As inauguration day, Jan. 20, approaches for President-elect Donald Trump, Americans nationwide are anxious to see what a Trump presidency will look like, wondering what will actually transpire under his leadership.
Trump has many goals and has surrounded himself with an interesting group of cabinet selections and group of advisors. Those goals and the "Trump team" along with Trump’s love of Twitter will likely make life interesting for us all on a daily basis the next four years.
Here is one prediction I am extremely confident with after Trump is sworn into office. He has many plans and goals in his first 100 days as president. But I predict that within that time anywhere from 1-3 members of his new cabinet and maybe an advisor or two will resign. During the campaign it took Trump three shots before he got his campaign manager right.
If you look at all the strongly opinionated people with egos and contradicting personalities that have been tabbed, cabinet and advisory clashes are bound to happen. We get a short glimpse of those clashes now with the constant media reports of unrest and clashes among Trump’s transition team and its advisors.
I also predict throughout Trump’s campaign, I’m talking about at least once a week, there will be at least one Tweet (more likely multiple Tweets) that will get Trump in trouble. Hopefully, if that happens, it will be a Tweet that strictly impacts Trump and not the entire country in some way.
I predict the wall that Trump promised throughout his campaign, an actual solid wall that everyone envisions, will never be built along the Mexican border. Something might be placed there, something affordable and cost-effective, but not an actual wall. I think the most that will be established is an increase in border patrol help.
I predict, and we are seeing the problems reported now, that throughout his presidency Trump will be dogged by consistent conflicts of interest with his business ventures and investments. He has suggested he will separate himself from his business empire to avoid any conflict of interest. I believe in the next four years there will be at least one major presidential decision or move by Trump involving a global or domestic issue that will favorably impact his business. And as a master of loopholes, Trump will probably do something that is ultimately considered legal.
I predict that Trump will not win his “war” with the media. The media giveth and the fact-based media taketh away. When it comes to politics, the media, whether it’s social media or mainstream media (newspapers, CNN, network news, etc.), made Trump what he is today – president-elect. But mainstream media news outlets are fact-based and will continue to fact-check the consistent false statements and inuendos that come from Trump and the Trump camp.
The media can also be relentless when serving and informing the public. Trump was so smug and confident he had the media wrapped around his finger, calling out the media at his rallies. But when the “Access Hollywood” video surfaced, the electronic media played it over and over again. All the media entities analyzed it over and over again to the point where it contributed heavily to the momentum that was in Hillary’s favor. While the Trump camp will likely continue the mantra of never letting the facts get in the way of a good story, the media will continue to do its normal job of fact-based reporting. That means putting the presidency and all the actions of president-elect Trump under a microscope, whether his staunch and blinders-wearing supporters like it or not.
My last thought in this blog….
I can’t wait for Jan. 20, 2017 to arrive because that is the day Donald Trump will be sworn into office. And on that day, we can start counting down the days to the next presidential election on Nov. 3, 2020. And when Trump seeks re-election, he will have to deal with a growing demographic. It will be the first time all members of the millennial generation – the 18-45 age group - will be eligible to cast their vote for President. According to Internet reports, that age group is expected to represent 40 percent of the eligible United States voters in 2020.
Millennials will likely wonder - is there another Bernie Sanders out there?
Dan Nowak is chairman of the Cheshire Democratic Town Committee's Communication Relations/IT Committee, a volunteer position. He is a Cheshire Parks and Recreation Commissioner and has been a sportswriter for the New Haven Register for 34 years.