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Donald Trump Presidential Platform

Donald Trump is seeking the GOP nomination for the 2016 Presidential Election. Trump is classified as a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative by On the Issues, meaning he believes the government should be involved with issues such as LGBT rights and abortion, but there should be less government oversight and regulation on economic issues. Donald Trump is currently first in the polls ahead of Ben Carson, with a RCP average rating of 24.3%.

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Donald Trump’s Ideology – On the Issues


Donald John Trump was born into a very wealthy family in Queens, New York, on June 14th, 1946. His father, Fred Trump was a real estate developer in New York and founded what would become the Trump Organization. During his early life Trump attended a Military School and then attended Fordham University in the Bronx for two years before transferring to Wharton School of Business. At the age of 22, Trump joined his father’s real estate company. Trump started managing, buying, and selling small middle class houses, but soon after, his company became involved with much larger properties. His company started buying up and refurbishing prime Manhattan Real Estate. Trump now has property holdings around the world and has an estimated net worth of $4.5 billion. Although successful, Trump’s career has been mired in controversy. Donald Trump has filed for bankruptcy 4 times, unable to pay the massive amount of debt he accumulated on his properties. His bankruptcies, coupled with his many lawsuits on grounds of prejudice and fraud have made Trump seem potentially untrustworthy. Trump has married 3 times, most recently in 2005 to Melania Knauss, and has 5 children.         


Donald Trump states he would be perfect for president because “America needs a businessman to pull it back from $19 trillion in debt.” According to him, the government is lying about the unemployment rate; he believes that it is not 5.6%, but 20%. Trump said he would create jobs by placing huge tariffs on goods from China and Mexico in an attempt to make more jobs here.

Trump speaks about his tax plan, saying, “America needs a bold, simple and achievable plan based on conservative economic principles. This plan does that with needed tax relief for all Americans, especially the working poor and middle class, pro-growth tax reform for all sizes of businesses, and fiscally responsible steps to ensure this plan does not add to our enormous debt and deficit.” Trump says that his plan would be revenue neutral, simplify the current tax code, and help the economy grow by reforming taxes on small businesses.


Donald Trump believes that the Common Core is a disaster, calling it government overreach, and that school choice is the only way to ensure innovation. As president, he would get rid of the Common Core and cut funding to the Department of Education.

Trump has been accused of fraud by NYC government for his “illegitimate” school called Trump University. The school was opened by Trump to “teach the art of the deal.”

Social Issues

As of 2011, after years of being pro-choice, Trump changed his opinion on abortion and is now pro-life. Trump advocates to ban late abortion except for when the mother’s life is in danger and in cases of rape or incest. He would also cut funding to Planned Parenthood and other groups and agencies that provide abortions.

 Donald Trump has said that he is against gay marriage, but he recognizes its legality and would leave the issue up to individual states. He says that he favors more traditional marriages; however, this comment met a lot of controversy because Trump has been married and divorced three times.

Trump fully supports the legalization of medical marijuana, but he currently opposes marijuana for recreational use. In 1990, Trump stated that all drugs should be legalized, and the revenue from drug taxes should be used for education. Besides his rather inconsistent stance on drugs and other substances, Trump says that he has never tried any drugs, alcohol, or coffee.

One essential part of Trump’s presidential platform is his plan for immigration. Trump’s three principles for immigration reform are: build a huge wall along America’s southern border, enforce immigration laws, and work only for Americans. Trump blames Mexico for many of our economic and social problems, saying, For many years, Mexico’s leaders have been taking advantage of the United States by using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country.” He continues on to say that he will make Mexico pay for his wall and much of our immigration reform, and until they do, he will increase tariffs on Mexico, cancel visas of Mexican nationals and block remittance. He will also make and enforce stricter verification laws for immigrants, hire more border guards, and end birthright citizenship.

Trump has stated that he thinks climate change is a myth, but he also said that builders should partner with environmentalists. He is for the Keystone XL pipeline, saying in a tweet, “If I am elected President I will immediately approve the Keystone XL pipeline. No impact on environment & lots of jobs for U.S.”

Foreign Policy

Despite his admitted lack of experience in foreign policy, Trump has said that he will crush ISIS with on quick move and deal with the “Maniac,” (Kim Jong Un) in North Korea. Trump doesn’t approve of the Iran Nuclear deal, saying, “Never, ever, ever in my life have I seen any transaction as incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran.” He has said that he would impose stricter sanctions on Iran and fully support Israel. Trump says that he will get along very well with the Russian president, and supports Russia’s moves in Syria, saying we should be grateful and cooperate with them in their bombings of ISIS and rebel targets.