The protests that have been staged hours after Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States go beyond defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, a Filipino analyst said Thursday.
Historian-columnist Manolo Quezon agreed that these protesters, who may not all be supporters of Trump's rival Democrat Hillary Clinton, fear that their ideals may be wiped out.
"It’s not an irrational fear—it’s an objective fear because it’s there in black and white. You can see it: if it has been promised and unless Trump starts backpedaling quite quickly, it’s certainly one that he certainly has the political momentum, despite these protests, to roll out," he told ANC.
In Trump's website, he said, there is a list of the first 100 days action, and people have been rushing to look into it since Trump's election.
Quezon noted, among these are actions that will protect American workers, and "security and the rule of law as he defines it."
Some of the policies that Trump wants are:
- Term limits on Congress;
- Hiring freeze on all federal employees;
- A rule that if you want to make a federal regulation, you have to remove two federal regulations;
- 5-year ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government;
- a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of foreign government.
For the American workers, Quezon said Trump has proposed the following actions:
- Renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or withdraw from it, which will "really sow panic in Mexico and other countries" where there are many American manufacturing companies;
- Withdrawing from the the Trans-Pacific Partnership;
- A directive to the Secretary of the Treasury to label the People’s Republic of China as a currency manipulator;
- A directive to the Secretary of Commerce to identify all foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers, which could possibly include the Business Process Outsourcing industry in the Philippines;
- Lifting of all restrictions on the production of oil and gas;
- Lifting all bans, like the Keystone Pipeline, that "affect the environment and environmental issues";
- Cancelling all payments to the United Nations for climate change and give that money instead for American infrastructure.
Quezon also noted, the following are some of the "really sweeping" policies which Trump has proposed:
- To cancel executive actions or orders by his predecessor, Barack Obama, that he considers unconstitutional;
- To put in place conservative Supreme Court justices;
- To abolish funding for sanctuary cities in the United States that involves immigration;
- To begin the process of deporting 2-million illegal immigrants, and this includes 300,000 Filipinos who may be in the United States illegally;
- To suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur.
Quezon said, the people on the streets go beyond Clinton supporters. They are people with varying concerns expressing their grievances.
"Each of these, now that the writing’s on the wall, have their own particular interests to uphold and protest..There are a lot of minorities now, and these are organized groups by the way, who now face real existential crisis as far as what they can expect over the next four years," he said.
Quezon added, these protests so early in a Trump administration and late in the Obama administration pose a challenge to the two leaders.
"It will clearly be a test quite early on for both President Obama, because he is still in charge until January, and for Donald Trump. They are scheduled to meet in the next few days, so that should be a quite interesting conversation," he said.