”Brandon, may you write something about how people of America perceive the ideas of the newly elected president?” This is the question I recently received from a former colleague in Tanzania. Kalistus Chonya and I worked together at a school in this East African country in 2014. We’ve stayed in touch ever since.
Like a lot of people around the world, Kalistus had watched from afar as an outspoken, unpredictable businessman and reality TV star did the impossible and became the US president. Now Kalistus wants to know: How have the Americans received Trump and his ideas?
That’s not an easy question to answer–particularly for one person. So I didn’t answer Kalistus’s question. Several others did. I offered the question to my weekly email recipients and Facebook friends, who offered their responses below.
Now I’m asking for your opinion.
How do you think the “people of America perceive the ideas of the newly elected president?” Speak an as individual, or try to speak for America as a whole if you like. In any case, keep it fair and level-headed. As evident below, The Periphery represents a variety of perspectives, which helps us best see and understand situations from all angles.
Add your angle in the comments below to help our observer in East Africa.
His brashness is a negotiating tactic. While he is surely more “America first” than the most recent guys, that doesn’t make him “anti” anybody. At the root, his ideas are neither original nor extreme.
I was very surprised he was elected & it has changed my opinion for the worse of America, the country I share with so many others. In a way, it is good that I was made aware what the silent wanted & it has provided moments of deeper communication among friends and family. We cannot learn if we never become vulnerable enough to make a visible mistake. I’m constantly disappointed by President Trump. I disagree with many of his decisions, most especially the travel ban. I don’t feel hopeless, though. This time will pass and hopefully in 4 years America can provide a different kind of president.
The best thing to happen to politics in many years. The majority of the state’s support him.
The majority of us disapprove. Personally, I’m deeply concerned and saddened by almost everything he says and does especially his limited vision of an “Only America first” world.
Dear Kalistus, For many years previous Presidents have focused too much on other countries. They donate millions in money, military, and resources to other countries and yet the American people are left with the bill. Our cities are rattled with crime, cities without good infrastructure and water, our jobs are being sent overseas, and our education isn’t the best in the world. President Donald Trump is right in this regard. Even though I may not always agree with his policies or he may not portray himself conventionally, he is still right. Many other people agree as well and so he is our president.
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