Samantha Carlson, Co-News Editor
The January inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States sparked a conversation regarding political differences between Lewis students, faculty and alumni.
Voters ranged from being happy, sad or indifferent about the inauguration officially making Trump the “leader of the free world.”
Kaci Svornik, a junior nursing student, expressed her concerns about the new president.
“I disagree with many of his policies and I don’t believe he will make a good president,” Svornik said. “Our American tax dollars are going toward a wall when they should be going to education or other more important things, but I’m hoping for the best and that he will do other good things for America.”
Svornik is just one of many students who said they did not agree with Trump, or didn’t believe he would be able to fulfill presidential duty.
Junior accounting major Katie Cacippio is one of the students in favor of Trump’s inauguration.
“In my opinion, Trump is what America needs in office. He isn’t a politician so he can view things in a different light. As for his inauguration speech, he referred to ‘us’ and ‘we’ many times, so it made it seem more like we are all in this together — the way it should be,” Caccippio said.
Those not in favor of Trump are expecting him to fail, while others who declare themselves indifferent about Trump claimed that they did not vote, or that they are hoping America will come out on top no matter what.
Lewis alum Michael Hines claims to be indifferent over the inauguration.
“As a libertarian in political ideology, I always could remain semi-impartial on Trump’s election victory. I have always agreed on a more conservative fiscal policy and from this aspect I appreciate Trump’s business background rather than a politician who gravitates to the highest donator,” Hines said.
Hines also believes people should support the president regardless of who they voted for.
“If we want to see him fail, he will fail and we all fail with him. But if we wish for him to succeed, we can create more wealth, jobs and widespread prosperity for the greatest country in the world,” Hines said.
A major concern for most is that Trump is going to begin undoing everything that Barack Obama had accomplished in his eight-year run in office.
“Presidents are not all powerful and he cannot remove rights given by the Constitution with the flick of a pen as many seem to believe. Our checks and balances system is put in place for this very reason. I know we will live in a much more conservative world with him at the helm and Congress being majority republicans, but this is no different than living in the liberal world we found ourselves in for the eight prior years of Obama,” Hines said.
Hines finished his thought by expressing his hopes that Trump will be able to unite the country to better all people, and if he can’t do that then the next president-elect will have the chance.