In American history, citizens have always been extremely passionate about the presidency and how that individual should lead the country. It frequently leads to many disputes and arguments among those from opposite political parties, and this is more than evident in our presidency with Donald Trump.

Of course, these opinions people hold are valid, and the differences in opinion must be expected from a wide scope of people coming from different backgrounds of socioeconomic class, religion and culture.

Today, people are throwing around the term “politics” too frequently to encapsulate everything that happens in the running of this country, including certain decisions and laws enacted.

While politics define the authority of a government, historically, many people have only argued over a policy or course of action proposed by a government, but in the presidency of Trump, we are seeing many agree with his policies while also disagreeing with his demeanor and attitude.

Some believe Donald Trump is a bigoted, racist, sexist politician. Others believe he’s the best president this country has seen in years.

Though none should be able to deny, without a doubt, how he has negatively affected a large range of Americans through veteran affairs, immigration, health care, women’s rights and the list continues.

Both sides need to understand that every proposal a politician makes is going to impact a large group of people.

Our society focuses on Trump’s legacy as a president because he has the power to affect and enact certain policies that will, in turn, personally affect individuals and communities. In regards, many are equally or more upset over the politics of his presidency, his character, and how certain actions condone other forms of hate.

Example: If our president openly speaks against immigrants and enacts an immigration law banning certain people from this country based on geography, color of skin and religion. Whoever looks like an immigrant in America now becomes a target of hate and misunderstanding. Is promoting hate and intolerance an appropriate platform to utilize as the president?

We, as Americans, are at a crucial point in history. How we respond to this presidency in an emotional, rational and/or personal manner is important. Our future elections and nominations depend on our response. Our country’s future depends on our votes. As a whole, we need to be much more conscious about closing the divide and bridging the gap in understanding between right and wrong, and the difference between policies and people’s rights.