One week after the election, it appears Donald Trump was about as misleading about his agenda as we were misled about how the voting would play out. That’s right, the soon-to-be Commander-in-Chief is already softening his stances on a number of issues that laid the foundation of his platform. Whether you agree with his plans (old or new) for America, here are four aggressive positions the president-elect has backed off…
Immigration: Trump seems to be relaxing his hardest-line campaign positions on immigration as of Sunday. His priority has shifted to deporting two to three million immigrants labeled dangerous with criminal records, as opposed to his initial plan to deport all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. The rest, he says, he’ll deal with later because they’re “terrific people.” He also noted that the big, tall, beautiful, $24-billion wall that Mexico would undoubtedly pay for might actually end up being a few fences. Oh, and we’ll pay for it, but Mexico will reimburse us… and $5 billion will suffice.
Marriage Equality: Trump has said that he’d overturn what he saw as President Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders, including banning employment discrimination among federal contractors. At the same time, talk surrounding conversion therapy intended to turn the LGBTQ community straight has amplified with the rise of Mike Pence behind him. But, now, Trump says gay marriage is a “settled law” and he’s “fine” with that.
Muslim Ban: Trump hasn’t said whether he’d actually ban individuals of Muslim faith from the US, but says that “extreme vetting” will apply to those from certain, unnamed countries.
Obamacare: Trump spoke of Obamacare’s huge strain on the economy, and said that repealing and replacing it entirely was the way to go. But in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, he stated that, rather than repealing the Affordable Care Act completely, he intends only to amend it. He actually plans to keep two provisions from the law: Insurers cannot deny patients healthcare because of their existing conditions and parents can continue to provide healthcare coverage to their children for an extended period of time.