Zaniya Lewis ’16, Interviewed in Political News by CBS News Reporter
CBS NEWS reporter Jareen Imam
Trump ‘sparked some kind of action’
Zaniya Lewis is worried about inauguration day. She’s an African American woman, her brother has a disability and her sister serves in the military. She said it feels like her family has been directly targeted by the president-elect’s messages while he was on the campaign trail.
“I feel like I have a lot at stake because of what Trump said,” she said.
This was the first time the 19-year-old voted and she chose Hillary Clinton on Election Day. She felt devastated when Clinton lost and was nervous about going back to class the next day at her D.C. school because she said her college is pretty conservative.
When she was back at school many of her peers were celebrating Trump’s victory. “Everyone was cheering and on the flip side there were so many people I knew who were crying. It felt like a war after the election. It was scary for me,” she said.
Now that the inauguration is days away, Lewis says she wants to be more involved in her community. She’s planning on going to the Women’s March on January 21, the day after the inauguration, joining thousands of others who are expected to attend.
“I think it will be a healing process for me as well. I think this march will help me heal and understand that my voice does matter,” Lewis said.
After President Obama’s farewell address in Chicago, Lewis says she was inspired to do something meaningful. “I think President Obama passed the baton to the American youth in his farewell speech when he said for us to not lose hope in the democratic process and to be involved,” she said.
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Although she was anxious when Mr. Trump won the election, she feels like his victory also helped bring people together, in a way.
“Trump winning the election really brought people to feel like they should go out there and change the world. In a way, he sparked some kind of action,” she said.