What America Could Look Like Under a Trump Presidency
By David G. McAfee, author of The Belief Book, available in paperback, e-book, and audiobook here.
It seems like just yesterday that the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency was a joke – a distant and inconceivable scenario that we laughed about with friends. When the media began to take his candidacy seriously, however, we started to feel a lump in the back of our collective throat. And when the polls showed vast amounts of support, that lump grew even larger. But now that “joke” is a reality. The future of which we were secretly terrified is here… and it isn’t pretty.
Business Reform and the Environment.
It’s almost the end of his first term and every morning I wake up to a familiar smell. It’s not bacon or cinnamon rolls, though; it’s a sulfur-like smell stemming from rampant unchecked industrial operations surrounding my neighborhood – a mixture between car exhaust and cigarette smoke. But it’s businesses that are important, right? We’ve heard forever that companies should bring all their manufacturing work back home and their owners have been rewarded for doing so for more than three years, ever since Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, was sworn into office. The pollution problem is made exponentially worse by the fact that President Trump believes that climate change is a hoax and has vetoed all attempts to regulate emissions.
Poverty and Gun Violence.
With corporate expansion at an all-time high due to extremely limited government regulation, overpopulation in large U.S. cities has become an even bigger problem. As a result of this crowded environment and President Trump’s support of a low minimum wage for workers, poorer neighborhoods have gotten poorer and richer neighborhoods have become more closed off and exclusive. These conditions, when coupled with President Trump’s laissez-faire gun policies, led to a huge increase in violent crimes across the nation. Even prior to his election, then-candidate Trump referred to the right to bear arms (in the Second Amendment) as “America’s first freedom” and promised to not to limit ownership of assault weapons, military style weapons, and high-capacity magazines across all the 50 states.
Employment Levels and Immigration.
There are a lot of jobs available in the U.S. today – that much is for sure. But it’s not just due to the fact that corporations have been given incentives for doing business here; it’s also because of the manual labor positions made available by the enormous wall we have been constructing on the border between our country and Mexico. The president at first called on Mexico itself to pay for the wall that would separate us, but he also insisted that people who come from that country to the U.S. are drug traffickers and rapists, so it’s not surprising that their government refused. It’s an expensive project that has done little good. It’s taken up a lot of time and money but, after three years, people still find their way here illegally (although in fewer numbers due to the general decline in quality of life in the U.S.). President Trump further weakened our relationship with Mexico by ending birthright citizenship, which he called “the biggest magnet for illegal immigration,” and enhancing penalties for overstaying a visa.
As you might remember, Trump’s candidacy came with promises that he would “make America great again!” He said he would change the way the United States was perceived by other countries around the world – and he did, but not in the ways his supporters imagined. From insulting Chinese people and Mexicans to calling America “a dumping ground for the rest of the world,” Trump has done more to damage this country’s reputation abroad than any other president in recent history. Even before his election, the international community and its media largely despised Trump – but today that hatred has risen to new levels. We are no longer considered the land of opportunity; the government here is seen as being run for the superrich, by the superrich.
The Light at the End of the Tunnel.
Finally, the good news: another election is here. Although these last four years have seemed like an eternity, it’s now time for us to move on and select a new president and I couldn’t be happier. Hindsight is 20/20 and, given the opportunity to make the choice again, I’m confident that most Americans will replace President Trump with someone who has more progressive ideals. I only wish we had known earlier – that someone had warned us somehow of the impending dangers.
This is a piece describing what the United States could look like if Donald Trump served a term as president. Although the story is fictional, it is based on Trump’s real positions and statements over the course of his campaign (as sourced in the footnotes).
David G. McAfee is a Religious Studies graduate, journalist, and author of The Belief Book, a children’s book explaining the origins of beliefs and religion, Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer, and Disproving Christianity. He is also an editor for Ockham Publishing and a contributor to American Atheist Magazine. McAfee attended University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in English and Religious Studies with an emphasis on Christianity and Mediterranean religions.
 Announcing his presidential run in June, Trump said, “I’ll bring back our jobs from China, from Mexico, from Japan, from so many places. I’ll bring back our jobs, and I’ll bring back our money.” Source: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/d8554b0e57a8468e984604bf306f3fef/economists-dump-trump-boast-bring-jobs-back-china
 “A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.” – Trump’s website
 “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” – Trump Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/08/donald-trumps-false-comments-connecting-mexican-immigrants-and-crime/