Donald Trump, the President elect of the United States has once again spoken out over the problems of immigration and terrorism. Claiming that recent terrorist attacks in the west have proven him right on his controversial policy proposal of banning immigration or indeed travel from all “Muslim countries”.
Trump was quizzed by reporters outside his Mar-a -Lago resort in Florida on Wednesday about his position in the light of recent events. He stated “You know my plans. All along, I’ve been proven to be right. 100% correct. What’s happening is disgraceful,”.
Trump’s return to his campaign rhetoric is something of a surprising as in the final days of his campaign he realised that his position needed to soften on the matter. Though it now seems that he is now intent again on having a registry on Muslims who are immigrants to the United States, and also would wish for a temporary suspension of travel and or immigration from those countries.
How this will play out once he has to try and put it through the house is unknown. He’s unlikely to have much backing for such a draconian measure, and would indeed put him at odds with those who are centrist. Though it is likely that there will be some support for his position, which will only increase with every terrorist attack. As the west tries to avoid conflicts in the middle east from spreading into western democracies. Though many will warn Trump and those who follow his similar rhetoric that his stance actually only emboldens the rise of organisations such as ISIS as those who become disenfranchised from the democratic system will look for a home somewhere else. It’s these young impressionable people that provide Islamic state with so many willing fighters.
It is likely that Trump will once again have to back down on his severe policy proposals, whilst they made great highlights during his campaign, now he needs to unite a country that to some extent he has helped to divide. It is unlikely that he will be able to do that while still whipping up one side of the argument. It’s also unlikely that he will effectively be able to run the country when he’s actively working against a large subsection of the society that makes up the democratic system that put him in power. In the long term most of these proposals will never see the light of day, and Mr Trump may be well advised to tuck them away before it’s too late.
Joseph is a 34 year old freelance writer from London. He has a wide interest in politics and specialises in the subject. He's also a blog writer in his spare time.