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Reaction to President Trump

It’s been one year since American voters elected President Donald Trump, and a lot has happened since then. Point Park News Service journalists took to the streets of Downtown Pittsburgh to collect citizens’ thoughts…  


Yvette Platt is not a fan of President Donald Trump. She made this clear as she waited for her bus on Wood Street early Wednesday morning.  

Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with Trump’s inability to keep his campaign promises. More than half of Americans, 56.8 percent, do not approve of Trump, according to, a website that tracks top national polls.  

“I don’t like him,” Platt, 59, of Sheraden, said. “I don’t believe in him. I think everything he’s done is a lie. I think he’s the destruction of the United States. Point. Blank. Period.” 

On the anniversary of Trump’s election to the office of President of the United States, Platt said she doesn’t feel very optimistic about what the rest of Trump’s presidency holds.  

“He’s going to do the same thing that he’s done so far, which is nothing,” Platt said. “I don’t think he’s done anything for us.”

Platt doesn’t have a Twitter, but she does know one thing about Trump’s infamous tweet storms.  

“He says everything is ‘bad,’” Platt said. “‘Very, very bad.’” 

Rachel Perry said she believes that part of President Trump’s rhetoric has embolden racist groups such as white supremacists.   

“I think [racist] people feel more comfortable,” said Perry, of Aspinwall, outside of PNC Bank in Market Square. “Those people have always been there, but now they feel more comfortable.”   

When asked about the Commander In Chief’s Twitter habits, Elaine Dennis of Bellevue said she believes Trump could benefit from some face-to-face human interaction when addressing the nation’s issues.   

“He needs to put down the phone and talk to people in person,” Dennis said.  

“He’s embarrassed us throughout the world and I think in many ways he’s made the world a more dangerous place,” Perry said.     

Brittany Kendal, 28, of Dormont, said she is not impressed with President Trump.  

She said she feels that Presidents Trump’s rhetoric of hate speech causes more issues than ever existed before.   

“He’s caused people to feel more discriminated [against] than ever before,” Kendal said.  

“I don’t follow his tweets. I don’t use Twitter, but I still wouldn’t follow him,” she added.  

When it comes to President Donald Trump, Dormont resident Luis Carveans, 65, said he doesn’t feel happy with him.

“He may make a war during his election,” Carveans said. “I’m not sure.”  

He fears that Trump’s actions could cause a war with the North Korea. 

In general he said he believes that Trump’s comments “are overall rude and insensitive.”  

Casey Anastsa, 21, a Duquesne University student, said he feels that President Trump has made more jobs for Americans this past year. 

“I haven’t been really paying attention to it lately but I mean if you look at his numbers he has put our debt down by a lot,” Anastsa said.  

The national debt has grown by more than $600 million since Trump took office, rising to $20 trillion overall, according to an article in the Washington Examiner.  

As for the next year, Anasta said he feels that its unknown and whatever happens will happens.  

When asked his favorite tweet by President Trump, Anasta brings up a recent tweet about one of the latest terrorist attacks in New York City. He recalled that Trump said the attacker should be put to death.  

 Rayonna Cobb, 20, a day care teacher from East Liberty, said she doesn’t admire President Donald Trump. 

“I don’t think he delivered anything except for violence and more problems,” Cobb said. “Trump, he don’t care. To me, he don’t care about us. He’s just selfish. If it’s not affecting him, it doesn’t matter to him.”   

Cobb said that some people believe they’re able to be more openly racist now that Trump is president. She also said she’s concerned about U.S. relations with North Korea because of his actions.  

The future of Trump’s presidency doesn’t look bright either, from her perspective.  

“I don’t think it’s gonna get any better,” she said. “He isn’t changing anything. He’s just going to be arrogant and wants to be a tough guy. He isn’t thinking about what we have to deal with and how it’s going to affect us. He’s in the White House; he’s safe.”   

President Trump seems to focus more on “issues” that aren’t nearly as important as the ones he promised, said Jose Rodriguez, 38, of Florida.    

The president promised to build a wall, improve healthcare, and create jobs.   

“I could say if he stayed out of the limelight he’d probably be able to focus a little bit more on the current issues,” Rodriguez said.   

Rodriguez doesn’t feel hopeful for the future of the Trump presidency either.   

“Impeachment within his third year,” Rodriguez said. 

 THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY: Brandi Ogrodowski, Lauren Ortego, Casey Hoolahan, Samiar Nefzi, Brittany Maniet, Matt Petras, Krista Marple 

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