Holy Cross Election Experts Provide Insight Post-Election

Fortune | Telegram & Gazette | La Voz de Galicia
December 2nd, 2016 by 


Donald Brand, professor of political science, offers a "Presidential Selection" course during election years. Photo by: Tom Rettig

While the 2016 presidential election has come to a close, College of the Holy Cross faculty and students continue to talk politics with the press.

Donald Brand, professor of political science, continues to publish op-eds for multinational business magazine, Fortune. In one article, Brand spotlights the undermining of Congress and success of populism in the United States when it appeals to the passion of the voters.
“Now, a populist outsider has captured the pinnacle of power in the American system: the presidency. Trump’s success will encourage other populists on the left and the right to find a path to power,” he wrote.

Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies, has published a series of op-eds also appearing in Fortune. Schmalz details the reasoning behind the substantial increase in Catholic votership compared to the 2012 election. The article discusses how the Trump turnaround resulted from the “deep antipathy of cultural elites who are perceived as not only being tone deaf to Catholic sensibilities, but also as actively antagonistic to them.”

“It remains to be seen whether Trump will deliver the protections, recognition and vision hoped for by the Catholics who voted for him,” wrote Schmalz. “My sense is that the disconnect between many Catholics and the Washington establishment will remain, but will have more fault lines than seen under the Obama administration: Issues of character and commitment to democratic norms are important to American Catholics, precisely because they are both American and Catholic.”

Overseas, Holy Cross students studying abroad in Galicia spoke with ‘La Voz de Galicia,’ a local Spanish newspaper. In a video, students, many dressed in their purple pride, discussed their thoughts on election observations, past administration and candidates in Spanish.

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