The Republican Party's divide has been increasing in the wake of the inauguration of Joe Biden and the impeachment of Donald Trump. However, Ben Smith, the President of the LSU College Republicans, has a different take.
"I think [that] the fissures in the Republican Party are both not as deep and not as simple as I think it's being portrayed," Smith says.
Smith is optimistic about the future of his party, especially in Louisiana.
"President Trump got almost 70% of the popular vote here in Louisiana. Senator Cassidy had similar numbers. I actually think Senator Cassidy in his reelection received more votes than either Kennedy or himself received in their first elections."
Senator Cassidy recently made headlines for voting against party lines to convict Trump for inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6. Cassidy was censured by the Louisiana Republican Party for his choice.
Smith described the impeachment trial as a distraction, and despite any ideological differences, Republicans are united against President Biden's supposed "radical agenda," as Smith called it.
"President Biden promised that he would have those schools reopened within his first 100 days and he's completely backtracked on that," said Smith. "He's deserted that promise and is sort-of siding with the teachers' unions."
As the Republican Party continues to evolve, Smith could not be more enthusiastic.
"Personally, I mean, I'm excited. I'm excited about the future of the party, 'cause I think the future of the party is bright and there's a lot to be hopeful for," he said.
On the other hand, James Simpson of the LSU College Democrats believes there is more behind the scenes of the Republican Party's infighting.
"I think it's pretty obvious that the far-right 'Trumpian' Republicans are pretty much the future of the Republican Party," Simpson states. "Now whether or not the split is big enough to be considered a schism, I'm not sure--because there aren't really enough party Republicans or Bush Republicans."
No matter what side of the political spectrum one falls on, it is clear to see that the American GOP is not going anywhere.