28 Students Respond to Donald Trump’s Election

After Donald Trump’s election, we asked StudentNation writers to let us know how they felt about the unexpected result. We received a torrent of responses from both high-school and college students, most of whom had more to say that our allotted 200 words could allow. The forum reflects a wide array of emotional responses and calls to action. Taken together, it gives some sense of how engaged millennials are making sense of the election results. Shona Kambarami, The New School ’17 A few minutes before midnight on election day, surrounded by a rainbow crowd of weeping Hillary Clinton supporters at the NBC Democracy Plaza, it became clear to me that I was watching the unthinkable happen, in real time. I left. On my subway ride to rapidly diversifying Bed-Stuy, a deathly silence was interrupted by a woman who entered the car two stops in. “Do you have your papers?” she asked to nobody in particular. She repeated the question to a young African-American hipster, who nodded. “Good. Good. Because if you don’t, he’s going to be rounding us up.” Half the train car was crying. Even the stoic among us were affected. I haven’t stopped. The despair comes in searing waves, when I least expect it: when my cousin posts “I’m raising a young black boy and I’m terrified,” or when I see an article on Twitter about women rushing to get IUDs inserted because they’re afraid of what comes next. When a Muslim woman is afraid to wear a hijab or when my friend—a fellow sexual-assault victim—could not comprehend how little our pain matters. I don’t know what comes next. Alia Marsha, University of Washington, ’16 My friends and I were still a little high from marijuana, drunk from red wine, and dizzy from too much candy, but when Trump came on TV to deliver his winning speech we could feel ourselves sobering up real quick. We knew these substances wouldn’t make us numb to Continue Reading

Retired Marine Gen. John Allen, who spoke at DNC, says electing Donald Trump could result in ‘civil military crisis’

The retired general who made an outspoken case on behalf of Hillary Clinton at last week’s Democratic National Convention warned Sunday that electing Donald Trump could result in a “civil military crisis.” “What we need to do is ensure that we don't create an environment that puts us on a track conceivably where the United States military finds itself in a civil military crisis with a commander in chief who would have us do illegal things,” retired Marine Gen. John Allen said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “It's an inherent responsibility in who we are,” Allen said. Allen has been especially critical of many of Trump’s suggestions on national security, including one from last December where the mogul contended that, if elected, he would direct the military to torture and kill the families of suspected terrorists. Last week, at the Democratic National Convention, Allen, standing alongside fellow former generals, slammed Trump and said that “our armed forces will not become an instrument of torture or engage in murder and other illegal activities.” Continue Reading

Would a Donald Trump Election Loss Hurt His Brand?

Republican Senator's Neighborhood Hit By Anti-GOP Vandalism Spree 97-Year-Old World War II Vet, Cubs Fan, Gets a World Series Surprise Clinton: Trump Would've Called Washington 'A Loser' Republican presidential candiadate Donald Trump likely has the most loyal supporters in the history of politics, Brit Hume said On The Record.However, if Trump loses the election, can the businessman who built his career on winning see a decline in his brand?Real Clear Politics editor A.B. Stoddard said his speech at his Doral, Fla. resort is the "happiest [I've] seen him...he loves hotels...he loves talking about the property.""If he could, he would stay in that world," she said.National Public Radio's Mara Liasson said Trump's candidacy allowed him to "create a new brand for himself"."He's the 'alt-' everything--anti-establishment, anti-media, anti-Hillary Clinton--like [Brexit leader] Nigel Farage and [French conservative] Marine Le Pen put together.""Anecdotally, [reports say] that people are boycotting, but we don't have any data on that."The panel also discussed whether a Trump loss would result in a decline in his brand on the basis that some say his key political demographic is somewhat contrary to his key hotel guest demographic. Clinton Aide in New WikiLeaks Email: 'We Need to Clean This Up. He Has Emails from Her' O'Reilly: Trump Says 'The System is Rigged'-- Is He Right? Ryan: WH Right to Compare ObamaCare to Note-7--'Blowing Up But You Can Return the Phone' Continue Reading

Islamic State celebrates Donald Trump election victory

Extremists celebrated President–elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory at the polls Wednesday, hoping his triumph will “lead to civil war,“ according to a jihadist monitoring group."Rejoice with support from Allah, and find glad tidings in the imminent demise of America at the hands of Trump,” said the al-Minbar Jihadi Media network, which is affiliated with the Islamic State, according to the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group."Trump’s win of the American presidency will bring hostility of Muslims against America as a result of his reckless actions, which show the overt and hidden hatred against them,” the al- Minbar Jihadi Media network continued.The Nashir Political Service, a media outlet that supports the Islamic State, and other jihadists said they hoped Trump's win would eventually bankrupt the U.S. economy due to anti-Muslim policies, SITE reported.Trump has said he will give his generals 30 days after he takes office to come up with a plan to defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, which has seized swaths of Syria and Iraq.“I’m going to bomb the s--- out of them,” the president-elect said last year.The Afghan Taliban urged Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and to “not pursue American interests at the expense of other countries,” SITE reported.SITE director Rita Katz reported that white supremacists called Trump’s win a "victory for nationalism” and supporters of al-Qaeda and ISIL said his win exposed America’s “hatred of Muslims” and will contribute to the West's downfall, likening it to Brexit – Britain’s exit from the European Union.The United Kingdom voted to leave the 28-member bloc at a referendum in June. Continue Reading

