Republican Congressman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Campaign Funds

Staff Writer: William Paul Ellis

After months of calling the allegations against him a “witch hunt,” United States Congressman Duncan Hunter plead guilty Dec. 3 to a campaign finance violation. 

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the hearing took place in a courtroom of the United States District Court of Southern California, where Hunter plead guilty to one count in order for the prosecutors to dismiss 59 other counts against him. 

In an interview with San Diego radio station KUSI, Hunter seemed to imply that his misuse of campaign funds were not mischievous in nature. 

As he stated during the interview: “I failed to monitor and account for my campaign spending. I made mistakes, and that’s what today was all about.”

However, the investigation conducted by federal prosecutors from the Southern District of California paints a different picture of the Congressman’s dilemma. 

According to the Washington Examiner, authorities were first alerted about Hunter’s frivolous spending three years ago, when it was reported that he used $600 of campaign funds to fly a pet rabbit across the country. 

Furthermore, Hunter continued to pay his wife Margaret, who is also being charged with misuse of campaign funds, $3,000 a month to serve as his “campaign manager,” although he never ran against a competitor during his congressional career. 

Hunter and his wife continued to use funds for groceries, a $14,000 vacation to Italy, $1,302 worth of video games and a plethora of other expenses to maintain their lifestyles. 

Perhaps the most shocking allegation brought forth against Hunter is that he spent campaign funds to support numerous extra-marital affairs. According to USA Today, Hunter engaged in affairs with three lobbyists, a congressional staffer and another Republican leader’s congressional aide. 

During all of these affairs, Hunter used campaign funds to pay for dinners, trips and Uber rides to his office while in term as a congressman. 

Hunter and his lawyers have attempted to make the two-person investigation into a political frenzy, alleging that two of the prosecutors are seeking revenge for Hunter’s endorsement of President Trump in 2016. 

Furthermore, Hunter has blamed his wife for all wrongdoings claiming that she was responsible for all financial operations during his time as a congressman. 

Hampton University Junior Brianna Cry found the Congressman’s actions shocking, and felt that his potential sentencing of approximately five years may be too lenient. 

“I just think it’s awful that he would use money that his supporters gave him for his own personal use,” Cry said. “So many people are in prison for similar crimes, and I believe that if he was not a congressman, his plea deal would not be so forgiving, and his punishment would be much harsher.”

Hunter’s ongoing legal issues continue to be a highly discussed issue on Capitol Hill during President Trump’s impeachment hearing. On Dec. 6, the House Ethics Committee informed Hunter that he is no longer allowed to vote on any congressional matters. 

Margaret Hunter will face her own trial in federal court in January 2020. 

Racial acts cause uproar at Syracuse University

Staff Writer: Simone Quary

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One of the most fundamental American rights, the right to freedom of speech, allows citizens to articulate their opinions on almost any platform without fear of retaliation by the government. 

However, as with any law, there is a limit on this freedom. When the expression of an opinion results in the harm of a person or a group of people, legal prosecution must take place. In what seems to be a more polarized nation than ever before, the opinions and attitudes that people have expressed in the past are more likely to be challenged, and possibly face backlash.

  College provides students of different backgrounds with the opportunity to engage in intellectual dialogue in a safe environment. But what happens when that safety is jeopardized? Minority students at Syracuse University are in this predicament. 

Throughout the month of November, a slew of racist graffiti had been sprayed across campus, with the hateful language targeting students of African American, Native American and Asian descent. In addition, the Washington Post reports that over a dozen incidents involving hate speech were reported including an anti-Semitic email sent to a professor and racial slurs being shouted at black students. Despite four students being suspended for shouting racial slurs, it was the arrest of Syracuse University student Kym McGowan who sprayed graffiti supporting the protests of minority student that caused further outrage.

  The hashtag #NotAgainSU began circulating various social media platforms along with videos of student protests, one of which black students led a sit-in at Syracuse University for six whole days. The video of the sit-in eventually gained the attention of actress Gabrielle Union, who tweeted Nov. 19: “This is terrifying and not getting nearly enough attention. Absolutely terrifying!! These students are being terrorized and their safety is clearly not a priority.”

  Unaware of the protests led by minority students at Syracuse University, Mya Jones, a junior strategic communicators major expressed her support for the students while criticizing the administration. 

