Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump often said that, were he to become president, the U.S. would win so much that Americans would tire of winning.
“We will have so much winning if I get elected that you may get bored with winning. Believe me,” Trump said last year.
If the next four years are anything like the last several days, patriotic Americans may indeed find themselves positively exhausted by victory.
Well, it’s been less than one week since Trump was declared president-elect, and it is still more than two months until he is sworn in and enters the White House — but the U.S. already seems to be winning.
If the next four years are anything like the last several days, patriotic Americans may find themselves positively exhausted by victory.
The very day after Trump’s win, stocks were up — despite cataclysmic predictions of the inevitable economic doom that was supposed to follow a Trump victory — and the week closed with the Dow Jones seeing its best performing week since 2011.
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By Friday, it had become clear that, thanks to Trump’s win, the Trans-Pacific Partnership was effectively dead in the waters of the Washington swamp. “If the next president wants to negotiate a trade agreement, he has the opportunity to do that and to send it up,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week.
“It’s certainly not going to be brought up this year and it’d be up to discussions with the new president as to, you know — I think the president-elect made it pretty clear he was not in favor of the current agreement,” he said.
Another bad trade deal that looks as if it will be consigned to the ash heap of history is the TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union. On Friday, E.U. Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström told reporters the TTIP had essentially been abandoned. “There is strong reason to believe that there would be a pause in TTIP,” she told reporters in Brussels.
Speaking of trade deals, Canada indicated it is willing to renegotiate NAFTA following Trump’s stunning victory, while Mexico said it was open to discussions on the treaty. “I think it’s important that we be open to talking about trade deals,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters last week.
“If the Americans want to talk about NAFTA, I’m more than happy to talk about it,” he said. Meanwhile, Mexico’s Minister of the Economy Ildefonso Guajardo told reporters, “We’re ready to talk so we can explain the strategic importance of NAFTA for the region.”
But Trump’s victory seems to be setting off shock waves of winning in more than just the economic arena. On Monday, the Kremlin announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump had spoken on the phone.
According to the official Kremlin statement, both Trump and Putin agreed “on the absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations” and agreed to move “to normalize relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues.” This includes “the need to work together in the struggle against the No. 1 common enemy — international terrorism and extremism.”
And while many college campuses across the country are paralyzed by crazed, protesting students apoplectic at the idea of President Trump, some colleges appear to recognize the winds of change that swept Trump into office.
At the end of October, NYU professor Michael Rectenwald was put on leave for criticizing the emotionally unstable, totalitarian safe-space culture suffocating students on campuses across the country. A group of progressive professors didn’t like Rectenwald’s position and pressured the administration to get rid of him. “They are actually pushing me out the door for having a different perspective,” he told the New York Post at the time.
However, the very day after Trump’s win, it was reported that not only was Rectenwald keeping his job — but he was also getting a promotion to full professorship with an 18-percent raise. Rectenwald’s promotion also came with an email from Liberal Studies Dean Fred Schwarzbach strongly criticizing those professors who had wished to banish Rectenwald in the first place.
“The importance of the free and open exchange of different views, even those with which most of us disagree” is one of the program’s “core values,” Schwarzbach wrote.
Furthermore, it appears that PC culture is retreating not just from college campuses following Trump’s victory, but also from the government. On Thursday, two days after Election Day, the Department of Veterans Affairs sent a letter to Congress informing it that controversial plans to pay for transgender veterans’ gender reassignment surgeries had been abandoned.
If the last few days are any indication, the next four years will indeed see victory after victory for the American people in the areas of the economy and trade, foreign relations, common sense, and free speech.