Donald Trump’s election flips both parties’ views of the economy

Having Donald Trump in the White House has had a revolutionary effect on the economic outlook of Wisconsin’s most partisan voters, recent polling suggests.In a flash, it has turned Republicans into rosy optimists and Democrats into dour pessimists, reversing the mood of voters in both parties.You probably didn’t need a poll to tell you that.But the polling also tells us something more stark and fundamental about the partisan prism through which many voters see the world.Trump’s election did more than change the expectations of Republicans and Democrats about the economy’s future performance.It altered their assessments of the economy’s actual performance.When GOP voters in Wisconsin were asked last October whether the economy had gotten better or worse “over the past year,” they said “worse’’ — by a margin of 28 points.But when they were asked the very same question last month, they said “better” — by a margin of 54 points.That’s a net swing of 82 percentage points between late October 2016 and mid-March 2017.What changed so radically in those four and a half months?The economy didn’t. But the political landscape did. RELATED: You thought health care divided GOP? Check out a proposed import tax Republican Trump replaced Democrat Barack Obama as president. With their own party now in power, Republicans overwhelmingly upgraded their evaluations of America’s economic performance.“That’s a testament to the power of partisanship to rewrite our perceptions, even when the objective reality has hardly changed,” says the Marquette University Law School’s Charles Franklin, who conducted the polls cited above.Something similar has happened in the nation as a whole. As the New York Times reported recently, Republicans and Democrats have done an about-face since the election in their economic outlook, with the partisan gap in national Continue Reading

5 takeaways from Donald Trump’s latest Arizona visit

Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, visited Prescott Valley on Tuesday, his sixth campaign trip to Arizona. Here are some highlights from his hourlong speech.Trump mentioned a recent speech by former President Bill Clinton, husband of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, in which he called the Affordable Care Act the “craziest thing in the world.”The former president was discussing how small-business owners and individuals of a modest income don’t qualify for insurance subsidies and face rising premiums. He did not dismiss the program as a whole.Still, Trump imagined his words might have caused domestic strife.“I bet he went through hell last night, can you imagine?” Trump said.Trump then looked directly at the crowd.“Honestly,” he said, “there have been many nights when he has gone through hell with Hillary.”LIVE BLOG: How Trump's visit unfolded TuesdayTrump said Hillary Clinton criticized his use of tax laws for his financial benefit but did not work to change those laws when she served as a U.S. senator.Though he was not specific, Trump was referencing a New York Times story that revealed he had written-down more than $900 million in losses. Under the tax code, according to the Times, Trump could have legally sheltered equivalent earnings from income tax for as long as 18 years.Trump said Clinton did not work to change the tax laws because her "donors and contributors" used the same allowances for operating losses."I know all of their names, and I know who they are," Trump said.Trump mentioned two Democratic Party supporters who had losses on par with his. He said that George Soros lost $1.5 billion and that Warren Buffet lost $873 million."Ask them, did they write off those losses?" Trump said.Trump bemoaned the state of the U.S. economy, which he said has seen massive factory closings since the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a trade deal signed by Continue Reading

Donald Trump goes John Wayne with ‘bad hombre’ comment, sets social media on fire

Donald Trump revealed during Wednesday's third and final presidential debate that he knows some Spanish, perhaps from watching old John Wayne movies."We have some bad hombres here and we need to get them out," Trump said, defending his immigration stance centered on mass deportations and building a border wall.The Republican nominee's comment, using the Spanish word for men, which Trump pronounced "hambre," the Spanish word for hungry, immediately ignited a firestorm on the internet.It was reminiscent of the uproar caused by his running mate Mike Pence's "that Mexican thing' comment during the vice presidential debate earlier this month."I laughed at it last night," said Arizona State University trans-border studies professor Edward Escobar.Not because he thought Trump's "bad hombre" comment was funny, but because it seemed to capture in a single word Trump's understanding of Mexican Americans, or lack thereof."He has a basic understanding of who Mexicans are, and I think the 'bad hombres' comment is in the same vein as 'Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists,' " Escobar said, referring to comments Trump made when he launched his presidential bid in 2015."His conceptions of Mexican Americans I think are from old Westerns and cowboy movies and he has no real understanding of what this community is," Escobar added. "Clearly here in the Southwest but also there are people of Mexican descent living in very large communities in just about every state of the union and he has no understanding of that."So, I think it’s part of the deep-seated prejudice against Mexican Americans and I think it is just indicative of that," Escobar [email protected] tweeted a picture of himself in military fatigues, "This #hombre fought to defend our constitution a document #Trump has never even read!"Republican strategist and CNN political analyst Ana Navarro tweeted, "Trump said some stupidity re Continue Reading

