Republican Students Reflect on Trump’s 100 Days

Hear what the Right has to say about America’s 45th President.

By Katie Moore-Gillon
Staff Interviewer

College republicans at Fordham University are sharing their thoughts on President Trump’s performance as his administration reaches the 100-day mark.

afterlight(Keating Hall, Fordham University Rose Hill)

According to Vice President of Fordham College Republicans, Colton Hillman, club members are satisfied with the President’s performance:

“So far, his nomination of Judge Gorsuch, the crackdown on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities, record high Consumer Confidence levels, the retaliation against the Syrian government, and the beginning of the process to repeal and replace Obamacare are very positive signs that he will live up to his campaign promises.”

Trump attended Fordham College Rose Hill from 1964-1966 before transferring to the Wharton School of business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Rising junior at the Gabelli School of Business, Kayla Magno, said:

“I really do think Trump has gotten a lot accomplished when it comes to business and economics, I mean, so many stock prices have gone up since he was elected […] he’s the most pro-business president we’ve ever had.”

According to a 2016 study at the  Pew Research Center, college-age students chose Clinton over Trump by a 55%-37% margin during the 2016 presidential election. Results from a survey published by the Fordham Ram last year indicate that the majority of students at Fordham seem to be left-leaning.

Screen Shot 2017-05-15 at 3.54.31 PM(Voting demographics as of 2016. Source: Fordhamram.com)

However, the demographics at Fordham are a lot more evenly split than many students think: approximately 29% of the students who participated in the survey expressed support for democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. 28% expressed support for Republican candidate Marco Rubio, making him a close second.

In his article Check Your Liberal Privilege, Senior Ryan Quinn explained:

“The most vocal voices are those on the left, and conservatives are not invited into dialogue.”

Hillman said members seem to be displeased with the current political climate in Washington and the “barrier of obstructionist Democrats and Establishment Republicans.”

   (Interview with Brianna Lyman and Ryan Quinn)

The one hundred days in office are seen as a presidential milestone and a chance for the nation to reflect on the President’s performance. However, Trump has stated that one hundred days is not enough time to determine how well the leader is doing their job.

According to a current Gallup poll, Trump has a 42% approval rating. This falls below the average of a 53% approval rating. Compared to other elected presidents, this is a historically low rating, 3% lower than Bill Clinton’s in 1993.

Trump states that his best moment during his first 100 days was confirming the new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Some controversial points during his 100 days included his “Travel Ban” (an executive order temporarily banning citizens from many muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.). This sparked nationwide protests, with people across the nation declaring it unconstitutional. Republican freshman Brianna Lyman stated:

“I appreciated the whole concept of the travel ban but I think it was poorly planned out in such a quick period of time.”

Regarding foreign relations, Trump launched a missile strike in an air base in Syria as a response to a deadly chemical weapons attack allegedly carried out by the Assad regime. Regarding his performance in handling foreign relations and the Syria conflict, Political Science major and republican Olivia Pizzo said:

“He’s not making the military tactical decisions, General Mattis is […] Obama didn’t want to intervene and did nothing about the Syrian chemical attack and (with Trump), we’re slowly eradicating ISIS leadership.”

unnamed(A Trump/Pence flag displayed on the window of a Freshman dorm.)

Yet to come are some of Trump’s economic initiatives, which conservative students are looking toward. Hillman explained:

“In the future, I would like to see him stick to his pragmatic side, and work across the aisle to promote an infrastructure plan and push for his tax plan that he released a few weeks ago.”

Despite lower approval ratings, Magno states:

“He’s just started out in his presidency though there’s a lot to be done […] my friends and I aren’t complaining about him.”

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