quo.  In their view, we must find areas of common ground to work together, because obstructionism would only deepen the political divide, and a paralyzed government would benefit no one.  Should we give President Trump a chance?
 
Background

Breakdown of how each state voted in the 2016 election.   

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Donald Trump scored an impressive Electoral College victory Nov. 8 after a campaign that revealed deep divisions – by race, gender and education – that were as wide and in some cases wider than in previous elections, according to an analysis of national exit poll data.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Alec Tyson and Shiva Maniam
For

I am one of millions of Republicans who voted for Hillary Clinton because much of what I heard Donald J. Trump say on the campaign trail was nonsensical as well as hurtful to many Americans. But I take some comfort in thinking, while he will have to overcome many hurdles to be a good president, he can avoid being a bad president for two reasons

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Richard W. Painter

Like it or not, we Americans have a new president-elect, and it’s time to buck up. I’ve seen past elections that were regarded as the end of the world — including, in many Democratic circles, the Reagan triumph of 1980 — and the republic survived.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Nicholas Kristof

The economy already seems to be growing at a 3 percent annual clip. And even steadfast opponents of President-elect Trump’s economic policies would have to admit they are staunchly pro-business (with the notable exception of trade).

Monday, December 12, 2016
Kenneth Rogoff

Mr. Trump has indeed terrified foreign leaders with his “America first” mantra, his promises to enlarge the American military and his tough talk on everything from the Islamic State to Air Force One. The good news is that his administration can turn this fear to the benefit of the United States.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Mark Moyar

Although Trump has assured President Obama and European leaders that he will not simply abandon NATO, it is clear change is coming — and with good reason.

Monday, November 21, 2016
Loren Thompson

You may have been on the losing side of the election, but you are on the right side of history.

Monday, December 12, 2016
Charles Blow
Against

There is a chorus of voices saying that those in the streets already protesting a Trump presidency have acted too soon. Trump has won, they say, and therefore has earned a reprieve. No, he has not.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
James Downie

The problem is this is not a normal presidency nor a president-elect whose views and judgment deserve deference. Unfortunately, the “give him a chance” sentiment readily transforms into an all-purpose rationale for turning a blind eye to early outrages and, on the right, for remarkable hypocrisy.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Jennifer Rubin

No, we shouldn’t get into the habit of delegitimizing election results we don’t like. But this time really is exceptional, and needs to be treated that way.

Monday, January 16, 2017
Paul Krugman

But even with Republicans in control of Congress, neither [Trump] nor his Cabinet of bankers, billionaires and generals will have a free hand. Resistance will come, not only in the streets but also from leaders in states and cities who are intent on making America better.

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Katrina vanden Heuvel

The problem with Trump’s tweets isn’t just that they often contain falsehoods, but that they are deliberate provocations with the potential to cause real conflict.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Jeet Heer
Public Opinion Polls

As Donald Trump prepares to take the presidential oath on Jan. 20, less than half of Americans are confident in his ability to handle an international crisis (46%), to use military force wisely (47%) or to prevent major scandals in his administration (44%).

Monday, January 2, 2017
Jeffrey M. Jones

Trump’s proposed policies grouped into three categories: those that appear to be largely in sync with American public opinion, those that are clearly out of sync and those on which the public is divided. Data is based on Gallup surveys conducted over the past year. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Frank Newport