Republican nominee and businessman, Donald Trump defeated Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a stunning result. Trump won in traditionally democratic strongholds Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, while also winning the critical swing states of Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina.
Despite winning over 300 electoral votes, Trump lost the popular vote to Clinton by a few hundred of thousand votes. This caused a nationwide debate to ensue over the popular vote and if it should replace the electoral vote.
Regardless of the debate, Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. When asking students about their opinions, they weighed in with a variety of different opinions.
Raina Williams, a freshman who was casting her first vote, was discouraged by the options and wants to see changes in the future: “I do not agree with the two party system because it limits the number of possible legitimate candidates.”
Kenzie Evans, also a freshman, said that “I didn’t vote for Trump because I didn’t know his policies. They aren’t anywhere. All I know is he wants to build a wall. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.”
Trisha Christensen, a sophomore, said that while she didn’t vote in this election, “Trump’s our new president and there’s nothing we can do about it, so we should come together as a nation and support him.”
Trump’s transition has started, with Vice President-elect Mike Pence leading the process to select members of the upcoming administration’s cabinet. Leading contenders for cabinet positions include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. All three were early endorsers of Trump, and news reports suggest that Sessions and Giuliani will “have their pick” of cabinet positions.