At least one president of the United States of America has read The Arka Tech, the official student newspaper of the Arkansas Tech University campus for over 90 years.
Sarah Jo Reynolds, a graduate of Tech working for the Republican Party of Arkansas, presented Trump with an edition of The Arka Tech shortly after he announced his run for the presidency in 2015.
The paper was from 2011, when Reynolds was a student at Tech. In the edition was an article she had penned titled “Barack, you’re fired! Trumping Obama in 2012.” In it, she detailed why she thought Trump should run against Obama in 2012.
“In the article, I was tasked to write in favor of Trump if he were to one day run for President. I was the only Republican writer at the time. I was a lifelong fan of his, so I didn’t have any hesitation writing that I wished he would run against Obama in 2012,” Reynolds wrote in an email a current staffer of The Arka Tech.
Although Trump did not run in 2012, Reynolds presented him with the article after he announced his candidacy in 2015, hoping to get it signed. Trump “eagerly” read the article and complimented Reynolds’ writing before signing it, Reynolds recalled.
The strongly-worded opinion article expressed Reynolds belief that Trump was the best candidate for President.
“This country needs someone who is successful to run it. Someone who is going to kick America in the butt and get it back in gear. There is only one person I can think of to get the job done: Donald Trump,” Reynolds wrote in her article.
His personality, which was met with some strong criticism during the campaign, was something that Reynolds was sure would make him a strong leader.
“With Trump as President the United States will no longer be perceived as a weak and second-hand economic power,” Reynolds wrote in the article. “With his strong leadership skills and dynamic personality I, as many others do, believe Donald Trump will restore the basic principles and values America was founded on.”
Reynolds traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
“It feels incredible to have supported someone for so long and believe in someone for so long, and watch it all come to fruition. I was at his inauguration and I was so proud to witness his swearing in,” she said.
Reynolds has worked in various political roles since her graduation from Tech in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and now serves as the Executive Director of the Republican Party of Arkansas.
During her time on campus, Reynolds was chairman of the College Republicans chapter and a member and officer of the Phi Mu fraternity.
After finishing her bachelor’s degree, Reynolds went on to earn a Master’s degree in college student personnel, also from Tech. She now serves on the Alumni Board for the University.