“Six days is a lot of time for a sit-in protest. It shouldn’t have even got to this point and I think the administration and police should’ve handled this right when it happened,” Jones said.  

  In response to the public outrage, the administration decided to implement new safety measures over the university’s Thanksgiving break. This includes an increase in the number of security cameras and safety officers in addition to the number of professional guidance counselors. Despite these implemented changes, some students felt it was not enough. A list of demands that the students presented to administration called for the resignation of Chancellor Kent Syverud. 

Students who are a part of the #NotAgainSU movement planned a protest Dec. 5, by placing canvasses around a building in which many classes were taught in. The students organizing the protest were denied entrance into the building, and classes were either cancelled entirely or relocated.

  The administration of Syracuse University has a responsibility to protect student’s rights to freedom of speech and assembly, while also prosecuting those who use their rights to instill fear and endanger the lives of others. The opinions of the white supremacists may never change, but hopefully, a compromise between the students and administration can be reached. 

Censorship on Egyptian Press

Staff Writer: Gabrielle Chenault

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Freedom of the press is a privilege that most countries do not benefit from. Due to the first amendment of the United States, journalism corporations can report and publish news articles pertaining to the government.

In Egypt, Mada Masr, or Scope of Egypt, one of the country’s last independent news outlets, was raided Nov. 25. The news outlet has been critical about exposing the injustices that are occurring within the government. 

Although Egypt’s current constitution expresses the concepts of freedom of press, and bans censorship, these rights are rarely practiced. According to the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, “The government has frequently imprisoned journalists or blocked them from reporting. With 23 journalists in jail, Egypt was ranked as one of the top jailers of journalists worldwide in 2019 by the Committee to Protect Journalists.”


Egypt’s general intelligence has also taken control of several news outlets in order to censor what they report. Lauren Gray, an HU student, believes this issue needs to be addressed.

“I honestly didn’t know they were censoring news outlets. Why isn’t this getting more coverage?” she said.

The Egyptian government began to censor the media when former president Hosni Mubarak was in office. Many journalists were forced to quit their jobs and some were jailed. The worst occurred following the Jan. 25, 2011 revolution. Many Egyptian and foreign journalists were murdered as a result. 

As the government continued to censor the media, many news outlets were closed due to the ban on private-owned and international news outlets. With this latest news outlet being raided, it is extremely dangerous for the citizens of Egypt to express the injustice in their country to the international community. 

CNN reported the incident when their offices were first raided. “Security forces left. Lina Attalah, Mohamed Hamama, and Rana Mamdouh have been taken to the prosecution, according to one of the men who entered our offices,” the statement said.  Attalah is the news outlet’s editor-in-chief, while Hamama and Mamdouh are journalists.” 

As more information has been released, the public has learned that no warrant was revealed when the officers entered the news outlet. This latest event shows how the media is being forced to change to produce only content is government approved. 

“This kind of reminds be of dystopian books like The Giver and 1984,” said current HU student Maya Tillet. “It seems like this government will do anything to make sure their image is protected.” 

Egypt’s freedom of the press may potentially become non-existent due to the government. But as a journalist, we must attempt to protect it to ensure the people have a voice. Mada Masr editor-in-chief Lina Attalah said it best, “We are all in danger, and if we do not stand up, we will all be their prisoners.” 

Rodney Reed: Texas prisoner facing death penalty

Sara Avery | Staff Writer

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Texas prisoner Rodney Reed is set to be executed Nov. 20 after spending 21 years on death row for the murder of 19-year-old Stacy Stites in 1966.

However, new witness testimonies and doubt surrounding the initial evidence and trial of the case have helped garner nationwide support to stop the execution. Celebrities such as Yara Shahidi, Rihanna and Gigi Hadid have used their platforms to bring awareness to the case and call on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to grant Reed clemency.

“We must come together to prevent a gross injustice,” Shahidi tweeted.

According to Vox, the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization for criminal justice reform, officially filed for clemency with the Texas Board of Pardons Oct. 30, citing several reasons why the case should be looked at again. One reason was that the murder weapon was never tested for DNA, and appeals for the weapon to be tested have been repeatedly denied. The

Innocence Project also has stated it thinks the case was racially motivated because Reed was convicted of killing Stites, a white woman, by an all-white jury.

