Students, staff react to presidential election results

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Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore via Flickr (CC).

Story by Heather Gonzales

A gloom passed throughout the school as students and teachers discussed the outcome of the election the day after Donald Trump won the nomination for President of the United States.

“I saw one of my old teachers tear up right in front of me because she was so concerned for all her minority and LGBT students,” senior Lenin Herrera said.

Many students like Herrera were surprised by the fact that Americans could pick a man that had suddenly switched from business to politics.

Much of the despair and controversy is focused on the fact that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by as much as 1.7 million votes (as of Nov. 22). Trump, however, garnered more votes in the electoral college, which ultimately decides the victor of presidential races.

A change.org petition, with 4.5 million signatures, proposes that the electoral college should sanction their vote for Clinton on Dec. 19. The petition argues that Trump is “unfit to serve,” “a danger to the republic” and the fact that “[Clinton] WON THE POPULAR VOTE” according to the website.

However, according to USA Today, the outcome is not likely to change.

Forty-eight of the states, excluding Maine and Nebraska, run on the winner-takes-all system: the candidate that receives the majority of the votes in the states automatically receive all electoral votes.

“Faithless Electors,” according to the National Archives and Records Administration notes, are subjected to pay a fine- which change.org petitoners would “be glad to pay!”- or may be suspended for their “invalid” vote and thusly replaced by a substitute elector.

Many people have also taken to the streets to protest. However, some of these protests have turned into “violent riots” according to Portland police in a CNN article. For example, people have smashed car and business windows, vandalized public and private property and have exerted violence such as throwing objects at police.

Hamilton, the play, also rewrote their script following the final curtain as they directly addressed Mike Pence, Trump’s vice president: “We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us,” according to the New York Times.

Later, Trump replied on his Twitter account saying “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!,” and later tweeting that the cast needs to apologize.

As contrast before the election people often ridiculed each candidate about their personality and their past; some being Clinton’s email scandal versus Trump’s racist, homophobic and degradation of women comments.

“[Although Clinton] seems more fit to be a president by the way she acts and presents herself, I feel like she would be more fit. [However] I just don’t like the things that she’s hidden,” senior Isabelle Richards said. “But Trump has also done really bad things too, but if i had to choose it would be Trump which is really sad.”

According to history teacher Farrell Vaughn, Clinton has been a part of the political machine for a long time and who has connection within Wall Street, while Trump on the other hand leans more toward an Independent’s way of thinking rather than a Republican’s.

“It’s interesting that the establishment candidates like Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz and others didn’t get the support that they thought they would. Jeb Bush was polled around 1 to 2%,” Vaughn said. “So I think that a lot of Republicans feel betrayed by their party right now, that the party is not recognizing their concerns and dealing with [them] as much.”

However, what is done is done. As of now Trump is creating his cabinet and “making America great again.”

“Ultimately we are the ones who hold the power over our representatives, and even though [Trump] created an atmosphere of fear in our country, we as the American people will be able to overcome possible challenges that may come our way,” said senior Kayla Quintana.

Whether our country will lose its appeal that it’s once had and or turn into a Hitler-like government run system, according to many Facebook posts, only time will tell what will happen next.

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