‘We didn’t see this coming’

Professor, College Republicans, Democrats react to election

Teddi Rausch hasn’t spoken to her mother since election night.

“She’s from a different era and I just can’t fight it,” she said. “No matter what I say, I’m still just the dumb millennial kid.”

The College Democrats’ president said she got into a political argument when her mother voted for Donald Trump in last week’s election.

Rausch said she had avoided getting into a political discussion with her mother for most of the election and instead opted to talk to her democratic friends and aunt.

“I couldn’t believe that the American public elected a man without any policy experience whatsoever,” she said.

Trent Engbers, an assistant professor of political science, said there were two reasons why Trump won the Presidency. One is what he refers to as social desirability bias and the other is turnout.

“I think there were a lot of people who were Trump supporters, but they didn’t want to admit that they were Trump supporters,” he said.

Engbers said the poll numbers were accurate in intent, but “those who intended to vote for Donald Trump showed up and those who said they intended to vote for Hillary Clinton did not show up.”

He said he expects little change to politics at the state and local levels, because of the history of republican control in Indiana.

“I don’t believe that universal republican control, and by that I mean republican control of both the legislature and the executive, that that is in any way an indicator of free reign,” he said.

Engbers said he believes there will be some consensus issues that both Republicans and Democrats will agree on like infrastructure.

College Republicans’ president Daniel McMurtry said Trump won because of blue-collar workers and voters being fed up with the status quo.

“That political correctness has really permeated every facet of our lives,” he said. “It’s in higher education. It’s in the workplace. We’ve had it ramrodded down our throats for the past however many years.”

McMurtry said he didn’t expect Trump to win, but wasn’t entirely surprised because of the backlash against political correctness.

“I like to think of Donald Trump as a hammer in search of a nail,” he said. “Sometimes he hits a nail when he nails a politically incorrect statement and then sometimes he hits a puppy.”

Rausch said she thinks this election has halted progress.

“We’ve already come so far from the 1960s and now we’re back again,” she said, “where people don’t even feel safe in their own skin, their own home, even around their own family.”

Rausch said she was especially disappointed in the election of Indiana governor-elect Eric Holcomb, because he plans to continue the work of predecessor Mike Pence.

“If he does so, the state of Indiana will not progress any farther than what we’re at,” she said.

McMurtry said Republican control will return traditional values to the country and should bring healing and unification to the divisiveness.

“People should be allowed to do as they please, so long as they’re not infringing on other’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” he said. “We live in a society that encourages the open exchange of ideas and that’s one of the most wonderful gifts we could have as Americans.”

Rausch said she thinks Democrats have a lot of ground to cover and they have to restructure and try to move forward after a devastating election.

“We didn’t see this coming and there’s a lot of people grieving about this,” she said. ““We have to rally together to find the good that is left in America.”

Rausch said she condemns the violence regarding the protests across the country, but said there is a need for peaceful protest.

McMurtry said he wasn’t entirely surprised by the protests, because people are misinformed and become outraged without having all the facts.

“When the far left doesn’t get their way, they tend to throw a hissy fit,” he said.

Rausch said she is unsure of what the next step for Democrats is and how they will push back against Republican control.

“The DNC has a lot of cleanup to do,” she said. “I don’t know what else we can physically do other than educate people right now.”