“Yes, it’s racially motivated,” said Hampton University student Rachel Sutton, a senior psychology major. “If he was a white man, they wouldn’t have accused him and would’ve been more thorough.”

In a public affidavit filed with the state of Texas, former inmate Arthur Snow Jr. said Stites’ fiancé at the time, Jimmy Fennell, had confessed to the murder years ago while bragging about it to him on the recreational yard. The affadavit said Stites and Reed had been having an affair behind Fennell’s back and Fennell found out.

According to the affidavit, Fennell told Snow, “I had to kill my [expletive]-loving fiancée.”

The New York Times reported that Snow thought Fennell bragged about killing Stites to impress him and other members of the Aryan Brotherhood, whom Fennell had sought out for protection.

Snow then recalls seeing Reed’s picture next to Fennell’s in an article about the case a few months later. That is when he realized that Reed had been convicted for the murder that Fennell had confessed to him.

At first, he wasn’t going to come forward because of his “gang-mentality” and fear of being labeled a “snitch.” But after seeing another article about Reed, he decided to come forward with what he knew.

“I looked at the situation differently and tried to put myself in Reed’s shoes,” Snow said in the affidavit.

“When I did, it weighed on my conscious. I knew I couldn’t ignore this memory anymore.”

According to CNN, an attorney for Fennell called Snow a career criminal and said the Fennel has changed, citing his conversion to Christianity as well as his volunteer work to help those with drug addictions.

There also have been two other witnesses, according to Vox, who have come forward to corroborate the affair between Stites and Reed, which was a point of contention in the first trial.

Several petitions have been created to put pressure on Governor Abbott, including one on freerodneyreed.com, which already has 1.9 million signatures.

With the execution date only a few days away, activists are hoping that the social pressure will be enough for Abbott to pardon Reed.

First transcripts from President Trump impeachment hearings released

William Paul Ellis | Staff Writer

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Congressional Democrats have begun releasing transcripts of the testimonies given before the House Intelligence Committee during the current impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

The inquiry was catalyzed by the complaint in September by a whistleblower, an intelligence officer who claimed that the president had inappropriate and possible illegal contact with the president of Ukraine.

In the complaint, the whistleblower details an “urgent concern” that “pose[s] risks to U.S. national security and undermine the U.S. Government’s efforts to deter and counter foreign interference in U.S. elections.”

The 2,677 pages of transcripts comprise the statements of eight witnesses with direct knowledge of President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. According to CNN, the testimonies reveal that the issue of foreign relations with Ukraine had been a pressing concern in the White House for months.

According to the transcript, President Trump’s personal attorney strongly encouraged Ukrainian officials to announce that they would be pursuing an investigation into

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, and into the allegations made by members of the Trump team that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election for the Democrats.

A few of the witnesses were ambassadors who had worked directly with Ukraine and expressed to the committee how the president’s actions have negatively impacted United States foreign policy.

The most notable claim made in the transcripts was the testimony of a witness directly linked the president to withholding $400 million in aid from Ukraine unless it agreed to investigate his political opponents. If so, this would make the allegations of a “quid pro quo” true and would likely be considered illegal due to the malicious intent behind the actions.

Hampton University junior Madison McKinney thinks that if these allegations are true, the impeachment inquiry should continue until an answer is found.

“From everything I have heard, it does seem like something illegal happened,” McKinney said. “I just hope the committee makes the right decision.”

This week, the committee began televising the witness testimonies to the American public as the inquiry continues. However, several top Trump administration officials, including acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, are testifying before the committee.

Hampton University Junior Bryce Powell is excited about the testimonies airing on television and plans to watch them.

“It gives us the ability to observe everything for ourselves and to make our own decisions about everything that has happened in the last few months,” Powell said.

As the date draws near to the testimonies airing, many people are expected to tune in to the results.

Canadian general election presents deep political divide

William Paul Ellis | Staff Writer

Despite losing the popular vote, Justin Trudeau has been elected as the Prime Minister of Canada for a second term.

The Canadian General Election, which took place Oct. 21, was held to elect a prime minister and members of the Canadian Parliament. According to the National Post, this is only the second time in Canada’s history that a party has been tasked with leading the government without winning the popular vote.

The Liberal Party, led by Trudeau, won 157 of the 338 seats available in Parliament. While this was the highest number of seats won by any party, it was still less than the 170 needed to win the majority.

