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Marquette University In The News is a weekly compilation of top media reports about Marquette University and members of the university community.

Special edition, January 24, 2017

The Inauguration of Donald Trump


Julia Azari, associate professor of political science

Azari wrote her observations after attending the recent inauguration. “While populist rhetoric refers to the power of the people, it doesn’t really invite them to be active citizens,” she said. “Mr. Trump promised to return power to the people, but he didn’t talk much about their role in the process.”

Opinion piece appeared in The New York Times, Jan. 21, 2017

Azari discussed the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency in a podcast. “Congresses that pass a lot of laws early on are not necessarily the most productive Congresses,” she said. “But, I do think that to some extent this is just about when the big agenda items get passed.”

Podcast aired on FiveThirtyEight, Jan. 23, 2017

Azari commented on the protests surrounding Inauguration Day. “In modern presidency, usually the Inauguration Day is a day of briefly coming together around institution, around tradition, around our constitution and around our shared past. And, a lot of that is being downplayed - but more importantly - in response to someone who has yet to take office and yet is already so profoundly shaped in American politics.”

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Jan. 18, 2017

Azari attended the inauguration and commented on it in real time for “People in the crowd here are booing Chuck Schumer and chanting ‘Trump’,” she said. “I’m in the ‘orange’ section, pretty nosebleed-y, lots of Trump hats but a non-trivial number of pink hats. One cheesehead.”

Blog appeared on FiveThirtyEight, Jan. 20, 2017

Paul Nolette, assistant professor of political science

Nolette was featured on WGN Radio immediately after Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony ended. “One of the challenges that he is going to have is that there are a lot of divisions among Americans now and differences about what the public good means, and even about what patriotism means… There hasn’t been a whole lot of progress on the bridging divisions gap,” Nolette said.

Story aired on WGN-Radio (720 AM, Chicago), Jan. 20, 2017

Similar story aired on WDJT-TV (CBS 58), Jan. 20, 2017

Nolette commented on the “seamlessly smooth” transition of power in the United States. “It’s quite remarkable. I think it’s one of the most important political norms in America,” he said. “This tradition, which goes back to the founding, I think is extremely important both in terms of practical, getting the government to a new president, but also the kind of tradition that provides for a stable democracy.”

Story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), Jan. 18, 2017

Nolette, in a nearly 18-minute interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, discussed Donald Trump’s approval ratings heading into inauguration day. “Right now, they are at about 40 to 45 percent,” he said. “To put that in historical context, it’s considerably lower than what most president-elects have at this point just prior to their inauguration. For example, President Obama, a few days before his inauguration, had approval ratings that got close to 80 percent.”

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, Jan. 18, 2017

Philip Rocco, assistant professor of political science

Rocco, in a 22-minute interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, commented on the darkness of President Donald Trump’s inauguration speech. “I think in historical context it’s not that inaugural speeches don’t mention problems in the world, but they usually mention it in a breath and then proceed to a positive vision of what the president wants,” Rocco said.

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, Jan. 20, 2017

Similar story aired on WTMJ-Radio (620 AM), Jan. 19, 2017

Rocco said it behooves Wisconsin leaders that President Donald Trump have a good relationship with the media. “Folks like Paul Ryan and Republicans in Congress, they have a huge incentive to make sure that Trump has a better, in fact, positive relationship with the media and the public more generally,” he said.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Jan. 23, 2017

Marquette students react to Trump’s inauguration

Marquette students gave their reactions while watching the inauguration at the Alumni Memorial Union. “This could possibly be the most entertaining presidency ever, but there is a possibility he could actually do a good job,” Marquette student Jason Reichard said.

Story aired on Yahoo News and WITI-TV (FOX 6), Jan. 20, 2017

Most recent Marquette Law School Poll cited in story on Barack Obama’s presidency

In a story on Barack Obama’s legacy, the most recent Marquette Law School Poll was cited as showing that 52 percent of Wisconsin voters approved of the job he did during his eight years in the presidency. That has not translated to success for the Democratic Party. “Maybe that’s not all on Obama’s table for having done that, but certainly the party is in worse shape in the nation as a whole today than it was in 2009 as he came into office,” said Charles Franklin, poll director.

Story aired on WITI-TV (FOX 6), Jan. 20, 2017

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