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Give Trump A Chance

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  • Clip: Is the response to Trump's travel ban proof of working checks and balances?

    Clip: debaters discuss President Trump's recent travel ban, and the effects of checks and balances.

  • Clip: Does Trump's cabinet affect his right to be given a chance?

    The debaters discuss how Trump's administration and cabinet picks are indicators of his future success, and whether he should be given a chance.

  • Clip: What's the benefit of not giving Trump a chance?

    Debaters discuss the positives of not giving Trump a chance.

  • 7 Minute Debate: Give Trump A Chance

    Should we give President Trump a chance? This debate short is part of a series co-produced by Intelligence Squared U.S. and Newsy.

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Give Trump A Chance - IQ2US Debate

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?

The Debaters

For the motion

Clive Crook Debater For The Motion

Clive Crook

Columnist, Bloomberg View

Clive Crook is a Bloomberg View columnist and writes editorials on economics, finance and politics. Prior to this, he served as a senior editor at... Read More


Gayle Trotter

Political Analyst & Attorney

Gayle Trotter is a columnist, political analyst and attorney who regularly appears on TV, most recently on Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File... Read More

Against the motion

David Frum

Senior Editor, The Atlantic

David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic. From 2001 to 2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush and... Read More

Michael Waldman Debater Against The Motion

Michael Waldman

President, Brennan Center for Justice

Michael Waldman is president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a nonpartisan law and policy institute that focuses on improving... Read More

Where Do You Stand?

For The Motion
  • Donald Trump’s democratic election reflects the will of the people. American democracy requires the peaceful transfer of power and the opportunity for elected officials to exercise the powers afforded to them by the Constitution and national law.
  • Obstructionism will not only prevent lawmakers from taking the actions necessary to operate the federal government, it will deepen America’s political divides.
  • Donald Trump’s campaign was fueled by a growing sense that Washington had failed the voters. Preventing President Trump from acting would further disillusion many Americans against their government.      
Against The Motion
  • Donald Trump’s campaign trafficked in bigotry and racism. Allowing him to implement his campaign promises would put American ideals, like religious freedom and civil rights, at risk.
  • Since elected, Donald Trump has proven unqualified to serve in the office through his failures to disclose potential conflicts of interests, routine dismissal of American intelligence agencies and diplomatic traditions, and insistence on nominating highly controversial figures to key leadership positions.
  • Donald Trump lost the popular vote by more than 2.8 million. His Electoral College victory does not reflect the will of the American people and he has not earned a mandate to lead. 

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