It has been nearly six months since Donald Trump took office as the 45th President of the United States. The lavish inauguration at the Capitol Building in Washington DC stood at odds with the country’s struggling economy, growing poverty and financial uncertainty for millions of Americans.
Since then, Republicans and Democrats have been locked in one of the ugliest political fights in the history of their nation.
While Democrats are exposing every perceived failure by the Trump administration, chastising every decision and scrutinizing every word, Republicans are caught in a dichotomy. While they are aware of Trump’s unpredictability, and still suspicious of his unconvincing Republican credentials, they are still eager to use his term in office to implement their long-dormant agenda, including the repelling of The Obama health care plan, known as the Obamacare.
Media coverage of Trump’s performance has followed a predictable pattern, with the so-called ‘liberal’ media - the likes of CNN, New York Times and the Huffington Post - regularly condemning, belittling and criticizing the White House performance.
On the other hand, rightwing, populist media, like Fox News defend Trump’s actions, blocking any attempt at espousing a healthy and democratic debate. They constantly parade and exploit every opportunity at levying counter accusations at their enemies in Congress or media.
The country is thus split at the seams, leading to unprecedented political uncertainty.
However, since Trump’s inauguration, the dominant debate has largely focused on Trump himself – his misguided policies and personality. It has veered from any wholesome examination of the state of US economy or the miserable state of foreign policy and unwinnable wars that have preceded Trump.
Omitting the Past
Trump represents an amalgamation of American military power, business monopoly and media savvy. He seems smart enough to understand that his country requires a change of course, but lacks the will, wisdom and skills to guide it adequately.Ramzy Baroud