The Liberal Party’s main opposition, the Conservative Party led by Andrew Scheer, won the popular vote and captured 26 new seats in Parliament.

Many think the election’s somewhat shocking results have revealed an intense shift of political support among the Canadian people that will force the nation’s politics to become more polarized than ever before.

According to the New Statesman, the remaining two most popular parties, the Liberal and Conservative parties both polled at the lowest rate in years, allowing for a strong increase in third-party representation in parliament.

Much of the Liberal Party’s loss of popularity can be credited to Prime Minister Trudeau’s waning popularity due to several governmental missteps and recent controversies.

In September, photos surfaced of Trudeau wearing blackface in 2001 during his time as a private school teacher. According to USA Today, Trudeau wore the costume as a part of an “Arabian Nights” themed party.

Condemning his own actions, Trudeau said, “This was something that was unacceptable and yes, racist. I take responsibility for my decision to do that, I shouldn’t have done it, I should’ve known better.”

Trudeau would also go on to admit that this incident was not his first time wearing blackface. He wore it in a high school talent show while performing as American actor and singer Harry Belafonte.

Earlier this year, Trudeau also received heavy criticism for his administration’s handling of a major corruption investigation.

According to CNN, former Canadian Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould claimed that she had been pressured to assist SNC-Lavalin, a Montreal construction company and major employer in Canada, in avoiding major prosecution for allegedly bribing Libyan officials for government contracts.

This incident furthered the belief among voters that Trudeau, once the young star of the Liberal Party, has disillusioned voters by guaranteeing promises he would not be able to fulfill.

Hampton University junior Eddy Baldwin thinks the recent Canadian Federal Election proves that political issues even happen in countries that are commonly believed to be more “peaceful.”

“I think it is really interesting that Canada electing a new government would cause so many issues, and it just shows that America isn’t the only place that needs reform when it comes to elections and the government,” Baldwin said.

Trudeau’s cabinet will be sworn in Nov. 20, which will officially start his second term as prime minister.

An update on the largest college admissions scandal in history

Simone Quary | Staff Writer

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It is no doubt that the importance of obtaining a college education has risen this millennium.

For a considerable amount of youth, it has been ingrained into their mindset that a college degree allows for career and financial prosperity, and most importantly, freedom from generational curses. As a result, students throughout the world strive to stand out from the rest of college applicants with a plethora of academic and extracurricular achievements listed on their college applications.

But what about the students who appear to have the educational and economic advantages when applying for college?

Nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues,” NPR describes the college admissions scandal that made headlines in March 2019 as “a multimillion-dollar scheme with parents paying consultants to fabricate academic and athletic credentials in addition to offering bribes to help get their children into prestigious universities.”

In general, the parents, university administration and sports coaches were charged for conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

However, the Varsity Blues scandal has resurfaced in the news because as recently as Oct. 22, the grand jury reached the decision to charge 11 defendants, the parents of the students, with bribery.

“I think it relates to parents forcing their kids into acting or into the celebrity world, and I think they should let their kids find their own talent and let them prosper on their own,”

Hampton University sophomore aviation major Bilal Wilburn said. “It’s like this: You buy your kid a pair of shoes, but you have to let them tie them on their own.”

As stated in U.S. Code § 666, a federal statute concerning bribery and theft in relation to the distribution of federal funds, an individual or organization can be charged with conspiracy to commit bribery when at least $5,000 is given to an organization that receives a minimum of $10,000 from government funds.

If found guilty, the statute also states that an individual can be fined or imprisoned for up to 10 years. In addition to being charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, the 11 defendants who have decided not to take a plea deal must also deal with charges from March. If found guilty of all accused crimes, the parents can face up to 45 years in prison.

And the alleged mastermind behind the grand scheme? William Singer, the founder of the for-profit college guidance companies, The Edge College and Career Network and the LLC, who plead guilty in March to multiple charges, including money laundering and obstruction of justice.

As for maneuvering the college system in favor of his clients, Singer admitted in court that he falsified ACT and SAT test scores, altered the photos of students and presented them as athletes, and took advantage of affirmative action by lying about a student’s ethnicity or disability.

While jail time serves as a possibility for the parents and Singer, this leaves many people to question the fate of the students who were admitted into elite universities under false pretenses.

The students involved in the scandal had been advised not to say anything to the press or media in fear of self-incriminating themselves.

