Schemed Parenthood advocates rally for womens access to reproductive health care on 9 September 2o15 in Los Angeles. Photo: Nick Ut/ AP
Women and gender rights
Trump enters office with a lot of question mark hanging over his proposals on issues of gender. Will he support a childcare policy that doesnt leave low-income families out in the cold? Would he continue to enforce the Obama administrations executive actions on campus sexual assault? Would he preserve executive orders that protect transgender individuals from discrimination?
Trump hasnt answered these questions, but if he follows the result of the rest of the Republican party, the answer is probably a big no. Throughout the election, on issues of major culture significance, Trump has tacked further and farther to the right. After starting his campaign by is recommended that he was open to funding Planned Parenthood, for instance, and that Roe v Wade was determined law, he has come to fully embrace the Republican party line. Supreme court justices? They should be pro-life. Planned Parenthood? Hell defund it. Trump also opposes the use of Medicaid to cover abortions for low-income females, and with a Republican Congress, he is willing to build that a matter of law.
Trumps journey to the right is by no means limited to abortion rights. Earlier this year, Trump said he had no problem with trans people utilizing the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Afterward, he backtracked, saying countries such as North Carolina should have the ability to dictate which facilities a trans person can use.
There is one big exception to Trumps rightward tilt. For the first time in recent memory, Trump, as the Republican nominee for president, proposed their own nationals plan to guarantee paid household leave.( Wow! he said where reference is announced his plan at rallies .)
But the plan doesnt get you very far if youre not wealthy, or, in the case of parental leave, if youre not a woman who has given birth. Trump has proposed giving women six weeks of leave at the same rate as their nations unemployment benefits. The plan only cover-ups women who have given birth and does not cover-up fathers at all , nor women who become moms through adoption or surrogacy. Trump also proposes allowing families to deduct the cost of childcare from their taxes, but economists have criticized the scheme as both expensive to taxpayers and of marginal benefit for low-income households.
Trump has a difficult and confusing relationship with Wall Street and its not likely to get any better now that he is in the White House.
Stock markets rose the day before the election when the FBI announced it was not going to reopen its investigation into Hillary Clintons emails, a move investors bet would boost her the opportunities of election. On Wednesday global markets crashed and the US looked set to follow in the wake of his astonish victory but soon recovered on the back of a conciliatory victory speech from Trump.
Trump has been seen as bad for business. Big banks dont like his anti-trade policies and the instability his foreign policies might bring. But in some ways Wall Street could find they have a new friend in the White House, as long as they are prepared to suck up to him.
On the campaign trail Trump has all along been railed against Dodd-Frank, the financial rules brought in after the last financial crisis in an attempt to curb Wall street excessive craving for risk.
We have to get rid of Dodd-Frank. The banks arent loaning fund to people that need it The regulators are running the banks, he told Fox News last October.
Wall Street would be happy with less regulation but it might not be so happy with Trumps tax schemes. The hedge fund guys are getting away with murder Theyre paying nothing, and its ridiculous, he told CBSs Face The Nation last August.
He is proposing to end a taxation loophole that allows billionaire hedge fund managers to pay the 20% capital gains tax rate rather than the 39.6% top rate of revenues tax. Hes also promised to get tough on Wall street( although confusingly not with regulation ).
I know the people on Wall Street. Were going to have the greatest negotiators of the world, but at the same day Im not going to let Wall Street get away with slaying. Wall street has caused tremendous problems for us. Were going to taxation Wall street, Trump said at a rally in January.
But his first test may well be the mega-merger of AT& T and Time Warner . Trump has already “ve called the” $85 bn deal a threat to democracy. If his first move is to signal that the deal is off, Wall street may worry that businesses will set future bargains on hold as long as hes in the White House.
At a pivotal period when greenhouse gas emissions must be drastically shrunk in order to avoid climate breakdown, the worlds largest economy is now headed by a human who believes climate change is a hoax, perhaps perpetrated by the Chinese.
The doomsday moment for a livable climate could well be a step closer with the election of Trump, environmentalists fear.
One of Trumps first chores is likely to be withdrawing the US from the Paris climate bargain, stimulating it an outlier among the planets functioning governments, which have all signed up to the accord. The exit process will take around four years, so the US would be on its own in time for Trumps second word or a new chairpeople first.
