By Megan Bonner
Does the majority of the millennial generation believe that Trump’s presidency is illegitimate?
The GenForward poll found that African-Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics were a large majority of seeing Trump as illegitimate as well as 57 percent of young American adults. Does this poll reflect the views of the Sacred Heart community?
“No, I don’t think Trump’s presidency is illegitimate because the Electoral College is what we have been using for hundreds of years now and he won that,” said junior Tom Dandrea. “Even though Hillary won by like two percent, doesn’t matter, you have to win the states to count.”
According to the National Archives and Records Administration, the founding fathers of this country established the Constitution as a compromise between the election of the President by a vote in Congress and the election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.
In this process, the Electoral College consists of 538 electors and a majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the new President and Vice-President of the United States.
As reported by the Huffington Post, the number 538 is the sum of the nation’s 435 representatives, 100 senators, and 3 electors given to the District of Columbia.
“Trumps presidency isn’t illegitimate being that he was voted in by Americans to be the chief,” said graduate student Angela Harrison. “However, with all the banter about his ties to Russia and everything that has been focused on Hillary Clinton’s lies about emails. I don’t feel either were ‘perfect’ candidates for the job, given all of the circumstances. There is nothing more Americans who were not in favor of his stance in the election can do except for respect him and trust him and trust that he will not be a detriment to American people and their rights.”
Eight in 10 young adults think he is doing poorly in terms of the policies he’s put forward and seven in 10 have negative views of his presidential demeanor.
“Trump’s presidency is illegitimate because he used fear and hate tactics in order to get elected,” said senior Christina Foschini. “Despite him being elected using the United States electoral system, I personally do not believe someone who uses those tactics can be a legitimate leader.”
22 percent of young adults approve of the job Trump is doing as our president. While, 62 percent disapprove of his job and actions.
Students had varying opinions on the legitimacy of Trump’s presidency.
“He might have done it with immature actions and words, causing people to question his character but that doesn’t take away the legitimacy of his presidency,” said sophomore Chrissie Wojciechowski.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.