Sarah Kate Purnell
On Wednesday, November 9, just before 3 a.m., Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th President of The United States of America.
After a long campaign season against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, and third-party challengers, Trump has officially come out on top with 279 electoral votes.
Thoughts about the results of the election ran high among supporters of each candidate.
Tessa Gordon of Boston, who went down to Florida for two months to campaign for Clinton reported to CBS New York that the uncertainty of a Trump Presidency is unnerving.
“This country, I fear for it and I’m seriously considering going back to my home which is South Africa.” Gordon reported to CBS, ”The irony of that, because I saw many Donald Trumps while I was growing up and they are not a pretty sight.”
NAACP President Cornell William Brooks also reported on the astonishing win for Trump to CBS New York.
“This was the first presidential election in more than 50 years where voters did not have the full protection of the Voting Rights Act,” Brooks said. “We confronted all manners of ugly, unconstitutional voter suppression, including voter purging, long lines and intimidation and misinformation.”
On the other end, many Trump supports cheered and celebrated in Trump’s victory outside of the Trump Tower in New York, despite the protesters standing outside.
“Being president is humbling because you’ve got the task of unifying a very divided country, you’ve got the task of tackling so many of our problems domestically and internationally it’s a big load that he’s inheriting,” Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CBS2.
Greensboro leaders also weighed in on the election results, emphasizing unity and civility.
“I think the Presidential election results reflect the deep division we have in our country and state. “ Mayor Nancy Vaughan stated, ”There is a distinct urban/rural divide. We must find a way to work together for the good of our Country or we are headed down a path of failure and further polarization. We must raise public discourse, increase civility and embrace the diversity that has made the United States a beacon of hope in the world. “
“I am very pleased that all four Bonds passed by large margins. “ Mayor Vaughan continued, “The voters understood the positive impact these investments will have on enhancing the quality of life for Greensboro residents. “
Jamal Fox of the Greensboro City Council representing District Two, also commented on the presidential election, explaining that America and North Carolinians not only decided the direction of our state, but also our nation.
Fox commended his victorious fellow elected officials for their hard work in the difficult races leading up to the election, but also stated that the elections did come down to the direction he presumed we were heading.
“It is what it is.” Councilman Fox stated, ”This is where we are. Now, we have to come together, when in ever as a community (sic), to continue to fight and push for what the ideals and principles that we believe in. Also, to continue to come together to make North Carolina and the nation much better than what it is.”
“We came a long way, but now we have so much more to do.” Councilman Fox continued, “And, you know, democracy hurts sometimes because sometimes it doesn’t go your way. But that doesn’t mean that you quite believing and you give up faith. And in times like this, that’s when we stay stronger and we stay stronger together.”
UNC Greensboro Chancellor Franklin Gilliam issued a statement on the Thursday following the election, urging unity and peaceful dialogue.
“Our campus remains committed to maintaining a climate where the free expression of ideas coexists with the principles of respect, dignity and inclusion,” Gilliam stated. “The beauty of the university experience is that it provides an environment where people can discover, explore, analyze, debate and even advance the many different perspectives about our world.”
“In short, be gracious, thoughtful and smart,” Gilliam said in conclusion. “Be Spartans.”