However, one student who was unwillingly involved, Jack Buckingham, wrote a statement to the Hollywood Reporter in March expressing his remorse and apologizes for his mother’s actions.

“I know there are millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their (expletive) off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams,” said Buckingham. “I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others an advantage over those who truly deserve those spots.”

His mother was accused in March of bribing an ACT proctor $50,000 to take the standardized test for him.

Currently, no students have been charged with any federal crimes, but some have decided to withdraw from their university of attendance.

Actress Felicity Huffman, who admitted in court to having an SAT proctor administer and correct her daughter’s test plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, was sentenced to 14 days of prison at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. She began her sentence Oct. 15 and was released two days earlier than scheduled. Huffman’s sentence also includes 250 hours of community service and a $30,000 fine, which has been paid.

 

Chilean protest is the newest in a series of Latin American uprisings

Gabrielle Chenault | Local and World Editor

Throughout the continents and various countries, a revolution no matter how big or small has occurred. A revolution is the citizens’ way of fixing their country. The form of government they have in place has either discriminated against a group or the leader is simply not fit for office.

Revolutions such as the American Revolution influenced others around the world to do the same. In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the amount of revolutions in Latin America, and these growing revolutions could influence our country in a big way.

Two Latin America countries, Peru and Ecuador, have recently received a lot of social media attention due to the uprisings in their countries.

In Peru, the citizens are protesting a corrupt and unresponsive government along with the rise in crime.

In Ecuador, the citizens are protesting a fuel hike. The state of their government is falling apart, and many have died due to excessive force from police officers. In the most recent protest, according to a Miami Herald article, “at least seven people had died and 1,507 had been injured.’’

As protests continue with the hopes of kicking out the government, the death toll will potentially continue to rise.

Colombian citizens had been fighting a brutal civil war for decades until President Barack Obama and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos made a deal to end the conflict that ended in June 2016. Last week, one of the descendants of the people who signed this agreement made a startling announcement.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) stated they were “taking up weapons again and would fight the government for better conditions for former combatants.” This is very worrisome because it could potentially start another uprising in a country that is trying to piece itself back together.

Most recently, Chilean President Sebashtion Pinerau dismissed his entire cabinet following the protest in Chile. The country was formally in a curfew due to the violent protest.

BBC announced in an article that “at least 17 people had been killed and hundreds injured since the anti-inequality protest began.” About 5% of the population had marched to the capital to demand an equal and unified Chile. This was the biggest demonstration since democracy was restored in 1990.

The recent protest in these various Latin American countries is having an effect on immigration in the United States. As more and more citizens of these counties flee due to rebel forces attempting to take control and the violent protest, they are fleeing to the U.S.

There was a large caravan of people fleeing persecution from countries such as El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in 2018. As protests and uprisings continue, the size of these caravans will only grow. As immigration laws become more and more strict, it makes us wonder if anything will be done to help the citizens that are caught in the crossfire.

President Trump’s request to keep tax returns secret is dismissed

Sara Avery | Staff Writer

President Donald Trump might have to hand over his personal and corporate tax returns for the state of New York after a federal judge blocked his request to keep them hidden. 

United States District Judge Victor Marrero dismissed the lawsuit, saying that President Trump’s claims of immunity from criminal investigations oppose the constitution. According to CBS News, the decision could result in the president releasing eight years’ worth of tax returns to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who is investigating allegations of hush money being paid to women who have claimed to have had affairs with President Trump. 

“The truth will come out,” said Alea Hudson, an HU sophomore criminology major from Edgewater, Maryland. “All his lies over the years are starting to unravel, and he’s going to get caught up.” 

For now, the president will not have to submit his returns as his lawyers appealed the verdict and received a temporary stay of decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, according to official court documents. If the court decides to continue proceedings, according to CNBC, the released tax documents could also provide insight into Trump’s income. 

However, the returns potentially being granted to Vance does not mean that they will become public. 

According to CNN, the president’s lawyers have stated that they believe the investigation is politically motivated, because Vance is a Democrat, and that the investigation needs to be stopped since a president should be immune from criminal probes so long as he holds the office. 

President Trump expressed his opinion about the situation by tweeting, “The Radical Left Democrats have failed on all fronts so now they are pushing local New York City and State Democrat prosecutors to go get President Trump.” 

