STORY BY ALICE SAMBERG, POLAROID PHOTOS BY QUINN CASE
There has been months of speculation as to what Donald Trump would do if he won the presidential election- and on Jan. 20, the day of his inauguration, Trump wasted no time rolling up his sleeves and enacting legislation that is bound to shake up the United States.
On his first day in office, Trump issued an executive order aimed at reducing the financial burden of private insurers and health care providers (aka reversing Obamacare) and since then has signed on many other executive orders concerning, most notably, border control and immigration.
Trump’s “travel ban” is arguably the most disputed order. Banning foreign nationals from Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Yemen for various periods of time ranging from 90 days to indefinitely, the executive order has been made more controversial by the possibility that it may be in violation of the Constitution.
Aside from his controversial executive orders, Trump has raised a stir by nominating Betsy DeVos, a woman with limited political and educational experience, as his Secretary of Education. There were protests nationwide, similar to the Women’s Marches, including here in Reno where a crowd gathered outside of the federal building on Sunday, Feb. 5.
“When Trump was elected, I think a lot of people were scared and unsure of their futures. The current administration has encouraged people to come out of the woodwork and unite with proactive people from our community to make our voice heard,” McQueen senior Quinn Case said.
That following Tuesday, Feb. 7., Devos was confirmed into Trump’s cabinet through a historic tiebreaker in the Senate.
“The appointment of DeVos is a disheartening reminder that the government can be bought; however, this time the effects have the potential to last for decades,” McQueen senior Maleah Milner said. “Unfortunately Congress has chosen to overlook the future of the nation in favor of a corrupt spoils system, and the generations making their way through the public school system will have to pay the price.”
According to NowThis, a left-leaning digital news company, the DeVos family’s political action campaign has contributed approximately $200 million to Republican senators.
After about one month in office, Trump’s approval rating has consistently declined. As of yesterday, Feb. 15., a Gallup poll survey shows Trump’s approval rating is 40 percent. If you’d like to keep track of Trump’s approval rating, Gallup maintains a regular interactive tracker that is updated every four days.