Tech reacts to elected Trump

November 14, 2016


President-elect Donald J. Trump speaks at a rally in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Photo courtesy of AP/Evan Vucci

President-elect Donald J. Trump speaks at a rally in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Photo courtesy of AP/Evan Vucci

Tuesday night marked the culmination of arguably one of the most divisive presidential  elections in recent history with Donald Trump defeating Hillary Clinton in an upset.


In the face of America’s historic decision, Louisiana Tech students have expressed a variety of reactions.


Catherine Seabaugh, a senior political science major and president of Tech College Republicans, said she is excited about the Trump administration.


“A lot of Americans, myself included, are just tired of the way things have been going,” she said. “I think people are just tired of the bureaucracy and nothing getting accomplished.”


Seabaugh said she is also believes the results of the election will lead to less political gridlock.


“With Obama there was a big stalemate between the parties,” she said. “But now the Republicans have the majority in the Congress, and Trump is in the executive branch. I think people will agree a lot more than they have in the past. Not on everything, but I think more will get done.”


Nick Smith, a senior political science major and Jackson Parish Democratic party chair, said he was upset upon learning the results.


“It’s devastating, obviously,” he said. “Not at all the outcome I anticipated, nor is it the outcome we wanted. We have Democratic states that flipped Republican for him. I am still dealing with it – very distraught, not going to lie.”


Smith said he is pessimistic about the Trump administration’s effect on the state.


“Louisiana is among the poorest states in the union,” he said. “We have banked so much on the oil and gas industry, and because of that – and because the industry isn’t doing so well – we are really struggling. Our communities are struggling. Not to mention that the affordable care act is jeopardized. We have a republican congress, we have a republican senate and we have a republican president-elect who ran on the platform of repealing Obamacare. It is going to devastate our state.”


TJ Pittman, a junior political  science major, said the mood on campus after the election was tense.


“It’s a new energy, because Donald Trump isn’t a politician,” he said. “I feel like that’s what spoke to a lot of people. One thing I think Hillary Clinton didn’t capitalize on as much was being relatable and human to the people. I wouldn’t say the mood is positive or negative I just think people are anxious to see what he will do.”


Seabaugh said she hopes Trump takes a reassuring tone in the coming days.


“I want him to show that he doesn’t hate minorities,” she said. “I feel like everybody thinks that he does, and I really don’t think that is true. He’s made some outlandish comments and so people have jumped to that conclusion. He needs to try to unify the country more. He needs to show that he’s not a white male elitist, because I don’t think he really is.”


Smith said despite his disappointment in the results, he is hoping for the best.


“He has promised to be the best and the greatest,” he said. “While I hope he is the president for all of us, I’m very skeptical. But Hillary called us to have an open mind. That’s all I can give him right now. As any American, even if you voted against Obama, you should have hoped the best for his presidency because that directly affects every single one of us. I hope the very best for Donald Trump and his presidency, because, like it or not, he is the president-elect.”


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *