by Onab Falak
Over the course of the 2016 Presidential Election, Donald J. Trump has changed his viewpoints on various topics ranging from abortion to immigration laws. After winning the election, his platform has changed more than ever.
According to The Washington Post, Trump has changed his opinion on abortion five times in three days. On March 30th 2016, Trump comments at an interview with Matthews that “women who receive abortions once the procedure is illegal will face punishment.” “The men are involved will not” he adds as an afterthought. Later that day, Trump released a contradictory statement on Twitter that states the issue is unclear and should be put back into the states for determination. “I am pro-life with exceptions,” he said“ which I have outlined numerous times.” An hour later Trump releases a more formal statement stating “the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman.” By Apr. 1st, Trump decides that the law shall remain upheld till changed when he is elected. As shown by the information, Trump has changed his viewpoints on abortion frequently.
There is a lot of debate about Trump’s immigration laws as well, such as creating a wall to separate Mexico from the US and make Mexico pay for the wall. He will also immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties to enforce immigration laws. Trump vowed during his campaign to deport the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. He shifted on the issue repeatedly and has changed his stance on mass deportations. On “60 minutes” Trump stated he was going to deport 2-3 million criminals and decide about the rest after the border is secured.
Another issue Trump has contradicted himself on, is his political stance on Obamacare. Approximately 16 million people are being covered by Obamacare. Trump has vowed many times to repeal and replace the president’s signature legislation during his white house bid. He complained the coverage was poor and it was expensive. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump stated he wanted keep protections for patients with pre-existing conditions, and the part that allows parents to keep their children insured until age 26. During the interview, Trump states “either Obamacare will be amended, repealed, or replaced.” Vice President Mike Pence stated that republican efforts to repeal Obamacare would begin day one of Trump’s presidency. It is unclear as to which plan he will replace Obamacare with. Momentarily after Pence stated the repeal effort was in the process, Trump warned republicans to “be careful” about taking on the bill. He also argued it would “fall on it’s own weight.”
In conclusion, Trump has changed his opinion on many topics, and his viewpoints continue to evolve as time passes. There is a major difference between his platform before and after winning the campaign. Some important issues such as Obamacare, abortion, and lastly, immigration.