When Donald Trump took the oath of office on a gray January morning in 2017, he laid out his vision for the United States under his leadership. “We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease,” he said. “A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.” Nearly four years later, the divide in how we view the consequences of his first term remains large. But the nation is undeniably changed. From family separation, to nation-wide protests and economic volatility, to a pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of Americans, Trump will leave behind a legacy—whether he’s reelected or not. We are telling the stories of seven individuals living with the consequences of Trump’s first term. You can read the rest of the stories here.
In the summer of 2017, Natalie Romero had just finished her first year at the University of Virginia. She was a first-generation, former ROTC student on scholarships, adjusting to the culture shock of moving from Houston to Charlottesville. On Friday, August 11, white supremacists bearing tiki torches swarmed the university’s rotunda, chanting racist slogans and getting into fights with anti-racist protesters. Natalie and a group of other student organizers showed up to oppose them that night, and they made plans to gather again the next day. She was taking part in a march on August 12 when a neo-Nazi drove his car through the crowd, injuring 19 people and murdering a woman named Heather Heyer. Images of Natalie, bloodied and badly hurt by the attack, circulated widely on the internet.