Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at International Affairs at University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). This statewide teaching award recognizes 12 outstanding college and university professors from across the Commonwealth each year.
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Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that President Trump was desperate for a political win seeing his legislative agenda stymied in Congress and the courts. With Senate rejection of the “repeal and replace” plan for Obamacare and the stalling of other legislative priorities, Farnsworth said the administration started out with a tough line in the renegotiation of NAFTA to demonstrate its toughness. Farnsworth predicted that US-Mexico aspects of the trade agreement will be the focus of attention from Washington, rather than US-Canada matters.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that it is rare for a Republican President to face such wide-spread opposition from the business community as Trump faced in the wake of his comments on the violence in Virginia. But the decision by the heads of some of America’s biggest business makes financial sense. “They are not in the business of protecting Trump, they are in the business of protecting their companies,” Farnsworth said.
“Individuals are responsible for their own actions,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. “President Trump did not tell anybody to get into his or her car and try to use it as a lethal weapon. [Also], Trump didn’t create today’s racial tensions, but he has made a bad racial situation in America worse.”
And Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says the next round of redistricting is likely to harm Republicans.
“The lines in Virginia that are going to have to be redrawn after the 2020 Census are going to be very favorable to the Democrats. The areas that are most Republican, Southside and Southwest Virginia, are having the slowest gains and in some cases even population declines.”