Sending shockwaves across America, Donald Trump won the presidential election on Tuesday, November 8.
In nail-biting suspense, the two presidential candidates were head-to-head in a close race. Within the last two hours, Trump took the lead winning 287 of the electoral votes, but losing the popular vote. America has not seen a race so close since Al Gore and George Bush in the 2000 election and the results are stunning to people across the nation, even FM students who have chosen their own positions within the political spectrum.
“I’m a republican and I agree with Trump on most economic standpoints, but before a republican, I am a human and I couldn’t live with myself if I had a say in Donald Trump leading our country,” said Trevor Sweet, a freshman at FM. Sweet also added, “I honestly believe Hillary would have done well as president. I voted for her because of her, not because I think she is the lesser of two evils.”
Trump even faced opposition from some of his fellow republican politicians. Days before the election, Governor of Ohio, John Kasich stated, “It is very unlikely I vote for Donald Trump.” Kasich later revealed that he did a write-in, voting for John McCain.
Conversely, some students believe the system of checks and balances will make it difficult for Trump to take America in the wrong direction. FM student Jacob Cerasuolo said, “The president is more of a spokesperson than anything. Congress does a majority of the work.”
However, despite the unexpected results of the race and the victory of the unpopular candidate, Secretary Clinton remained calm and professional. Mid-election Clinton tweeted, “This team has so much to be proud of. Whatever happens tonight, thank you for everything.”
Several hours later, as Trump neared 270 electoral votes, Chairman of Clinton’s presidential campaign John Podesta announced that Clinton would not give a speech that night.
“We are so proud of you and so proud of her. She has always been with you… you’re in all of our hearts,” said Podesta.
Within the same hour, Trump overcame the 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
The former Celebrity Apprentice host entered the stage to deliver his victory speech around 3 a.m. Trump announced that he had just received a phone call from Secretary Clinton congratulating him on his victory.
In his speech Trump told the American people, “Ours was not a campaign, but an incredible and great movement… It is time for us to come together as one united people.”
Trump also congratulated Clinton for her hard work and dedication stating, “Hillary has worked very hard for a long period of time.”
Trump will be the 45th President of the United States, taking office on January 20.