45 Questions American People Have For President Donald Trump

45 Questions American People Have For President Donald Trump

A collection of questions from all ages and parties directed to the new Commander-in-Chief.
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The 45th President of the United States of America gets inaugurated today. President Donald J. Trump will be sworn into office at 12:00 PM EST and take this position as a political novice. Despite Trump's decisive campaign and highly informative tweets, many Americans are left confused as to what his plans are.

Thus, in order to get a generalized sense of what information is desired by the citizens of America, I put out a request to everyone I know from across the country, across all political beliefs and age demographics.

All contributors have agreed to remain anonymous and are cited with their age and registered political party. These questions below have been edited for brevity and clarity. I did NOT censor this; these are the actual questions of the American people.


1. Are you scared?

21, Democrat

2. How do you plan to engage with the governors and states?

46, Conservative

3. What do you plan to replace the Affordable Care Act with?

18, Democrat

4. How do you plan to bring back jobs from overseas?

37, Democrat

5. What are your plans to improve the educational system (in regards to Common Core)?

36, Republican

6. Where is the funding for your infrastructure development coming from?

18, Democrat

7. How do you plan to pay for the health care of all those who are going to be left uninsured by the repeal of Obamacare? Their unpaid bills will default onto the American taxpayer, after all.

56, Democrat

8. How do you plan on restoring the middle class?

47, Independent

9. Do you plan on getting rid of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

18, No Registered Party

10. Could you tell me what the day in the life of the average 25-year-old college graduate looks like?

46, Democrat

11. Do you recognize the social implications of your election?

20, Democrat

12. Do you actually care about conservative fiscal policies, or will you embrace the same kind of spending that has run up our deficits in recent years?

20, Conservative

13. Do you plan on doing anything about Russia hacking the DNC now that you've admitted it?

18, Democrat

14. How did your work in professional Wrestling, for which you were awarded a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame, help prepare you to be President?

35, Libertarian

15. Are you going to continue to provide welfare to other countries before helping your own people?

47, Republican

16. Will you stay true to your anti-lobbying goals?

18, Democrat

17. How do you plan to gain the respect of other world leaders who already view you as a joke?

19, Democrat

18. Are you willing to change your views on global warming?

23, Independent

19. When and with whom did you last have sex with?

46, Democrat

20. In regards to fiscal policy, will you choose to cut funding to other programs in order to build up others (i.e. cut education to better the military)? Or will you just cut everything as it should be done?

20, Conservative

21. How many African American people are you in good standing with where that you could say with confidence that they're "poor," "have no good jobs" and have "no good" schools?

19, Democrat

22. Are you actually going to be a man of your word and not repeal the best parts of Obamacare?

42, Independent

23. Why are you so mean? It diminishes your credibility.

46, Democrat

24. Will you regulate big pharmacy so that people can get the treatment they need and not have to choose between mortgages, food, or medicine?

53, Republican

25. Will you really turn away daily intelligence briefings?

19, Democrat

26. Since you and/or Republicans are coming up with a better Heath Care for all, will all government officials be enrolled and give up their expensive tax paid plans?

60, Democrat

27. The American people actually do care: what is the content of your tax returns?

46, Democrat

28. Are you actually going to pursue a committee to further investigate Hillary's email scandal?

42, Independent

29. Do you actually know what a blind trust is?

19, Democrat

30. What is your major priority to accomplish in the next four years?

71, Democrat

31. What is your plan for our military?

44, Republican

32. How will you repay the money Congress has stolen over the years from Social Security?

60, Democrat

33. How will your sexist, racist and bigoted views affect the laws around human rights?

19, Democrat

34. How do you plan to negotiate the relations between small business and the increase in minimum wage? The increase in minimum wage is destroying the ability to pay staff for services such as day care.

43, No Registered Party

35. Did you read bedtime stories to your youngest son? If so, what was his favorite?

46, Democrat

36. Will you leave the Social Security System alone for the elders of this country?

62, Democrat

37. You discussed in your campaign how you wanted to reform childcare for working families. How do you propose accomplishing this task?

42, Independent

38. When are you giving up your Twitter account? The office you are about to enter requires your full attention. It is not possible to protect the American people and promote yourself on social media at the same time.

48, Democrat

39. How do you plan to change the laws surrounding immigration, a pillar that America was built upon?

19, Democrat

40. How does your cabinet appointments reflect upon your promise to help middle-class working families?

68, Democrat

41. How do you plan to help the families that live paycheck to paycheck stay afloat with the rising costs of living? Most are not all eligible for county assistance and would like to retire at an age where they can enjoy the rest of their lives.

52, Independent

43. Will you push for term limits for Congress?

60, Democrat

44. How will you protect the rights of the average worker after picking members of big business as your cabinet?

19, Democrat

45. Why do you want to be president?

From all ages and parties, this was by far the most common question I received.


So President Trump, the American people have questions, a huuuuuuuge amount of questions. Perhaps the best questions America has to offer. How will you answer your people?

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Saying You "Don't Take Political Stances" IS A Political Stance

All you're doing by saying this is revealing your privilege to not care politically, and here's why that's a problem.

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I'm sure all of us know at least one person who refuses to engage in political discussions - sure, you can make the argument that there is a time and a place to bring up the political happenings of our world today, but you can't possibly ignore it all the time. You bring up the last ridiculous tweet our president sent or you try to discuss your feelings on the new reproductive regulation bills that are rising throughout the states, and they find any excuse to dip out as quickly as possible. They say I don't talk about politics, or I'm apolitical. Well everyone, I'm here to tell you why that's complete bullsh*t.

Many people don't have the luxury and privilege of ignoring the political climate and sitting complacent while terrible things happen in our country. So many issues remain a constant battle for so many, be it the systematic racism that persists in nearly every aspect of our society, the fact that Flint still doesn't have clean water, the thousands of children that have been killed due to gun violence, those drowning in debt from unreasonable medical bills, kids fighting for their rights as citizens while their families are deported and separated from them... you get the point. So many people have to fight every single day because they don't have any other choice. If you have the ability to say that you just don't want to have anything to do with politics, it's because you aren't affected by any failing systems. You have a privilege and it is important to recognize it.

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "history will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

We recognize that bad people exist in this world, and we recognize that they bring forth the systems that fail so many people every single day, but what is even more important to recognize are the silent majority - the people who, by engaging in neutrality, enable and purvey the side of the oppressors by doing nothing for their brothers and sisters on the front lines.

Maybe we think being neutral and not causing conflict is supposed to be about peacekeeping and in some way benefits the political discussion if we don't try to argue. But if we don't call out those who purvey failing systems, even if it's our best friend who says something homophobic, even if it's our representatives who support bills like the abortion ban in Alabama, even if it's our president who denies the fact that climate change is killing our planet faster than we can hope to reverse it, do we not, in essence, by all accounts of technicality side with those pushing the issues forward? If we let our best friend get away with saying something homophobic, will he ever start to change his ways, or will he ever be forced to realize that what he's said isn't something that we can just brush aside? If we let our representatives get away with ratifying abortion bans, how far will the laws go until women have no safe and reasonable control over their own bodily decisions? If we let our president continue to deny climate change, will we not lose our ability to live on this planet by choosing to do nothing?

We cannot pander to people who think that being neutral in times of injustice is a reasonable stance to take. We cannot have sympathy for people who decide they don't want to care about the political climate we're in today. Your attempts at avoiding conflict only make the conflict worse - your silence in this aspect is deafening. You've given ammunition for the oppressors who take your silence and apathy and continue to carry forth their oppression. If you want to be a good person, you need to suck it up and take a stand, or else nothing is going to change. We need to raise the voices of those who struggle to be heard by giving them the support they need to succeed against the opposition.

With all this in mind, just remember for the next time someone tells you that they're apolitical: you know exactly which side they're on.

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