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Could Donald Trump Be a Good President?

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Started: 4/28/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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1. Acceptance
2. Opening Arguments, No Rebuttals
3. Rebuttals and More Arguments
4. Rebuttals and Conclusions


Donald Trump- an American businessman, politician, television personality, author, and candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election (Wikipedia)

President- the highest executive officer of a modern republic, as the Chief Executive of the United States (

I challenge anyone that can make a logical argument that Trump will be a good President, specifically talking about his policy positions. I fail to see how anyone could support such a candidate, but I'm open to any arguments. I will not compare him to any other candidates in the race, only address his policies and stances.


Donald can be supported, although i'm not a fan, I will show how he could be a good(ish) president.
Debate Round No. 1


Donald Trump has been called a variety of things during his campaign for President of the United States. Racist, xenophobic, sexist, etc. However, I believe that these claims are misguided and have absolutely no evidence to back them up. But these are the main criticisms of him. We need to actually look at his policy positions and judge them for ourselves, and after doing such an action, I believe that Trump is unfit to be President of the United States. He is a nationalistic populist that has a platform built on reactionary policies.

For example, Donald Trump has said that he wants to punish Mexico and China for taking advantage of our economy by imposing mass tariffs upon them. This can cause a variety of problems. Trump and other fair trade proponents claim that free trade increases the unemployment rate, and that we've been steadily declining since 1990. While manufacturing jobs may be sent to countries with lower wage workers, if we look at the unemployment rate long-term, we can see that it didn't have any dramatic effects (1). Trump's trade policy will also ruin our economy and create toxic international relationships, as it did in 1930 with the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act. This is an over simplification on the matter though, and I insist those who want more information on this to go watch the video in source (2). In summary, similar to the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act (which numerous economists believe perpetuated the Great Depression), Trump's trade policy will make goods be more expensive and will cause countries to no longer trade with us, creating a bubble economy (3).

Moving on to Trump's tax plan, he has said that anyone that makes $0-25,000 a year will pay no federal income tax ($50,000 for married filers). He wants to lower taxes for all American people, with a tax policy with only 4 brackets going from 0% to 25%. He will also eliminate estate and gift taxes, and lower corporate tax rates. According to Tax Foundation and a variety of other sources, his tax plan will cause a larger deficit, and in turn a larger debt. Trump tries to justify this by saying he'll get rid of the federal Department of Education and the EPA, but with his dedication to leaving Social Security and Medicare alone, and his dramatic increase in defense and immigration-patrol spending, odds are our largest expenditures will continue to be our downfall (4/5).

Speaking of his immigration plan: Trump's immigration plan will cost us hundreds of billions of dollars (6/7). He proposes a mass deportation tactic, similar to Operation Wetback, which was in violation of various human rights and has been a taint on American history (8). He also supports requiring the E-Verify system for all of the private sector, building a wall on the US-Mexican border, tripling the amount of border patrol ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) on the border. Though he has said that Mexico will pay for some of these proposals, various Mexican politicians have denied the offer, and have made it clear that Trump is already causing tension between the two neighboring nations (9). He has threatened to make the wall taller, cut visas to the United States, eliminate foreign aid to Mexico, impound remittance sent to Mexico, and impose hefty tariffs on their goods until they build the wall. Some might call this racist towards Hispanics, and I do not see it that way. I believe this is just Donald Trump emphasizing the "America first" narrative that nationalists and populists push to get votes, to play on the fear of the America people.

We've talked about how Trump will cause toxic relationships with Mexico and China, but what about the rest of the world? Countries from all over have responded to Trump's policies on immigration and his plan for ISIS (10). His temporary ban on Muslim immigrants is, not only impossible to enforce, but against the Free Exercise Clause of the United States Constitution (11). But this isn't the only unconstitutional proposal from Trump regarding the Islamic religion. He has also voiced support for creating a "Muslim database," to track down Muslims, and the supervision of "certain mosques." This has led to him being in terrorist recruitment videos, though it could also be the result of Hillary Clinton claiming that there was such a video before it existed (12).

Some people support Donald Trump because he is anti-establishment. I would argue that Trump is not anti-establishment, for he has supported a variety of establishment candidates and have even been close friends with some (13). In 2008, Trump endorsed McCain and had an optimistic perspective on Obama (14). He has donated to Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid in the past, and endorsed Romney in 2012 (15). He is not anti-establishment. I believe he is simply reading what the American people want at this very second, and going with it. As a populist does.



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Debate Round No. 2


I extend all arguments.


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Debate Round No. 3


Once again, I extend the arguments.


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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by digitalpackets 9 months ago
The world needs a new order in politics, diplomacy institutions, indeed, the whole establishment. Donald is the man to do it, althou I do not agree with some of his arguments
Posted by digitalpackets 10 months ago
He may not be the ideal president, but, he will certainly bring a new, much needed reform of the conventional , sluggish, old fashioned, bla bla bla establishment!

The world needs a new order in international diplomacy, politics, institutions , conventions, treaties, etc etc. Its time to narrow the gap between talk and action, between hiding using diplomacy and transperancy!
Posted by desertrat23 10 months ago
Donald Trump can be a good president if he benefits the welfare of the American worker and since he has informed that his policy will attack the policies that have resulted in the loss of 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000 during corresponding trade deficits that have ranged from 300 billion to almost 600 billion annually, he stands a good chance of victory. This observable economic issue is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to economic policies that have hurt even more individual workers through disappearing jobs or stagnant wages and his candidacy has an inherent energy that is relevant to most workers that will be hard to beat, unless a candidate can honestly counter with a rationale that passes muster with their own donors as well as the affected workers. And since corporations lean to inversion by informing stockholders of high corporate tax, a tax reduction would be catastrophic to the agenda of increased inversions, which may be desired by many parties.
Posted by canis 10 months ago
We always get what we want...If we do not get it. We seek new ways to get it....Trump is the answer to what we want..lets see if we will get it..
Posted by digitalpackets 10 months ago
I may not agree on most issues of Trump, but, I welcome the fact that he is an anti establishment, a much needed reform in international diplomacy, politics and the way the so called democracy and free market works!
Posted by gregpards 10 months ago
donald trump is the solution he counts on the uneducated
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