North Central College in the News

North Central College dean interviewed on WGN-TV

Aug 26, 2022

Stephen Maynard Caliendo discussed a variety of ‘news of the day’ topics on the station’s Political Report

In early August, Trump supporters and election deniers had been faring quite well in primaries and many people had question what this might look like come the fall. Trump himself had been making many last-minute pushes for state-wide elections. As a result, political scientists were left questions whether voters were truly locked into the issues and positions he talked about in rallies, or if this is what many call a cult of personality—people blindly accepting whatever Trump said.

Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, interviewed with Paul Lisnek host of WGN-TV’s Political Report, where he discussed these topics and more.

“It's very much more about the president personally than it is about particular issues, as is always the case,” said Caliendo. “In a primary race, for instance, there's not always much distance on the issues between the candidates, but with Trump, it's a whole different story. a lot of the rhetoric this election cycle in the primaries have been about denying the results of the 2020 election.”

Click here to watch the full interview on WGN-TV.