Op-Ed: Nasty Woman: Why This Republican is Swiping Left on Trump

Written by Cristina Stiller

Believe you me, it is a lonely road being a Republican at NYU Law.

There’s this party game—it’s like truth or dare, but without the dare—where a group of friends can ask you anything for two minutes and you have to answer every question truthfully. As you can imagine, the game almost immediately devolves into a series of increasingly intimate questions about your sex life. But when my friends found out I was a Republican? Well apparently, that’s even kinkier than that one time you tried a butt plug and liked it.

For two minutes, my friends drilled me on the intricacies of my political beliefs. Here’s the TL;DR results of that endeavor: I’m a fiscal Republican, in the purest sense of the word. I’m a big fan of keeping the federal government (and the states) out of my bed and out of my womb. And I fully support policies that ensure they stay out of everyone else’s as well. You could say I lean Libertarian (although I know where Aleppo is—shocking, but true). But I keep my Republican registration card because, well, primaries are a thing.

There aren’t many of us roaming the fabled halls of this venerated institution. But for those of you who want hard, quantitative facts, let me give you a totally statistically relevant, not-at-all anecdotal idea of the ratios we’re dealing with. Last year, Professor Nelson asked the roughly 100 kids in my Property class, “How many of you are Conservatives?” I was the only person to raise my hand. You can’t argue with the facts, people.

Now, maybe there were one or two closeted Republicans lurking in the back row. Or maybe, everyone knew that whoever raised their hand would be required to have their ass in the chair for the remainder of the semester, never to skip again, if only to defend the faith. But whatever the case, the number of us who would actually dare to mutter those three dirty words, “I’m a Republican,” are thin on the ground.

And this was all well before my party decided that now was as good a year as any to totally and completely botch the presidential election.

So let me tell you a little bit about my party’s candidate. He wants to ban me. If he can’t get away with that, he at least wants to register me. He’s probably not a big fan of my Hispanic mom. He’s certainly not a fan of the fact that we speak Spanish in these United States of America. Oh yeah, and he wants to grab my…

I’d comment on his fiscal policies, but to be honest I’m not really sure he has any. Before law school, I worked as the Communications Director of a hotly contested Congressional (yes Republican) campaign, so I like to consider myself generally abreast of these sorts of things. But when you pick through the “I’m very, very rich,” it’s hard to find much policy left.

Heck, I’d even comment on his social policies. But given that the Liberal Media and Crooked Hillary apparently keep twisting everything the Donald says—even if he’s said it on tape, because how reliable can that be, am I right?—well, it’s even hard to put a finger on what those social policies might be.

So while it’s safe to say that we don’t really know what my party’s candidate actually believes, what I do know is this: there is no choice to be made here. This is not a case of the lesser of two evils. Do I love Hillary Clinton? No. Am I chiming into the endless siren song of #imwithher that has overtaken each and every one of your NYU Law friends’ Facebook feeds? Hardly.

But I value living in a country where I’m represented by someone who is smarter than me; not someone who just says they’re smarter than me. I value living in a country where the person I nominate for president is someone who is intensely qualified for the job, even if she doesn’t agree with everything I believe. I value living in a country where I will be represented by someone who will fight to ensure that the freedoms I enjoy today will still be here come November 9th; not someone who will endeavor, as a matter of great pride, to set the clock back 50 years.

So let me be the first to say: my party fucked up. Royally. We’ve made a mockery of this election; we’ve made a mockery of this country. We have paraded a racist, bigoted, womanizing Oompa Loompa in front of televisions and newspaper reporters worldwide and we have said, “Look world: this is who we are and this is what we have become.”

But this is not who I am. And this is not what we have to become. That’s why I’m proudly supporting Hillary Clinton this election. She’s got my woman’s vote. She’s got my Muslim vote. She’s got my Latina vote. And she’s got my Republican vote.

Op-Ed: Why We’re Getting the Vote Out for Hillary and You Should Too

Written by Hugh Baran and Heather Stoloff

We are now a week away from election day. This election will have a significantly larger impact on our lives than our school work for the next week will. As law students, the outcome of this election could shape our careers. It will certainly affect legislation, enforcement, and judicial appointment, including tipping the balance on the Supreme Court. It is imperative that students take action and get involved before it is too late. Acknowledging the importance of encouraging involvement, the Office of Student Affairs asked professors to excuse absences and record classes for students participating in Election-related activities. Studying for finals can happen into December but the fight to win this election has to happen now.

