Published On: Wed, Jan 18th, 2017

Is Trump’s Way of Doing Politics Going to Stick?

When it comes to Donald Trump, the soon-to-be 45th President of the United States has a way of doing things unlike any of the previous 44 leaders of the free world.

That said Trump’s press conference on Jan. 11 may have been the first shots fired in what looks to be a pending contentious relationship with the press.

So, can we expect more of the same moving forward, or will things between Trump and the media simmer down anytime soon?

Before even taking the oath of office on Jan. 20, Trump has made it known that he will be a different kind of leader than his predecessors.

While President Barack Obama’s pressers have been generally calm and collective, early signs are Trump’s will make for great television.

Socializing the Political World

Trump has also shown a propensity to use social media (notably Twitter) to express his views on a variety of subjects.

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One of the big questions heading into Trump taking the reins as the next President would be whether or not he would scale back his tweeting? Although no official word has been rendered, odds are he will still be heard loud and clear on Twitter for the foreseeable future.

So, this brings us to the question of is Trump’s way of doing politics going to stick?

Long before there was an Internet, there were other U.S. leaders known for their loud and what some may characterize as pompous ways of doing things. That said none of them had the means to carry a message (notably the Internet) like Trump does.

By using Twitter to lash out at those he disagrees with, is Trump setting a dangerous precedent for future American leaders?

Issue Galore Await

As he comes into office, it is safe to say that Trump has more than his share of important items to deal with.

Just naming a few:

  • Looking to repeal Obamacare
  • Battle against ISIS in Iraq and Syria
  • China’s expanding military role in the Pacific
  • Russia’s aggression in the Ukraine and elsewhere
  • Illegal immigration in the U.S., notably on the southern border
  • An economy that is still not producing good jobs for millions of Americans

With all those issues (and many others not mentioned), Trump would seem to have plenty on his plate. Even with a Republican House and Senate, he will more than likely look to reach across the aisle to those Democrats willing to work with him on a number of important matters.

Safe to say, conventional wisdom even just a few months back would have said Hillary Clinton would be the next resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

As it turns out, of course, that was not to be.

Moving forward, a President Trump will either become more combative with those he disagrees with or he will tone down some of the rhetoric, looking to capitalize on the GOP’s hold on both the House and Senate.

Let’s just say that these next four years will be interesting nonetheless, especially if Trump sticks to his way of doing politics.

As a voter, do you approve of Trump using Twitter to get his message out and/or go after those he disagrees with?

About the Author: Dave Thomas is a San Diego-based freelance writer.

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