Marist’s Political Viewpoints: South Carolina Primaries

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Courtesy of ABC News

Article by Rebecca Golub | esPResso Committee Member

It would seem that the majority of Marist is not on board with Trump’s presidential candidacy. This comes in contrast to the belief of the greater American public that still holds an interest in Trump’s views, following the South Carolina primaries.

According to AP news, Donald Trump came in first place among the Republican candidates on Saturday, Feb. 20 2016, with a polling average of 32.5 percent. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio practically tied–with averages of 22.5 for Cruz and 22.3 for Rubio. Jeb Bush and John Kasich’s polling averages also came close –Bush with 7.8 percent and Kasich with 7.6 percent; shortly after these primaries, Bush announced that he would end his presidential campaign. Ben Carson tugged along, among the other candidates, ending the primaries with a polling average of 7.2 percent.

A brief poll concludes that most of the Marist population has negative feelings toward Trump. Some like Sotto, a Media Studies professor at Marist, bluntly state that “Donald Trump is a total clown,” and express fear that “the democratic system is in big trouble.” Others, like sophomore Greg Dooney, do not say that they dislike Trump for his ideologies but simply because, “…candidates like Trump, Cruz, Bush all are attacking each other and focus more on what the others aren’t doing as opposed to what they will do.” This makes it difficult for the American public to decide who holds their best interests at heart.

Some, like Kylie Craig, are afraid of Trump’s potential presidential status because, “…he has no explanations when he’s asked about what his plans are.” Others express disappointment “…in the American people for giving into such a hateful human being.”

Although the majority of Marist has been disgruntled with Trump, there have been some who have expressed hope and confidence in a future with Trump as president. “Our economy is stuck in the mud and Trump is our best chance at turning things around,” says Patrick Wood. Some feel that the other candidates are too filtered. “We need someone like Trump, someone who isn’t afraid to speak their mind,” says Edward Dennis.

The remaining Marist population surveyed was disinterested and undecided. “I don’t really keep up with it,” says Emily Iasello. “I’m not 100 percent against Trump,”says Meghan Brennan.

According to NPR, on Feb. 12, 2016, a former state party chairman and national committeeman, Kate Dawson, said South Carolina is like “three different countries” that are “made up of key constituencies within the Republican Party”. “There’ll be three tickets — three serious tickets punched out of South Carolina. And then this race is gonna focus a little more,” said Dawson. Much to Marist’s dismay, the race is increasingly focused on Trump and looks to continue that way.

Article by Rebecca Golub

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