Election shock hits home for Jenkins, Matthews
For Malcolm Jenkins and some of his Eagles teammates, the result was a lot like an epic upset where no one gave the underdog a chance. The pollsters were totally wrong on this ... and they got paid anyway.
PHILADELPHIA » Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins voted for Hillary Clinton.
So did a lot of disbelieving folks trying to accept that Donald Trump is the President-elect.
For Jenkins and some of his Eagles teammates, the result was a lot like an epic upset where no one gave the underdog a chance. The pollsters were totally wrong on this ... and they got paid anyway.
“I think a lot of people were obviously shocked,” Jenkins said. “But that’s pretty much it. Everybody is just kind of waiting to see what will happen. Obviously I think a lot of people thought it would turn out a different way. But this is America.”
Clinton backers had to be content with winning the popular vote, which is a notch above meaningless in our system where the presidential election is decided by electoral votes — which Trump won, 279228.
“I think there’s a lot of concern,” Jenkins said. “You just look at all the things Trump has done over his entire campaign in this whole process. To now see him on the throne, in the seat, is nerve-wracking for me.”
Jordan Matthews, like a host of people who didn’t stay up late waiting for a winner, woke up saying, “Really? No way!”
It was quite an eyeopening experience for the 24-year-old wide receiver out of Vanderbilt.
“Then I got to work and a couple guys maybe talked about it,” Matthews said. “I was extremely shocked. I think even if you looked at the last couple speeches. Trump’s kind of narrative was a lot of nostalgia, talking about things he accomplished leading up to it. But it was still, ‘if I don’t win, it’s rigged.’ So he was already coming up with a (contingency) plan.
“But it’s not rigged now I guess. That’s kind of funny to me.”
The Eagles (4-4) need a win right now, not a debate over immigration, foreign policy and the economy. They’d better get over the election in a hurry because the Atlanta Falcons (6-3), who roll into Lincoln Financial Field Sunday, have the firepower to embarrass teams. The Eagles don’t want to wake up Monday feeling like Hillary Clinton.
“I think being a minority, I think the majority kind of stood out,” Jenkins said. “I know from a popular vote Hillary won. I think there was a record set for the amount of people that came out and voted. Obviously I voted the other way but it’s still one of those times where that’s what America is all about. You get a chance to put your opinion out there with your vote. And you know, America spoke.”