A team of NYU Law students are heading down to #GetOuttheVOTE in Charlotte, North Carolina from November 5th to November 8th. Due to generous donations, mostly from NYU faculty and friends, we now have funds in place to cover the airfare, housing, and on-the-ground transportation of at least 20 students who want to go to North Carolina. We are continuing to fundraise in hopes of covering more students. We encourage students to join us and help get out the vote for Hillary Clinton this weekend.

By all accounts, North Carolina is one of the most important states during this election. A win for Hillary in North Carolina would be a powerful rejection of the politics of the alt-right. Trump is aggressively targeting his voter suppression efforts in North Carolina, attempting to disenfranchise North Carolinians. It is going to take person-to-person contact to ensure he won’t succeed. We also have a very serious chance to elect the former leader of the North Carolina American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Deborah Ross, to the United State Senate and topple an awful GOP senator, in the race that could prove decisive in Senate control and, hence, determine the fate of the 9th seat on the Court. And we can help defeat Governor McCrory, who signed and is defending the heinous and hateful H.B. 2 “trans bathroom bill” — the most anti-LGBTQ law in the country, which repealed Charlotte’s anti-discrimination law and banned trans people from using public restrooms. Winning this race is critical to undoing this hateful law.

Please join us in North Carolina to get out the vote for Hillary Clinton in this historic election! If you are interested or have any questions, please email Hugh Baran, Heather Stoloff, Molly Griffard or Sara Maldonado.

Election 2016: Sanders Brings Record Crowds to Washington Square Park

Written by Naeem Crawford-Muhammad, Editor-in-Chief

Riding the momentum of a string of primary and caucus victories in his race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) addressed thousands of cheering supporters in New York City’s Washington Square Park on Wednesday night.

New York royalty Spike Lee, Tim Robbins, and Rosario Dawson warmed up the throngs of attendees on a crisp, spring night when temperatures dipped into the forties. Sanders’ campaign estimated that the event drew more than 27,000 supporters to the Greenwich Village park, besting then-candidate Barack Obama’s 2008 record of 24,000. The crowd was notably young and diverse, perhaps reflecting the character of New York University, which surrounds Washington Square Park on parts of all sides.

Bernie Sanders Rally - Mercer Street
The line to enter Washington Square Park stretched several blocks down West Third Street to Mercer Street.

While the crowd may have been more diverse than those that typically attend a Sanders rally, the message was vintage Bernie, with the candidate railing against student loan debt, lack of affordable housing, and the impact of big money on the financing of elections.

“The [American people] are looking at the status quo and saying it’s not working,” Sanders said. “It’s just not working for ordinary Americans.”

Sanders is hoping to close the gap with Democratic frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of Tuesday’s New York presidential primary. According to a Sienna College survey released Wednesday, Clinton leads Sanders by 10 points. The candidates will square off in a CNN-sponsored debate tonight in Brooklyn.

Election 2016: Bernie Sanders to Hold Rally in Washington Square Park

Written by Naeem Crawford-Muhammad, Editor-in-Chief

According to an official announcement from Bernie 2016, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, the Democratic senator from Vermont will hold a rally in Washington Square Park’s main plaza at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13.

New York University Executive Vice President for Health Robert Berne sent an email to the NYU community saying that “thousands” of members of the public may descend on the popular downtown park, which borders large portions of the NYU campus, including the Law School. According to Berne, who cites the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in his email, the park will be shut down on Tuesday at midnight in preparation for the Sanders rally on Wednesday. While nearby streets are expected to be closed to vehicles, pedestrian traffic should be unaffected, albeit slowed by crowds.

Sanders’ rally comes hot on the heels of his streak of winning seven of the last eight Democratic contests, including this past weekend’s in Wyoming. 247 delegates will be allocated proportionately between Sanders and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in next week’s New York Democratic presidential primary. Both candidates have strong connections to the state of New York. Sanders was born in Brooklyn and Clinton represented New York in the United States Senate for eight years from 2001 to 2009.

As of Monday night, a Facebook event sponsored by “New Yorkers for Bernie Sanders 2016” listed over sixteen thousand people as planning to attend Wednesday’s rally.

According to the  New York Times delegate tracker, which relies on figures tabulated the Associated Press, Clinton leads Sanders in the delegate count 1,305 to 1,086. Additionally, Clinton leads the race for superdelegates 469 to 31.