Students parse Trump’s first 100 days

Richland Student Media hosted its second town hall meeting on Wednesday April 26 to discuss President Donald Trump’s first 100 days.  

Erica Edwards, lead faculty for journalism, and Patrick Moore, a government professor, moderated the forum with seven students from different backgrounds who expressed their viewpoints in a casual setting. 

The meeting focused on specific topics related to Trump’s first 100 days in office. The topics were determined by polls conducted by journalism and government students. They included health care, immigration, Syrian airstrikes and the environment.

The town hall meeting examined this traditional milestone of a president’s accomplishments during what is commonly known as the “honeymoon period.” 

Harris Sadiq, Chronicle managing editor and one of the speakers, said, “I’m glad that we had a discussion about the first 100 days of the new president. I think it’s a test for how much experience a president has in taking action on the most urgent matters. I am optimistic that the president is learning from his shortcomings.”                                                              

The town hall meeting was an hour long. The top issue among the students was health care. Trump promised during the campaign that he would overhaul the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

 Immigration was the second-most important issue among students who took the poll. One of Trump’s first actions as president was to sign an executive order temporarily banning permanent residents and visa holders from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. 

The bombing of Syrian airfields in a predawn raid on April 7 ranked third in the poll of students’ concerns.  

The final point of conversation was about the environment.

Andrew Castillo, a panelist, said the town hall meeting exceeded his expectations. “We had a group of passionate students who were speaking about their various political ideologies. I think it is always great to have a town hall debate because it gets everyone engaged.”

Twenty-two people took part, giving journalism students the opportunity to participate in a live studio event while discussing their political view points with each other.

With the help of producer Meg Fullwood and director Jack Fletcher, the event turned out well technically. Students said they are looking forward to continuing to discuss the president’s actions in future town hall meeting.

The entire town hall meeting is available as a podcast at www.RichlandStudentMedia.com