Donald Trump’s election means that a lot of policy change is coming to Washington, D.C. — and likely a lot faster than many people realize.
In a pre-election speech at Gettysburg, Trump laid out everything he wanted to do in his first 100 days in office as president, including suing all the women who accused him of inappropriate behavior.
Here are some of the things:
Starting with the government machinery, he wants to impose term limits on all members of Congress, reduce federal workforce, eliminate two existing regulations for every new federal regulation, and enact foreign policy decisions like withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, labeling China a currency manipulator and canceling billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs, instead using the money to fix country's water and environmental infrastructure.
He mentioned additional nightmares like canceling all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities and removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country.
However, now that he is in line to be the next president, others are also predicting what America has in store with Donald Trump in office.
"America’s system of political checks and balances may vanish in the first 100 days of a Donald Trump presidency and Republican-run Congress. Facing no restraints other than protests they can ignore, Republicans driven by far right-wing ideologies, partisan score-settling and fealty to corporate America may seek to erase all traces of the Obama years and reset the political and judicial stage for years to come," predicts Steven Rosenfeld of AlterNet.
He further breaks it down in the following steps:
- Special prosecutor targets Hillary Clinton
- Name a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia
- Repeal and renegotiate trade pacts, withdraw from the Paris climate change accord and cancel the nuclear weapons agreement with Iran
- Federal Constitutional amendments to outlaw abortion rights
- Repeal Obamacare, Obama’s immigration and other executive orders
- Start building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border
His list is lengthy, and not comforting at all.
The Guardian's Ruth Sherlock and Charlotte Krol have a list of their own, which isn't any better.
It includes, "drain the swamp" of big money Washington politics, and "reduce the corrupting influence of special interests," although who and what will come under this heading, no one knows. Trump will also leave NATO allies to fend for themselves not "guaranteeing" protection to them.
The duo also believes one of Trump's first actions will be "to try to erase the effects of Mr. Obama's presidency" by canceling every "executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama."
Will he even be able to pull any of his boastful promises? Only time will tell.
It's actually disconcerting to think what Donald Trump will do once in office. Knowing him, he may take a 180-degree turn from his campaign promises but then, he may not.
Meanwhile, he has people gearing up and fretting for the worst.
ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero: If Donald Trump Implements His Proposed Policies, We’ll See Him in Court https://t.co/AHeSTBG83h— ACLU National (@ACLU) November 9, 2016