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13 Students Share Why They Support Donald Trump

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More college students than you might think support Donald Trump. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

While it may seem as though most millennials across the country overwhelmingly back Bernie Sanders, a number have rallied behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

As the controversial candidate inches closer to clinching the Republican nomination, USA TODAY College sat down with members of Students for Trump, a national organization with hundreds of chapters nationwide that advocates for the candidate on both high school and college campuses.

These 13 students (12 of whom are of voting age) shared their thoughts on Trump. Their interviews have been edited and condensed for clarity.

Josh Parks, freshman, University of Chicago

I trust Donald to crack down on China and Mexico about devaluing their currency. That has to happen to ensure the U.S.’ position in the global economic sphere.

As of right now, we can’t have manufacturing jobs in this country. I’ve heard some people say these are low-paying jobs we don’t need here -- that we don’t want here. But the truth is, Dan in Iowa sees the G.E. plant that just shut down as a lost job opportunity. It’s pretty simple.”

(Trump’s) lack of ties to special interest groups is going to win him the election. Other candidates have immense donors. The concept of people with lingering obligations is unattractive to me. My parents were never able to give large sums of money for favors.

Katrina Patola, freshman, Confederation College in Ontario, Canada

It’s OK to not like Donald Trump. … But the way people are going about it at these rallies is sad. Violence is not okay. That’s not an appropriate way to address an issue. Go about it in a more respectful manner.

Brock Murphy, senior, Saxony Lutheran High School in Jackson, Missouri

I used to live in Texas and I saw first-hand how bad illegal immigration is. There are some amazing people who come through that border. And if they come legally, I’m all for them. Come to the greatest country in the world.

But there are so many immigrants pouring in daily; they’re taking jobs from actual citizens. Mr. Trump isn’t against immigration; he’s against illegal immigration.

We have borders for a reason.

John McGrath, junior, Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas

I’m sick and tired of seeing what’s happening in this country. I come from a military family. I know firsthand that the military is being dismantled and the economy is in shambles.

Sarah Hagmayer, sophomore, Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ

I support Donald Trump because he is the real voice of the American people. He’s putting himself out there. He’s tackling the media. He’s getting the support of the American people.

Connor Wilson, senior, Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee

Trump hits on points that other people are afraid to touch. He’s not afraid to say what he believes. That’s been absent from Washington for a long time.

Of course, people are going to assume he’s racist or sexist because of some things he’s said. But no racist or sexist person would be able to build the business that he’s built and the support that he’s built.

Matt Haasch, freshman, Cedarburg High School in Cedarburg, Wisconsin

I was in Chicago the other night (at the March 11 Trump rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago) when the protesters were there. It was absolutely crazy. I had to tell other Trump supporters to tone it down. Someone came up and ripped my sign. I saw how unsafe the situation was. I had to get escorted to the car. I’m 14 years old.

The protesters were super excited to see the Trump rally cancelled, but (my friends and I) drove two hours to see him.

I respect people who take politics seriously. I think it’s great that people are getting involved – even these protesters.

Julie Dobbs, freshman, Springhill College in Mobile, Alabama

I support Donald Trump because I believe in his policies and I believe in his speech. Whenever he talks about fighting for this country, I believe him. I trust him.

There’s corruption in our government. Nobody has wanted to stand up to the establishment because it’s so big. But whenever Donald Trump speaks, people feel like they have a voice.

Andrew Nixon, freshman, Brunswick Community College in Holden Beach, NC

I saw a lot of people protesting (in Chicago), and they were resisting removal from the place. Some woman shouted at me that I was a racist. She doesn’t even know me. That really got to me. If you don’t like Trump’s views there’s an area outside where you can protest peacefully. You don’t see Trump supporters at Bernie rallies. We have respect for Bernie.

Alex Chalgren, senior, Westport High School in Ocala, Florida

Not many young people are like me. The majority of these students are ignorant. There’s a widespread liberal bias. Everybody likes free stuff. But there’s no such thing as free lunch.

Jacob Stelter, freshman, Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah

I think we need something bold to fix what we’ve had over the past 16 years with Bush and Obama. Trump is bold and he has a lot of punch lines. That’s attractive to people who are tired of politicians who walk on eggshells. It’s a nice plus to me. But it wouldn’t matter to me. His policies are what matter.

I think the protests are sad. The people who are protesting are probably the most economically disadvantaged and could be most helped by Donald Trump. Bernie supporters are supporting someone who will make them worse off.

Daniel Worthington, freshman, the University of Delaware

I support Donald Trump because he cares about job creation and I believe in universal health care … and I think he’ll do it better than Obama has.

Evan Wright, freshman, University of Louisville in Louisville, Ken.

Tell me one thing that Donald Trump says that’s racist. Nothing that he’s said is racist. It’s the media, and they aren’t getting the full story behind it.

This article was written by Morgan Buckley of the University of Southern California and originally appeared on USA TODAY College. USA TODAY College is the nation’s premier news source produced by students, for students. From breaking news and feature stories to college rankings and career advice, they cover what today’s students care about most. For more, check out USA TODAY College, like their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

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