The US discontinuing the Paris deal could bring the whole edifice down, making the steep challenge of maintaining the global temperature increase to 2C close to impossible. This would result in a sea level rise that would inundate millions of Americans homes, cause penalise heatwaves, trigger the spread of disease and disastrous extreme weather events, and threaten Americas national security.
But the worst of these consequences would unfold after Trumps presidency, so he could concentrate on his other environmental policies. Hes hinted at scrapping the Environmental Protection Agency, tasking Myron Ebell, a leading climate change denier, to head his EPA transition team.
Trump has also promised to cut all federal climate spending, which would encompass billions of dollars spent on clean energy development and hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to countries at greatest hazard from climate change.
Trump has said he will end the war on coal and the war on miners in order to reboot the industry, while also expanding drilling for natural gas. He has not explained how these contradictory policies will be achieved, given that the advance of gas has caused the decline in coal, but has insisted upon an America first stance on energy.
He might also want to start building a ocean wall for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, as he is doing at his Irish golf course.
Trumps win is a tremendous victory for the National Rifle Association, which endorsed him early and has been one of his staunchest allies.
Trump has pledged to roll back gun regulations to stimulate gun-carrying legal in more places, including on military bases and perhaps in schools. He said he supports a new federal law that would build concealed carry permits issued in one country valid across the country. This legislation, long a policy priority for handgun owneds, could undermine the current strict local handgun regulations in states like California and New York.
In what was the NRAs central priority such elections, Trump also promised to nominate a staunchly pro-gun supreme court justice to replace Antonin Scalia, which would protect and perhaps even broaden the courts landmark 2008 Heller decision protecting Americans right to own guns for self-defense.
To reduce the toll of gun violence, Trump has argued that law enforcement should be tougher and has dubbed himself the law and order nominee, a posture that cuts against what had been a growing bipartisan consensus that Americas criminal justice system is too expensive and too punitive.
We need to get serious about prosecuting violent criminals, Trumps second amendment policy briefing reads. Violent crime in cities like Baltimore, Chicago and many others is out of control. Drug merchants and gang members are given a slap on the wrist and turned loose on the street. This needs to stop.
Trump has suggested resurrecting a controversial Bush-era federal program, Project Exile, which fostered US lawyers to use the threat of tougher federal prosecutions for gun crimes to attempt to deter gun violence.
He said in August that he believed Chicago police could put a stop to the citys spiraling gun violence epidemic in one week by being very much tougher.
The key, he said, was utilizing tough police tactics, which is OK when people are being killed.
Trump has also was contended that laws that empower law-abiding handgun owners to defend themselves are another way to fight crime.
Trump comes into office having mostly either antagonized or ignored the growing and vocal number of Americans demanding criminal justice reform. Instead, most of Trumps campaign promises around criminal justice focused on restoring law and order . Trump also frequently constructed factually unsupported statements about about violent crime rates nationwide and their historical context.
Trump has been characteristically vague on justice reform. But he has repeatedly pledged support for police officer and law enforcement in the face of public criticism. Candidate Trump has expressed those who are interested in the continued privatization of prisons, and has blamed President Obama for cutting short the sentences of long-serving nonviolent medication offenders, calling grantees bad dudes . He proposed a statute mandating the death penalty for anyone convicted of killing a police officer.
Among Trumps first targets may be rolling back the Obama administrations unilateral efforts to address mass incarceration. Trump plans to immediately halt the presidents Clemency 2014 initiative, which in 2016 cut short a record number of federal prison sentences. Trump is also likely to undo the executive heads order signed by the president in May 2015 to kerb the transfer of military equipment to police departments.
A veto threat from Trump could frustrate any potential for passageway of the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act introduced to Congress last year by the Republican senator Chuck Grassley. The bill proposes to reduce mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent crimes. His election, along with the Republican sweep of both chambers of Congress, seems to squelch any hope of more progressive reform from lawmakers.
A Trump-led Department of Justice and FBI could also spell doom for federal make further efforts to track police use of force and killings by the police, as Trump has not identified the current lack of data as a priority at any point during the presidential campaign. Trump could also instruct his justice department to change course on its move away from private prisons announced in August .
A Trump presidency surely means the end of any collaboration or mutual understanding between the White House and Black Lives Matter activists and reformers. Trump has repeatedly declared that police ought to be granted more power, rather than less, which runs counter to many reform aims. Various White House initiatives aimed at promoting collaborative reform between police and communities, and receiving less punitive solutions to criminal justice challenges are also likely to come to a crashing halt.