College Republicans Still Split Over Trump a Year After Election
“increased membership of some College Republican groups, a decreased membership in others”
I predict this will change over the next two years as Trump completes more of his agenda.
The Daily Caller reports:
Trump Still Splitting College Republicans One Year After Election
More than a year after the election, President Donald Trump is still splitting Republicans on college campuses across the country.
Trump’s candidacy and presidency has resulted in an increased membership of some College Republican groups, a decreased membership in others, and the establishment of separate, pro-Trump groups on still more campuses, reported The Atlantic.
“We were the ones doing the campaigning. We were knocking on doors,” said Sean Semanko, a Penn State student and secretary of the school’s Bull-Moose Party, to The Atlantic. “The College Republicans didn’t help us at all.”
“They are basically the establishment at the college level,”said Semanko, referring to College Republican chapters. “They’re still talking about Ronald Reagan. We’re talking about the new movement, the MAGA movement.”
Pennsylvania State University’s College Republican chapter refused to endorse Donald Trump for the presidency in summer 2016, instead focusing on down-ballot candidates. Harvard University and Duke University followed suit. While College Republicans at the University of Virginia originally endorsed Trump, the group retracted the endorsement after the “Access Hollywood” tape leak in October. “We do not feel Donald Trump accurately represents the way we view and conduct ourselves,” the UVA College Republicans said in a statement.
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For the last 60 years, the US has had the bad habit of paying too much attention to the opinions of children. College students, a group of people most of whom will never be more dislocated–removed from parental rules, but with values not yet tempered by hard experience–are the last people (well citizens at least) whose political views should mattered to grown ups.
In fact, you are a grown up when you first use your paycheck to support a child (in my opinion). Where are the Dad’s Up Because Seven Year-Old is Sick Republicans? Did they endorse Trump? Are there more of them now?