US ELECTIONS: Trump’s Triumph

By now, all of you know about Donald Trump winning the U.S. Presidential elections. While some, including many people from around the world, may be rejoicing with shouts of “Hallelujah!”, others are not very impressed with the election results.

Many people in the U.S. were expecting a win from Hillary Clinton, the other presidential candidate. Many wished for a female president to take charge, but the results proved to be the opposite.
On the day of the elections, people around KIS were waiting with bated breath, and when Trump emerged victorious there were a number of different reactions. A fellow student had this to say:

“I am scared and worried about what will happen to all of us – not just our fellow Americans, but EVERY. ONE. OF. US. I woke up this morning, and it felt like the end of the world is just right around the corner. IT’S CLOSER THAN WE THINK.” a G10 student

Another student viewed the election results very differently:

“Before he won, I didn’t really like him, but after his victory, I have considered it and now think that he actually might do some good to the country.” – A G8 student

So here’s what really went down during the elections:

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two presidential candidates, were chosen to represent the Republican and Democrat parties respectively. The key states that had the power to swing the vote were Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia, and all of them, excluding Virginia, voted for Trump, which paved the way towards his confirmed victory. Many people expressed their shock at this outcome (what were you thinking, America?), but quite a lot of them had expressed their support. Demographics showed that a large percentage of white men voted for Trump, whereas as women and ethnic minorities called for Hillary Clinton. Here is a visual representation of the results:

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On the day of the elections the thought, “Tonight’s results will end with a celebration and champagne, or with a glass of Clorox”  was going through people’s minds.

As a result of the vote, on Tuesday there has been a backlash from the people, with continuous protests for 3 days in Portland, Oregon. It was a full-scale riot with about 4,000 people, and it concluded with the burning of the U.S. flag and armed officers using rubber bullets and flash grenades to stop the angry crowds. 26 were arrested. Other protests have been held in New York City, Los Angles and Chicago, as thousands of demonstrators took the streets chanting, “not my president” and “love Trump’s hate”.

After his victory, Trump met with Obama to discuss the handing over of power, and two days ago, was en-route to the White House.

Let us all hope for the best for the people in the U.S. and the rest of the world, and do not forget that 2020 will be owned by Michelle Obama.


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