Tonka reacts to Trump win


Graphic by Hayden Weatherman

Asmaret Fissehaye , Writer

On Nov. 8, Americans went to the polls and elected Republican Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.

Americans cast enough votes for Trump to give him 279 electoral votes beating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by only 51 votes and keeping America from electing its first female President. Clinton congratulated her opponent and wished him success on his presidency.

For most of the students, the talk in the halls and classrooms revolved around what kind of world it will be with Trump as President for people from other religions or ethnicities. This eventually led to an impromptu prayer circle held in the front lobby to try to alleviate the fear.

Junior Ciara Arena felt sadness and fear about Trump’s victory.

“Honestly, it’s heartbreaking he has won,” Arena said. “I fear for the lives of many people and fear how we will live.”

Trump was not senior Xavier Ceja’s first choice.

“Even though I don’t want Donald Trump as our President,” Ceja said. “You have to respect that Trump is a marketing genius.”

Ceja wonders how Trump was elected with little experience.

“Being able to become the President of the US with no government experience and no college education in politics is crazy,” Ceja said.

Senior Kiara DeVine believes this was no surprise.

“I feel like deep down everyone knew this was going to happen,” DeVine said. “Although I’m not shocked, I am not happy about it either.”

DeVine fears for the minorities of America.

“I fear for other colored people, LGBTQ community, and people of other races,” DeVine said. “I fear for myself.”

Clinton won the popular vote with 59,648,347 to Trump’s 59,440,332. But Trump won the projected electoral college votes, giving him the final edge on the path to the White House.