By Krista DeJulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief
The nation woke up on November 9 to the news that Donald J. Trump was elected 45th President of the United States of America. After a strenuous year and a half of campaigning, Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who has more than 30 years of experience in politics. Her experience includes being the former First Lady, a U.S. Senator, and the Secretary of State.
The news of Trump winning the Presidential election came as a shock to most Americans, after media outlets and surveys predicted a Clinton win. Clinton won the popular vote, meaning she had more votes than Trump nationally, but Trump won the Electoral College, which ultimately decides the winner of the election.
According to the Los Angeles Times, this is the fourth time in American history that the presidential-elect has lost the popular vote. This last happened in 2000 when Al Gore won the popular vote over George W. Bush, who would then become president for eight years. The Electoral College is viewed as an outdated, controversial, and undemocratic way to determine a president and petitions have started in an attempt to get rid of the College. In November of 2012, Trump tweeted, “The electoral college [sic] is a disaster for democracy.”
In addition to beating out Clinton, Trump bested reputable Republicans such as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Carly Fiorina. In July, Trump announced his running mate, Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana, who is known for his radical conservative views, including being anti-choice on abortion (Ind. has one of the strictest abortion laws in the country), climate change being a myth, stricter immigration plans, and his opposition to same-sex marriage. In 2015, Pence signed a bill stating business owners could deny service to same-sex or LGBTQ citizens, but the bill was seen as discriminatory. Pence instead signed another bill stating a business cannot discriminate against LGBTQ citizens.
On November 10, the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion held a community-wide discussion based on the results of the election. The discussion brought conversation from both sides, from those who opposed Trump and from those who supported his campaign.
“Donald Trump is what my frustration is. He calls out individuals and calls out groups that may not necessarily be able to defend themselves. He says he is representing the American people, but it’s a certain group of American people he represents. When he says he’s the president for the All-American people, I can’t get behind that when he marginalized so many different groups,” said senior Nick Lucido, a Democrat.
In an email, President Michael Alexander wrote, “My heart aches for those among us who have been hurt or felt devalued by the hateful invective that became common language in the course of the campaign […] In a time when our nation is clearly divided, I pray that we seek to unify the Lasell community around our core values of integrity, honesty, respect, and kindness.”
“How Clinton and Trump became the two presidential candidates bewilders me,” said senior James Payne. “Both have their own faults. Regardless, the results are in and Trump is the president-elect of the United States. As Americans we must give him a chance and stand by him. Keep America great or make America great again.”
Trump’s campaign has not been taken well by the majority of LGBTQ community, Muslim, Latino, African-American citizens, or sexual assault survivors. However, in a recent “60 Minutes” interview, Trump said he is fine with the law passed in 2015 allowing same-sex marriage.
On October 13, after it was projected that more women would vote for Clinton than Trump, a hashtag #repealthe19th (a women’s right to vote) trended on Twitter.
However 53 percent of white women voted for Trump instead of Clinton, according to CNN.com. According to USA Today, more than 200 hate crimes have been reported across the country since Trump has been elected.
More than 160 Republican politicians did not support or vote for Trump, according to the New York Times but Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker said he voted for neither candidate, according to politico.com.
According to Complex, “In his first 100 days in office, Trump has pledged to build his famous border wall, renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA, appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton, repeal parts of Obamacare, and initiate mass deportations of undocumented citizens, among other things.”
As some of Trump’s statements and potential actions have some worried, peaceful protests have sprung up in major cities across the country, including Boston with signs and chants like “Love Trumps Hate.”