Prof: How will Trump govern?

Published 3:00 am Thursday, November 10, 2016

How will President elect Donald Trump govern?

That is one of questions that rose from the dust after his surprise win in Tuesday’s general election.

Steven Taylor, a professor of political science at Troy University, said that it will be interesting to watch. “Donald Trump is now the first president ever elected without prior political service or service in the military,” Taylor said. “Can he effectively govern? That becomes the question. What kind of Republican party will Trump shape and guide?”

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One of the things to watch is how the relationship between Trump and Congress develops, Taylor said.

“Will he influence them or will they influence him?” he asked. “We don’t really know how he will behave. It will be an interesting and different kind of White House.”

Taylor isn’t talking about contention between Trump and a Democrat Congress either, as the Republican Party also maintained control of the House and Senate. This is the first time Republicans have controlled all three since 1928.

Republicans also won the only contested race in Pike County, with Chad Copeland-R defeating Steve Thrash-D for the District 4 seat of the Pike County Commission.

Shirley Reddoch, president of the Pike County Republican Women (PCRW), spoke about her reaction to the Republican victories.

“I was very excited,” Reddoch said. “I went last week and worked in Sarasota, Florida for the Trump campaign. It’s great to know that I had a part in the history. We knew he had to win Florida.”

Reddoch said that she was also glad to see that U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, won re-election in District 2. Roby was scheduled to speak at an October meeting of the PCRW in October, but was disinvited after she announced that she would not be personally voting for Trump. Instead, Perry Hooper, co-chair of the Trump campaign in Alabama, spoke at the luncheon.

Across Roby’s district, conservatives mounted a write-in campaign against Roby with other candidates such as Becky Gerritson, who challenged Roby the most heavily in the primaries. However, Reddoch said she still supports Roby despite any disagreements.

“I don’t always agree with everything she does, but I’m a Republican and I supported Martha Roby,” Reddoch said.

As for the county commission, Reddoch said she wasn’t sure how much of an effect a Republican majority would have on its decisions, but said that she was proud of Copeland for winning his race.

“I was very proud for Chad Copeland,” Reddoch said. “He’s a very fine young man.”

Trump can take the Republican domination further if he holds up to his promise to appoint Supreme Court justices. He already has one vacant seat to appoint and could realistically appoint up to three in his term, Taylor said.

“May be some political fight from Democrats assuming rules remain the same,” Taylor said. “There may be some tit for tat. But yes, Trump will be appointing Supreme Court justices. There already is one vacancy. It was always assumed that the president in this election would get to choose up to three members of the Supreme Court.”

Taylor again brought the discussion back whether Trump will deliver on what he has said.

“Of course, that’s just what he has said,” Taylor said. “It will be interesting to see what he actually does.”

Citizens will get to see what Trump actually does as president when he is sworn into office in January.