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Trump's Re-Election Campaign: A Humanitarian Overview

With the United States Presidential elections roughly 4 months away, we see the entire nation divided in its opinions and ideologies. When the elections take place amid a mishandled pandemic, riots, protests and general distress, it is evident that voters in the U.S. would want to elect a President with a strong humanitarian and social agenda.

When we talk about Donald Trump, a large part of his reelection campaign is shaped by his policies and actions over the last four years.

Trump’s tough talk on immigration is what got a lot of Americans interested in his campaign in 2016. He spoke of deportation and detention of undocumented immigrants as well as construction of the famous U.S.- Mexico border wall, which is currently under progress.

In 2019, he issued an order which said the U.S. expects to receive 368,000 new refugees by 2020, and offer them protection-based immigration. He said his primary goal is to put refugees in a position where they can return home and help rebuild their own country.

Healthcare reform was a large part of Trump’s policies In 2017, he introduced his own healthcare bill. It reduced healthcare costs for large employers, etc. but at the same time, it increased costs for the average American and also made it harder for children from families under the poverty line to receive health coverage.

In 2019, he said that all taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop recommending abortions, which sparked protests by women’s rights and activist groups.

In 2020, however, we’ve seen Trump lose his popularity more than ever, especially on the social and humanitarian front.

When the COVID-19 pandemic had newly started in the U.S. in March 2020, Trump evidently failed to stress the seriousness of the pandemic, refused to encourage wearing face masks, and did not impose strict enough restrictions, which was met by widespread disapproval of healthcare experts and the general public. This mishandling also led to the pandemic spiralling out of control, making the U.S. the worst hit country in the world.

May-June of 2020 also saw widespread civil unrest, protests and riots across the country, caused by the death of a black man in police custody. People came out in large numbers to protest against police brutality in the U.S., as well as stand in solidarity with the African-American community.

Trump’s aggressive response to the protestors by threatening military action, and failure to acknowledge or take substantive action toward the actual issue, agitated the people even further.

The suspension of immigrant work visas and conditional visa laws for international students(now withdrawn), only caused more frustration.

Public opinion widely holds that the Trump administration has not played a very strong or articulate role in shaping humanitarian policies and opinions, and evidently so.

While it is fair to say Trump has implemented social reform to an extent, he has time and again failed to understand and provide for the needs of his people.

His aggressive and contradictory stances on several social issues have resulted in people voicing for a President who prioritizes social welfare and has an effective and beneficial humanitarian agenda.

Reporter: Pranav Govil

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