The judge’s ruling comes as the threat of impeachment continues to increase after a second whistleblower has come forward, corroborating the story of the first. The initial whis- tleblower ignited the impeachment inquiry by bringing evidence that the President attempted to use Ukrainian leaders to investigate Joe Biden. The president and his administration have adamantly advocated their innocence and have continuously stated that they will not cooperate with house democrats during the proceedings, unless “the rules are fair,” according to CNN.

“Of course, he wants to fight it off as long as he can,” said Las Vegas native and HU sophomore journalism major Ciara White-Sparks. “He wants to keep his presidency, and if he’s impeached, he’ll be done.” 

Phone calls and personal public statements made by President Trump have become the key evidence that congressional investigators have focused on to ascertain whether the president behaved unethically, in a quid pro quo. 

“The actions taken to date by the president have seriously violated the constitution,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a televised news conference last month announcing the official impeachment inquiry. “He must be held accountable. No one is above the law.”

According to CNN, Trump has defied the constitution more than once during his presidency, including disregarding immigrant’s rights to due process, profiting from the presidency, and obstructing justice. If President Trump is found guilty of committing impeachable offenses, outlined by the constitution as “high crimes and misdemeanors,” then the Senate will hold a hearing in which a majority two-thirds must vote for a conviction. If that majority is reached, the worst thing the Senate can do is remove the president from office, but they cannot press criminal charges, although he is subject to face charges later. If the majority is not reached, then the president can remain in office and continue governing. In both the impeachment inquiry and the tax return investigation, President Trump has maintained that he did nothing wrong and that these are attempts to slander his character. 

Is Bernie Sanders’ campaign run potentially over?

Justin Norris | Staff Writer

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is having to adjust his efforts on the 2020 campaign trail after a recently suffered heart attack. 

According to CNN, Sanders admitted that he will change “the nature of the campaign a bit [to] make sure I have the strength to do what needs to be done.” 

Sanders, 78, suffered the heart attack three days before his campaign released the information. He defended the decision to delay the disclosure, telling NBC that he “think[s] that’s a media thing.” He added that the campaign was trying “to understand what in fact is going on.” Sanders’ admission to scale back his campaign efforts comes as a deviation from his customarily relentless pace on the campaign trail. 

According to CNN, while recovering in Vermont, Sanders told reporters outside his home “we were doing [in] some cases five or six meetings a day, three or four rallies and town meetings and meeting with groups of people. I don’t think I’m going to do that. But I certainly intend to be actively campaigning.” 

Americans are curious to see how Sanders will handle his reduced campaign trail schedule after running notably busy schedules in the 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.

can be a form of age discrimination. Therefore, it does not change my opin- ion about Mr. Sanders nor how I may vote.” However, Hampton University student John Harvey IV, who is a business administration major from Washington, D.C., is wary of what Sanders’ heart attack means for the future of his campaign.

Vashon Gordon, a Hampton University political science major from St. Paul, Minnesota, thinks Sanders can rebound in the polls and still secure the 2020 Democratic nomination. 

“I do believe it’ll put him slightly behind in the race, but not by much since this is his second time running and Mr. Sanders is not a rook- ie,” Gordon said. “I know he released statements saying he was going to be scaling back on some of his campaign- ing, but he is still going to try his best and put in the effort to do what he needs to do. 

“Hopefully, others will take his body of work into consideration, instead of his health or age, which can be a form of age discrimination. Therefore, it does not change my opin- ion about Mr. Sanders nor how I may vote.”

However, Hampton University student John Harvey IV, who is a business administration major from Washington, D.C., is wary of what Sanders’ heart attack means for the future of his campaign. 

“As a member of the pre-law program at HU, and because of today’s political climate, I have an increased interest in what goes on in American politics,” Harvey said. “Bernie Sanders
was a candidate I was considering. However, even if he wins the Democratic nomination, President Trump will use this heart attack as ammunition to say [Sanders] is physically unfit for office. At the age of 78, that is a valid claim to make. With that being said, I cannot afford to take my vote in choosing the Democratic nominee lightly. At the end of the day, I may not have the luxury to vote for who I believe is the best candidate. I am going to vote for whoever I think has the best chance of defeating President Donald Trump in an election.”

It remains to be seen whether Sanders can rebound from any hit he takes in the polls. The outcome may determine who represents the Democratic party in the 2020 presidential election.