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Will Donald Trump be re-elected? Show more Show less
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In 2016, billionaire realtor Donald Trump won the US Presidential election, confounding polling forecasts, expert opinion, and mainstream press predictions. In the intervening four years, Trump's leadership has divided the nation. His critics blame Trump for deepening social cleavages, and say he has legitimised racism, deepened economic inequality, and reversed crucial climate change legislation. Others support his re-election, citing his economic record and calling his America First policy vital in the age of uncertainty. So, will Donald Trump be re-elected?

Yes, Donald Trump will be re-elected Show more Show less

Donald Trump has proven himself as a strong President since he took up office in 2016. Much evidence suggests that his supporter numbers have grown, and will lead him to victory in the 2020 US election.
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Donald Trump has revitalised the US economy

Donald Trump dramatically reduced unemployment and reinvigorated the US economy. This track record is critical at a time when the coronavirus is rapidly weakening Trump's economic gains.

Context

Donald Trump has implemented a series of domestic and international policies to foster domestic production, job creation, and a thriving economy. His use of tariffs has resulted in more job security for Americans, and unemployment rates have consistently dropped.

The Argument

Trump has improved the U.S. economy by mitigating reliance on foreign exports, increasing tariffs, creating WTO disputes, increasing technical education, and creating jobs. His policies have fostered wage-growth and have also helped the stock market.

Counter arguments

It is more expensive to produce goods in the United States, particularly (electrical) machinery and tech modules. Therefore, the residual benefit for both companies and workers is elusive, since production abroad results in an elevated profit margin. Foreign retaliatory measures almost always convolute the tariff process, canceling out benefits for all parties involved. It worked – he got elected and put “a 25% tariff on all of the dumped steel all over the country” (Trump). However, four years later, we see a minuscule increase in domestic steel-working jobs, increased tension abroad, and even solvent reprisal from China. Economic gains and increased job numbers were the result of Obama-era policies

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Framing

Framing to Consider: - Economic Strength - Neoliberalism - Capitalism - Nationalism - Hegemony

Premises

Economic strength is generally good Reliance on imports is bad for the economy

Rejecting the premises

Argument hinges on the assumption that capitalism is good. Neoliberalism blinds us to slow violence and condemns us to inaction—that kills the environment and is the foundational basis for inequality. Capitalism is the root cause of all forms of inequality

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