Election shocks

In an upset to trump all upsets, Donald Trump is the President-elect of the United States.

Going into the Nov. 8 election, Hillary Clinton had more than a 70 percent chance of winning, according to fivethirtyeight.com, a polling website. However, as the world now knows, statistics and polls are not always accurate.

Reactions to the outcome are mixed. On a rating scale from 1 (very displeased with the results) to 5 (very pleased), the answers ranged from zero to one hundred, with a median of 0.5. However, at Lincoln, the feelings seem to be nearly unanimous.

Portland tends to be a liberal city and Oregon, though not all of the state agrees, consistently leans toward the Democratic candidates.. The opinions of many Lincoln students are no different.

Senior Emma Nash thinks Clinton would have been a good president and is sad she won’t get a chance to show us. She believes Trump will push “all equal rights movements back and… be bad for foreign relations.” Many Lincoln students agree.

Senior Maia Abbruzzese is “absolutely heartbroken and devastated” by the result.

While she believes that Trump does not have the power to execute many of his ideas, but she expresses concern over the “89 percent increase in hate crimes against Muslims and an epidemic of racially based bullying in schools” she says have been correlated to his campaign. She believes this number could continue to rise during a Trump presidency.

However, not everyone is displeased with the result. One senior who wishes to remain anonymous says, “I am tired of politicians who are getting nothing done, making empty promises, and doing nothing for our country. Donald Trump loves America and is going to put us first which is what we need.”

This student identifies as a Republican and a Trump supporter.

The anonymous student cites anti-Trump and Trump supporter comments on Facebook as the reason for staying anonymous. This student also thinks this is the reason that Trump won as “there were so many silent voters.”

Moving forward, the student cautions, “if you don’t want this to happen again, try listening to people that don’t have the same point of view as you.”

“If you don’t want this to happen again, try listening to people that don’t have the same point of view as you.”

It’s “a wake up call,” says Abbruzzese. Varying beliefs, however, will do nothing to change the result of the election. Barring an unprecedented vote by the Electoral College, we know who our 45th president will be. And as for the next four years, senior Ben MacMillan simply says, “we’ll have to see what happens.”