Reactions to Presidential Election Rum Gamut
Excitement, despair, optimism and outrage are only a few of the emotions used to describe how Americans felt after the presidential election last week. This election has been one of the nastiest and most controversial in American history with both candidates having extraordinarily high unfavorable ratings. Donald J. Trump defeated Hillary R. Clinton with 306 electoral votes compared to 232 electoral votes to win the election and become the president-elect. At the same time, with votes for third party candidates added in, 54% of voters cast their ballots for candidates other than Trump, with Clinton receiving 2.3 million more votes than Trump.
In the precinct where Pace is located, voters went 58% for Trump and 41% for Clinton, according to an interactive map published by The Atlanta Journal-Constition. The deciding factor was ultimately Trump’s victory in battleground states: Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
In the final days of the election, celebrities such as Katy Perry, Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga joined Clinton to provide support and help her attract large crowds. Nonetheless, Trump attracted large crowds with only himself and a large American flag as backdrop, a possible indicator of the election results to follow. On Monday, Nov. 7, Fox and CBS news had Clinton up four points in their polls but by early Wednesday morning, Donald Trump was declared the country’s 45th president-elect.
As expected, reactions to the election have been all over the place. The DOW Jones approached an all time high and the S&P 500 rose 1.1%. Several countries have showed signs favoring the election of Trump. Both Russia and Syria have publicly announced wanting to create peace with the U.S. “I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights” said Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.
In opposition, protests across the nation have erupted with chants of “Dump Trump” and “Not My President.” These have continued over the last week in cities including Los Angeles, Portland, New York City, Miami and Atlanta. Some of the protests, particularly in Portland and Los Angeles, turned violent, with street fires, destruction of property and vehicles, and the burning of American flags. Some question whether or not these citizens will ultimately support the president-elect. College professors at prestigious universities such as the University of Michigan, Columbia University and Stanford University postponed exams and due dates because of the “national tragedy” that occurred.
Reactions in the Pace community are across the spectrum as well. “I am very happy with the result of the election and I know that Donald Trump will get America back on the right track,” said junior Delvalo Baitey. “I am very intrigued for what Trump will have in store for our country and if he will follow through with his proposed policies,” said senior John Propst. “Trump’s rhetoric about illegal immigrants and women and neglect of climate change were a few of the factors that caused me to support Clinton but I want to still try to be optimistic about a Trump presidency,” said junior Kate Snyder. “I hope he surpasses the low expectations many people have for him.”
Some are skeptical if Trump can actually build “The Wall” across the southern border and be successful with his plan for extreme vetting of immigrants from Middle East countries among other things. “I’d rather have a liberal in the White House but I hate that Clinton was able to collude with the DNC in the primaries,” said junior Graeme Davidson. “I think the party got what it deserved.” Democratic voters did not vote come out in the same numbers as they did for President Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections.