On 30th January 2018 Dr Ian Stafford, Senior Lecturer in Politics at Cardiff University gave a talk “Making America Great Again? Assessing the First Year of the Trump Presidency” To a packed Assembly Chamber Dr Stafford noted that the victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential Election confounded political commentators and academics alike. His campaign’s populist message issued a promise to put America first and ‘start winning again, winning like never before’. This rhetoric was unapologetically aimed at what Trump described as the ‘forgotten men and women’ or what sociologist, Arlie Russell Hochschild, characterised as ‘strangers in their own land’. His campaign was highly divisive and appeared to deepen even further the political polarisation that has been a defining feature of the past two decades of US politics. So to what extent has the reality of Trump’s presidency matched his campaign’s rhetoric? In sharp contrast to his opponent, Hillary Clinton, and the majority of predecessors, the Trump presidency was a step into the unknown. A President with no experience of elected office at any level.
The whirlwind of events since Trump’s inauguration in January 2017 have continued to divide – from the refugee ban to the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. When history comes to judge the first year of the Trump presidency what will it say? The talk addressed address these questions by looking at the promises that Donald Trump made during his Presidential campaign and examine the different factors which have shaped their delivery. The talk also explored how Presidents have been evaluated and ranked, the power of the President and relations between the Presidency and Congress and the Judiciary. It examined the Trump presidency todate and also explored likely outcomes over the next few years including this year’s mid term elections.
Students from Cardiff Six Form College, speaker Dr Stafford. Talk sponsored by Cardiff Sixth Form College.
The talk is sponsored by Cardiff Sixth Form College