By Leigh Waldman
It’s been more than three weeks since Donald Trump was elected president, an event that resulted in protests as well as celebrations across the country.
Even though a majority of Lubbock County voters chose Trump, reactions by members of the Texas Tech community have been just as diverse as those at the national level.
Megan McMillan, president of Texas Tech College Republicans, said she had liked Donald Trump since before the primaries because of his proposed immigration and healthcare reforms. She is also looking forward to his Supreme Court appointments.
In response to criticisms about Trump’s possible deviation from his promises, McMillan said that’s just how politics work.
“You have to go really right to get your base, and then you’ve got to [go to] the center,” she said.
Jennifer Giles, president of Tech Student Democrats, said she stood with Hillary Clinton but doesn’t wish for Trump to fail.
“If he does fail, however, he’s not my president,” Giles said.
She hopes to get through the next four years and see a new president elected in 2020.
Mary Beth Holm, a member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Association, is upset about the president-elect because of his statements on abortion.
“I don’t want a man in charge of my lady parts,” Holm stated. “If you’re pro-life, you’re really not pro-life. Especially when there’s so many children in the foster system that need homes because their parents either didn’t believe in abortion or just didn’t want them — period.”
She fears that if Trump were to make abortions illegal, women would have to resort to medieval “homemade” abortions.
Carter Estes, a member of Tech College Republicans, believes it is unlikely that women would lose their rights under a Trump presidency because Trump’s own campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was a woman.
“She is the first woman to ever successfully run a presidential campaign,” Estes said. “So while Hillary Clinton was breaking glass ceilings, so was the Trump campaign as well.”
Others are worried about the rights of the LGBTQ community.
Cameron Crumbley, a member of the Tech Gay Straight Alliance and a transgender male, said he is concerned about the threat of conversion therapy. The treatment has been favored by Mike Pence, the newly elected vice president.
“My grandparents have actually tried to put me in it before,” Crumbley said. “I feel like now they might succeed in doing it.”
To see how all of these students feel about the protests erupting throughout the country, watch the video below.