By: Liam Malik Pelosky, Features Editor
Earlier this year, the Chair of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel said that Donald Trump could get re-elected just by “keeping down the population of college students.”But McDaniel and the RNC haven’t been able to keep college students from voting. In fact, students broke the 2016 turnout record for the state primary this year, and we expect to break it again on November 3rd. McDaniel will be making a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Friday, and we want to remind her and the New Hampshire Republican Party that Granite State college students are ready to show up and vote out Donald Trump, Chris Sununu, and New Hampshire Republicans this November.
First, New Hampshire college students are going to vote out Donald Trump to stop his attacks on women’s reproductive rights. Trump’s recent nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, who wouldvote to repeal Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act is Donald Trump’s latest example of his extreme anti-choice agenda. Trump has advocated for a 20-week abortion ban. He has pushed to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides college students access to the health care they might otherwise not be able to afford.Just like Donald Trump, Republican Governor Chris Sununu voted to defund Planned Parenthood and took money meant for COVID-19 aid and diverted it to organizations who deceive pregnant women about their options. College students are going to vote against Trump and Sununu’s extreme, anti-choice agenda in November.
Second, New Hampshire college students are going to vote out Donald Trump to stop his attacks on the environment. We are seeing the effects of the climate crisis in New Hampshire right now as we’re facing a severe drought and a warming climate, jeopardizing our economy and threatening our environment. On the other side of the country, the West Coast is dealing with devastating forest fires, and around the world sea levels are rising. While all this is happening Donald Trump pulled us out of the Paris Climate Pact and Chris Sununu thinks the “jury is still out” on climate change. Young people know that we need to act now to save our planet, and we can start by voting out Donald Trump and Republicans who ignore the climate crisis.
Third, New Hampshire college students are going to vote out Donald Trump to stop his continued attempts to stoke racism in our country. Trump’s unabashed racism and bigotry have enabled New Hampshire Republicans who have made inappropriate and appalling comments about people of color and those who choose to stand up for them. New Hampshire college students marched, demonstrated, and posted on social media in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and communities of color this summer. That kind of action remains vital — but it’s not enough. We have an obligation to reject racism and embrace a better future for all, and voting against Trump, Sununu, and Republicans is an important way to do that.
National Republicans, Donald Trump, and Chris Sununu are all counting on students and young people not to vote. That’s basically their entire campaign strategy here in New Hampshire – and it’s why they’re going to fail. The truth is that voting in New Hampshire isn’t hard. If you’re a U.S. citizen, will be 18 by Election Day, and live in New Hampshire, you can vote here. That’s whatwe’re going to spend every day from now until November 3rd telling our peers. So to our fellow college students and voters across New Hampshire, while New Hampshire Republicans are scheming with McDaniel at their private fundraiser, you can visit www.VoteInNH.org or call (603) GO-N-VOTE and make a plan to register and vote them out today. This is the most important election of our lives and there’s too much at stake to sit out.
I signed this in my capacity as President of PSU Democrats along with; Arianna Khan, president of the New Hampshire College Democrats, Emery Rheam, president of the Dartmouth College Democrats, Davis Bernstein, president of the Keene State College Democrats, Phillip Dragone, president of the Saint Anselm College Democrats, and Acadia Spear, co-president of the University of New Hampshire College Democrats.