What they say
“Me and my mom voted for Hillary Clinton. We don’t like Donald Trump. He’s a hateful racist, he doesn’t like women or minorities, and I’m a woman and a minority. He has no respect for anyone; he’s disrespectful of fat people; he rates women by their looks; and he’s obnoxious. He’s a liar and we just don’t like him. Hillary Clinton is the opposite of that.” “I voted for Jill Stein because I believe we need a third-party option. Even though it might not be in the cards this time, I don’t believe any reductive politics and I don’t believe in voting lesser of the two evils. I feel that the choices we’ve had as American citizens this time have been reduced as such, to make a lot of people feel disenfranchised in a certain way. I don’t believe in practicality politics.” I’m a Trump supporter and I love China. I voted for Trump because I feel that Trump is the one that is gonna do the most to help the American people and just bring everything together after everything that’s been happening. Angel Mercedes
After the election, I think it is important for the newly elected president to work with both parties to force compromises and pass legislation to keep the economy moving, protect Social Security and (provide) affordable healthcare, protect the country against both terrorists and cyber hacking, protect the environment and ensure equal protection for all groups against discrimination.
Trump also proposed that everyone regardless of their race and color should receive the same opportunity for education, and he will make repayment of student loans more affordable. That’s great news for Asian parents. For so long, our children have to present better qualifications than other racial groups to get into the best schools. I have two grandsons. I’m supporting Trump to fight for their education.” Qiu Xianqin, president of Florida Chinese Peace Unification Association Trump’s most loyal voter base is the white blue collar workers, for example, factory workers in rusty belt states like Ohio, West Pennsylvania, Michigan, and etc. Trump made a lot of promises to please this base, from trade, immigration policy to his foreign policy. Once he becomes the President, he will not be able to fulfill all these huge promises he made, however, those issues will be his highest priority instead of special interests in Washington politics. He will make a great impact on the existing political system as an outside. Trump is not a predictable politician, neither are his policies. One thing certain is that he will shock the status quo that is never seen before, for good or bad. Cliff Li, Florida advisor of the Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee for the Trump campaign
Whoever gets elected in the end, I don’t think the country’s policies will be changed fundamentally because the president’s power is checked by the other branches. Currently, the public hold extreme opinions toward the presidential candidates, but I think the national policies will not lead to extremist routes after the election. Though many people may feel frustrated by the election, I believe the US democracy is very healthy, and the political
system will not be swayed.
Don Sun, president of the Silicon Valley chapter of Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs and an election officer in Cupertino, California.
“I voted for Hillary Clinton. I think that she has more experience as opposed to Donald Trump. He is maybe a good businessman, but as far as politics, he is not there,” Cunningham said. “I cannot vote for a president who makes fun of handicapped people, who has a large appetite for degrading women.” “If you want to be for the people, do the things that help people, not so much of just talking about it, but be about it. My understanding is that, let your character define the kind of work that you do, and let the work that you do define your character. And I think she has more character than he has.”
“I voted for Trump. I am concerned about security along our borders and that’s the main reason I support him,” Valerie Kraugen, Fords, New Jersey.
I support Hillary. It was a tough decision, but I think that’s the right choice based on her experience. My expectation of her is to address things we need to address and keep improving our country. I am excited for today’s result, to have a woman president. It is a big turning point for the country.
Cecil Fong, president, Houston chapter of Organization of Chinese Americans
Miguelina Perez, 50, New York City resident for 25 years
William Cunningham, 59, Washington, medical assistant
Ammar Belal, professor of design at Parsons School of Design
William Gastro, Kirkland, Washington
Shirley Jackson, 61, Washington, retired