When I heard Trump won...

Steven­son Uni­ver­sity stu­dents were asked to share their re­ac­tions to the elec­tion’s out­come

Baltimore Sun - - COMMENTARY - By Alexan­der O. Boul­ton Alexan­der O. Boul­ton is a pro­fes­sor of his­tory at Steven­son Uni­ver­sity; his email is aboul­ton@steven­son.edu.

Stu­dents in my his­tory class at Steven­son Uni­ver­sity were asked to fin­ish this sen­tence: “When I heard that Don­ald Trump was elected pres­i­dent...” Here’s what they said: “Amer­ica will live on.” “I was re­lieved that Clin­ton lost. I don’t like Trump and I didn’t vote for him, but I be­lieve he is more fit to run and will make a bet­ter pres­i­dent than Clin­ton.”

“I was hor­ri­fied and con­fused. I was shocked to see so many peo­ple ac­tu­ally vot­ing for a man who­has no back­ground to han­dle be­ing pres­i­dent of the United States.”

“I was ex­cited that our coun­try was fi­nally go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence real change.”

“I cried, and then I thought it was best to just get over it and try to have some hope for my coun­try’s fu­ture.”

“I thought to my­self ‘th­ese next four years are go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing.’ ”

“I was a lit­tle hes­i­tant; but I still have hope that no mat­ter who is pres­i­dent, things will work out pos­i­tively for our coun­try.”

“Happy my party/can­di­date won. Op­ti­mistic of what would hap­pen in the fu­ture.”

“I packed my bags to move to Canada, but the Cana­dian web­site crashed.”

“I first pan­icked. Then I re­al­ized that re­gard­less of who was elected, I was still go­ing to wake up and do the same thing, so there was not much point to com­plain­ing and sulk­ing over it.”

“I cried and started to mourn democ­racy.”

“I laughed. I thought about how I never thought Amer­i­cans would ac­tu­ally be stupid enough to vote for him. They proved me wrong.”

“I was so shocked and in de­nial that it al­most felt like I was griev­ing the death of a fam­ily mem­ber.”

“I had a panic at­tack and be­came scared for the fu­ture of the world.”

“I wor­ried about the im­pact of hav­ing an im­pul­sive leader as a role model not only for chil­dren, but also adults that see the pres­i­dent as some­one whose be­hav­iors they should also ex­hibit.”

“I woke up at 2:50 a.m. rub­bing my eyes in dis­be­lief that the can­di­date that I voted for won. I cried tears of joy at the thought of a Repub­li­can pres­i­dent, bring­ing change to the White House, Con­gress and Supreme Court. I’m just as ex­cited for Don­ald Trump to­day as I was a week and a half ago, de­spite all of the prob­lems.” “I was sat­is­fied.” “I danced around the room full of New York news­pa­pers an­nounce Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial win the day after the elec­tion. hap­pi­ness.”

“I knew that the coun­try would be di­vided by con­tro­versy.”

“I was dis­traught, dis­ap­pointed and up­set. It shows how racism is still upon us. Yet I was not sur­prised, just a shock­ing re­minder.”

“I was sur­prised be­cause in Aus­tralia we joked about him all the time, so I was re­ally shocked to see that it ac­tu­ally hap­pened. My friends back home mes­saged me a lot say­ing ‘what the hell?’ My Mom mes­saged me say­ing she re­ally wants me to come home be­cause she is wor­ried about Amer­ica.”

“I was dis­ap­pointed in hu­man­ity be­cause I thought as a na­tion, we knew bet­ter.”

“I was dis­ap­pointed. I wanted Hil­lary to win.” “I cried in the shower for 40 min­utes.” “I thought Amer­ica still has a chance to be great again.”

“I im­me­di­ately be­gan to worry about my fu­ture and the other lives that will be neg­a­tively im­pacted as a re­sult of his elec­tion. Amer­ica’s fu­ture is in grave peril with this man.”

“I was in shock. I’d been watch­ing the New York Times live map the whole night, so I knew log­i­cally that it was com­ing. But hon­estly, noth­ing could have pre­pared me for it ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing.”

“Was con­cerned about how ev­ery­one would re­act. Hon­estly, I ex­pected a more se­vere se­ries of protests than we have ex­pe­ri­enced.”

“I was sur­prised, ev­ery poll had him down on Hil­lary Clin­ton, but the Amer­i­can peo­ple made their voices heard, and I am pretty op­ti­mistic and in­ter­ested in the fu­ture of this great na­tion.” “I took a breath.” “I was ex­cited that ca­reer pol­i­tics and cor­rup­tion had been beat by an out­sider (Don­ald Trump). It’s now time for us to come to­gether as Amer­i­cans to make our coun­try bet­ter than it is al­ready.”

“I thought it said more about Clin­ton than Trump. Peo­ple dis­liked her so much that they were all right with Trump pos­si­bly be­ing pres­i­dent [be­cause] they stayed home, did not vote, etc.”

“I was dis­gusted, an­gry and scared, but not sur­prised at all.”

“I won­dered what changes would oc­cur and how peo­ple would re­spond. I didn’t like ei­ther can­di­date, so ei­ther way things would be in­ter­est­ing.” “I knew our coun­try was a joke.” “I was in com­plete shock. I be­gan to feel an­gered that the Amer­i­can peo­ple voted for a racist, sex­ist id­iot. I also felt scared for my fu­ture as a fe­male and fem­i­nist who has a very di­verse group of friends. I felt sad for the kids who look up to our pres­i­dent, and felt con­cerned to think they would look up to him. I felt un­safe in Amer­ica and de­bated mov­ing to Canada.”

“I thought to my­self ‘does he re­al­ize the po­si­tion that he has just ob­tained and does he un­der­stand how much time and re­spon­si­bil­ity it takes to run the United States?’ Also I felt as though he signed his own death cer­tifi­cate be­cause a lot of peo­ple will try to ruin/take his life.”

“I was scared.”

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