President Donald Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Donald Trump has pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his criminal contempt conviction, removing the only legal consequences the lawman faced stemming from a long-running racial-profiling suit.The White House announced the pardon Friday evening in a news release that recounted Arpaio's lengthy career of "admirable service" in federal and local law enforcement and called him "a worthy candidate for a Presidential pardon."Reached moments after the announcement, Arpaio said he had not spoken toArpaio told The Arizona Republic he learned of the president's action from his lawyer, who visited him Friday at about 4 p.m. at Arpaio's Fountain Hills home. The lawyer delivered Arpaio's wife, Ava, a birthday gift, and "the other gift was the pardon," said Arpaio, who added that he and his wife planned to celebrate over a dinner of spaghetti with calamari and red wine at a favorite Italian restaurant.Arpaio, who lost a 2016 re-election bid ending 24 years in office, hinted the pardon could set up a political comeback: "I told my wife that I was through with politics. But now I've decided I'm not through with politics because of what's happening. I didn't ask for a pardon. It has nothing to do with a pardon. I've been saying this for the last couple of months. I've got a lot to offer."He said he would hold a news conference early next week to discuss the "abuse" of the justice system.Arpaio, 85, was convicted of criminal contempt on July 31, and was scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 5. He faced up to six months in jail. But Trump hinted that a pardon would be forthcoming.Trump and Arpaio have enjoyed a warm relationship since the early days of Trump’s presidential campaign. They share a hard-line stance on immigration, and Arpaio was one of the earliest public figures to offer Trump his full-throated endorsement.Arpaio, who was convicted of criminal contempt on July 31, broached the topic of a presidential pardon himself two Continue Reading

Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome is test of nerves. Ours.

A trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and a NATO conference would present challenges for even the most disciplined and diplomatic president, words not normally associated with Donald Trump. Is there reason for concern? The short answer is “yes” — unless the president stops his freelancing and sticks to a script.Trump either had no script or went way off it in his meeting last week with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in the Oval Office. There he revealed details of a terrorism-related threat uncovered by an extraordinarily sensitive intelligence operation. The disclosure could jeopardize American security by tipping off enemies and leaving American allies less willing to share sensitive material. And, according to national security adviser H.R. McMaster, “He made the decision in the context of the conversation.”A recent story on the front page of The New York Times described aides to Trump as stunned and “slack-jawed” upon learning he had not just telephoned Rodrigo Duterte, the highly controversial president of the Philippines, but also invited him to the White House. This announcement triggered considerable criticism given Duterte’s record of human rights abuses and anti-American statements.What had transpired was plain and simple: The president was, once again, freelancing. He simply decided to issue an invite to his Philippines counterpart. Defenders of freelancing will say that there is nothing wrong with it, that anyone elected president by definition has good political instincts. And presidents obviously have the authority to freelance. But there are risks associated with any president going off on his own without the involvement of his advisers. This is especially true in the case of someone such as Trump, who entered the Oval Office with no government experience and little familiarity with the issues.In the Philippines case, the invitation was premature at best. A chance to Continue Reading

Donald Trump has a sickening fetish for cruelty

It isn't very often that the public gets to see a man's soul die inside his body. To see his dignity immolated. His manhood ripped from his bones.And to have it captured all in one picture. Oh, the picture.Late last November, President-elect Donald Trump and former Republican nominee Mitt Romney settled into a four-course dinner at New York's Jean-Georges restaurant, dining on frog legs and diver scallops. Over the previous year, Romney had been bitterly critical of Trump, calling him "con man" and "a fraud" — yet upon winning, Trump dangled the possibility of naming Romney to the position of secretary of State, leading to what would soon become Romney's Last Supper. More: The 'real' story of how the Democrats came up with their 'Better Deal' slogan More: Trump isn't learning on the job, he just doesn't care In a chilling photograph of the dinner, Romney has turned to the camera with the look of a man that would much prefer to be dining with the Grim Reaper. As Trump glowers at the camera with a mischievous grin, Romney's eyes yearn for a foregone era when he stood in resistance to the vulgarian in chief, a time before he was made to kiss the ring in exchange for serving his country as secretary of State. The only thing missing from the photo is a Sarah McLachlan song playing in the background and a phone number to call to stop the abuse.Of course, two weeks later, Trump picked oil executive Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of State, ending Romney's parade of public humiliation. But Trump got exactly what he wanted: After the dinner, Romney told reporters that Trump "continues with a message of inclusion and bringing people together," and that his "vision is something which obviously connected with the American people in a very powerful way.” Romney became another well-coiffed head for Trump's trophy case.It wasn't the first time Trump stripped a conquered foe naked and paraded him in the public square, Game of Continue Reading