Without a doubt, 2017 was an extraordinarily tumultuous year. Racial tensions, political divisions, terrorist attacks, and everything Trump dominated the headlines. A new year upon us, we’re looking back on some of the biggest political events that shaped 2017.
On January 20, businessman Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States. His historic victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left Democrats in a tailspin. It also sent liberal media into overdrive.
Suffice it to say, Trump’s presidency was the driving force behind many of the major news stories in 2017. The day after his inauguration, women stormed Washington D.C., and other locations worldwide to protest.
By year’s end, impeachment efforts by uber-wealthy Democrat donors, politicians, and mental health professionals were in full-swing. Fortunately, all their attempts to remove President Trump from office failed spectacularly.
Launched by feminists like Linda Sarsour and George Soros backed activist groups, the 2017 Women’s March ushered in a new ear of ultra-liberal feminism. Celebrities and politicians joined women from around the country, to protest the newly-elected president.
Unsurprisingly, vulgar, obscenity-laced rants from Madonna and Ashley Judd fed mainstream media’s need for juicy anti-Trump headlines. The march also spawned a series of other protests throughout the year, including “A Day Without a Woman” and “A Day Without Immigrants.”
After the march, Sarsour became the subject of several controversies herself. From leading Muslims to storm Trump Tower in protest to encouraging “jihad” against the president, she made headlines more than once. Currently, Sarsour is accused of covering-up sexual assault.
While not the most important story of 2017, the Russia investigation plagued Trump’s first year in office. Special counsel Robert Mueller, appointed by Jeff Sessions, is leading the probe into accusations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to sway the presidential election.
However, after a year of investigating, the only evidence of collusion points to Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration. Sadly, this story isn’t likely to go away anytime soon. According to sources familiar with the inquiry, Mueller’s “investigation” will likely last well into 2018.
The good news is, President Trump is not the only person being investigated. Congressman Trey Gowdy and several other Republicans, are probing Clinton and Obama with regards to the Uranium One deal.
Congressional committees are also reexamining Hillary’s use of a private email server and what, if any, role the FBI played in hindering her prosecution. Which, based on the evidence so far, seems more plausible every day.
National Anthem Protests
Although they began the year prior, 2017 was a monumental year for national anthem protests. Former San Francisco 49er QB Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner, to allegedly protest racial injustice and police brutality in 2016.
While no NFL team hired Kaepernick to play in the 2017-2018 season, several players around the league took up his torch. Because of the demonstrations, ticket sales, ratings, and attendance dropped significantly throughout the season.
President Trump addressed the issue at a rally in Arizona, prompting every team to respond with some form of protest. Late in the season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reached a deal with some players by agreeing to devote $90 million to social justice causes.
Most of the groups benefiting from the money are directly tied to Soros. Although, given his long relationship with the NFL Players Association, that is no surprise. Ironically Goodell’s deal did not require players to stand for the national anthem.
Fall of Mainstream Media
One of the most repeated phrases of 2017 was “fake news.” Week after week, leftist media criticized President Trump both personally and professionally. Using sensational headlines, and fraught with inaccuracies, most stories reflected a level of bias never before seen in journalism.
The president often accused major outlets like CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post of fabricating lies or exaggerating truths to undermine his presidency. Lending credibility to his claims, a Harvard study revealed that 98% of MSM coverage on Trump was negative.
Attacks on the Trump family from smaller yet equally influential sites like Huffington Post, Daily Beast, and Salon, also figured prominently in 2017. First Lady Melania and First Daughter Ivanka, both found themselves on the receiving end of liberal media’s hostility.
Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea reached unprecedented levels during Trump’s first year in office. Kim Jong-Un’s regime aggressively pursued development of nuclear weapons, conducting 25 missile tests throughout the year.
As a result of Pyongyang’s threat to global security, the U.N. imposed stiff sanctions virtually choking-off the flow of income to the peninsula. Additionally, preparing for the possibility of a North Korea strike, Hawaii reinstated use of Cold-War era warning sirens and Japan conducted duck-and-cover drills.
Several times during the year, Kim issued direct warnings to both the U.S. and Japan. In response, President Trump cautioned the dictator against making such threats. In a bold statement, the president warned North Korea that any act of aggression would be met with “fire and fury.”
Trump’s presidency greatly impacted the U.S. economy. Job and housing markets rebounded, and the stock market rose sharply. Large corporations promised millions in new investments.
And, thanks to the significant growth, Social Security recipients are receiving the biggest benefit increase in six years. While it isn’t enough, it’s an excellent sign of progress.
Nevertheless, the biggest economic news came in December when President Trump delivered on his promise to cut taxes. He signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act prior to the Christmas holiday, thereby reducing personal tax liability for millions of Americans.
Naturally, some Democrats touted the reforms as a win for the wealthiest 1% but financial experts dispute those claims. Reminiscent of “Reaganomics,” the tax cuts will have positive effects on jobs and wages, overall economic growth, and perhaps most importantly, for social security.