Did Trump’s 100-Day Plan Sway UMD Conservatives?

Last weekend during a speech in Gettysburg, Donald Trump laid out an organized version of his policy plans during his first 100 days as president.

Among his points were a constitutional amendment for term limits for members of Congress, tough tariffs on foreign imports to keep American companies from moving overseas and the renegotiation of NAFTA.

“It’s a contract between Donald J. Trump and the American voter,” Trump said in Gettysburg. “And it begins with bringing honesty, accountability and change to Washington, D.C. ”

Americans have been calling for policy plans from Trump since the beginning of the Republican primary. But the conservative students I spoke with seem to think that Trump’s release of a formal plan less than three weeks before the general election will do little to move the vote in his favor.

“[This plan] hasn’t changed my opinion of Trump at all. It’s too late in the campaign to start acting like a civil and respectable candidate for president,” freshman letters and sciences major Garrett Tatano said.

In his proposal, Trump clarified that the United States would be paying for the wall on the Mexican border, not Mexico.

His proposed “End Illegal Immigration Act” says the United States would fully fund “the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country, Mexico, will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall.”

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Another point in the contract is a lift on the “restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars’ worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.”

This starkly contrasts with President Barack Obama’s oil and natural gas regulations, which went into effect in April of this year in an effort to combat climate change.

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“I think that if anyone was listening to Trump’s speeches, they would have heard all of these policy points, it’s really nothing new,” sophomore government and politics major Eileen Walsh said. “While it did not affect me personally, I think it would have been a smarter move to release this contract earlier in order to have a greater impact on voters.”

Although the points in his 100-day plan seemingly line up with Republican values, not all conservatives are sure that he represents the heart of the Republican party.

“[Trump] has made it abundantly clear in the past that he is not fit to be president with his action, words and attitude,” Tatano said. “Trump doesn’t represent the Republican party, he represents himself, and that’s not someone I would want to be our president.”

“Anything he could say at this point wouldn’t change the minds of the people already voting for Hillary because of what he’s said already, and at this point she pretty much has the election in the bag,” said freshman letters and sciences major Kip Ogden.

Ultimately, conservatives such as Tatano believe that this 100-day plan is too little too late.

“I’m sure that most people have their minds made up at this point whether they like Trump or not, and a speech he gave two weeks or so before election day isn’t going to change that,” Tatano said.