A 21-year-old Latina who worked to elect Donald Trump expressed some substantial concerns about his administration but feels confident that everything will work out just fine.
Elizabeth Berecin, a student at Texas State University and social media director for Students For Trump, said she’s tired of being called racist, misogynist or homophobic for backing a candidate who repeatedly insulted women and won the endorsement of white supremacists and other organized hate groups, reported Popsugar.
“The fear is very real, especially among college campuses right now,” said Berecin, who said other students praised her as brave for wearing a Trump shirt. “People will still not come out and say they voted for Trump because they’re worried that people will still call them those names. People are protesting his win and that scares us because we thought were going win this election and it would all be over and it was going to go away — and it’s not.”
She’s aware of the recent spike in violence and harassment against minorities since the election of Trump, whose name is often invoked by assailants against their victims, but Berecin wrote those off as isolated incidents undertaken by “extremists.”
“I know there are some people who believe in ‘Make America white again,’ but putting the Nazi swastika on buildings — that’s not okay,” Berecin told the website. “I believe there are always going to be racist people in the country, but as time changes, people do become more accepting.”
Berecin, who dropped her support for Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, expressed concern about donations made by foreign government officials to her charitable foundation but dismissed similar ethical concerns about Trump.
“I think the idea of foreign diplomats staying at his hotel isn’t a big deal because it’s not a large lump sum of money donated,” she said. “They stayed at his hotels because it’s one of the nicest hotels in NYC — I do see where people can draw the conclusion that it’s a pay to play, but I don’t think it’s on the same scale.”
She also shrugged off the insulting comments Trump made about women, including his infamous hot mic remarks, because he had hired women and raised a daughter that she admired.
“A lot of women have become numb to hearing what’s said and we know how men talk about us with regard to our body,” Berecin told Popsugar. “Here we are trying to hang this one misogynist and trying to condemn him. I think that’s why Trump did not lose a lot of women.”
She’s worried about Trump’s lack of political experience — which she considered a plus during the campaign — but trusts that he’ll pick advisors to walk him through the most difficult aspects of the presidency.
“I do believe he’s going to have the biggest and brightest minds by his side,” Berecin said. “He’s made a couple mistakes like not knowing he had to reappoint 4,000 people to work at the White House. But that stuff is going to happen — you’re not going to know that stuff. Those mistakes I do expect from him and it’s hard to say where it’s going to come into play, but it won’t matter for bigger things. He’s not going to slip up when talking to foreign leaders. It’s those small details of how to run the White House, that’s where he might have some issues.”
Berecin said she’s confident that democratic institutions will prevent Trump from carrying out some of his campaign promises, such as undoing abortion rights and same-sex marriage or prosecuting Clinton.
“The Supreme Court has ruled on that — he can’t just take away those rights,” she said. “If he appoints Supreme Court justices that are anti-abortion, I would question if they would overturn Roe v. Wade because they’re supposed to be impartial and would stick with the precedent. Most of the time we don’t go backward with our laws.”