By Greg Allen
While many marched through the streets of Boston in protest the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, there were also a number of people excited to see Trump finally take office after a long and tedious campaign.
Trump supporters at Springfield College were thrilled to see their candidate be sworn into office last Friday, and they feel Inauguration Day was a great step forward for America.
Springfield College junior Whit DeVaux said, “I was very pleased to see Trump finally sworn into office. We’ve been waiting a long time for this, and it feels good knowing that his day finally came.”
Also a Springfield College junior, Travis Price added, “I feel like people forget that he actually won the election. So it was good to see him get sworn in. I’m excited to see what he can do for this country.”
Despite being unable to watch the inauguration live, Price caught up on the action online after class. He was able to watch the speech in its entirety as well as some of the parade later in the night.
“I really enjoyed the day as a whole,” he said. “It’s always a good day in America when the person the people voted for becomes our president.”
DeVaux added, “Inauguration day is always special. It’s great getting to see the physical transition of leadership and hearing the new president’s first words. It’s even more special when you get to watch the candidate that you support get sworn in.”
Price was never really involved in politics. However, when Trump and Hillary Clinton began campaigning for the 2016 election, he, like many others, couldn’t help but pay attention and involve himself in the drama.
“This entire election really got me interested in politics,” Price said. “I started following the election closely and found myself supporting Trump’s business philosophies. I think he can bring the economy up for our nation.”
Both DeVaux and Price enjoyed Trump’s first words as president. They felt that his speech was a reflection of what he campaigned for. They liked what he had to say about protecting the nation’s borders and bringing jobs back to America.
“He preached what he has been preaching,” DeVaux said. “He wants to make America great again. It was nice hearing a speech from our president and not just our presidential nominee.”
Trump supporter or not, there’s no arguing that social media played a massive role on Inauguration Day. Many tweets depicted images of crowd size during Trump’s inauguration versus the crowd size of Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. The images showed larger crowds at Obama’s than Trump’s, and many people used these photos in an attempt to prove that Trump did not have the support of the majority of the nation.
DeVaux said, “I don’t like that everyone tried comparing Trump’s inauguration to Obama’s. Obama was our country’s first black president, and his inauguration was bound to be historic. No one had ever seen a black man sworn into office before. Comparing the two is comparing apples to oranges.”
As far as the protests go, Price and DeVaux have similar beliefs. They have no problem with peaceful protests, but they believe that “smashing windows and rioting” accomplishes nothing.
“Any peaceful protest is healthy for our nation,” added Price. “Protesting gives people a platform to express their feelings and viewpoints. However, if the democratic party really wanted to avoid a Trump presidency, it should not have picked a scandal-ridden candidate in Hillary Clinton.
Trump has been in office for just under a week now, and has gotten right to work. DeVaux and Price are excited to see what Trump will accomplish during his time as America’s leader.