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Tension still running high

Kendahl MacLaren, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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While the Presidential election concluded 10 days ago, tension is still running high.

And first-time voters are caught in the middle.

“I’m happy that (Donald) Trump won,” said senior Tyler LaPorte, who is one of those first-time voters. “I voted for Trump because I don’t like Hillary. She is a liar and a crook, and his values are closer to mine.”

Others said they cannot believe this real.

“It feels like a joke,” senior Maci Shermeta said. “I voted for Hillary Clinton because she is just the better fit. She actually has experience, and her plans have more evidence that they could work versus Trump’s.”

On Nov. 8 when Americans headed to the polls, many politically savvy people were predicting a win for Clinton – and she did win the nation-wide popular vote by a slim margin (337, 636 votes). However, Trump won the electoral vote easily, 290-228.

State-wide, Trump won the state by just 11,837 votes, securing the Michigan’s 16 electoral voters. Locally, Clinton won Muskegon County, 36,640 to 35,962, a mere 678 votes separating the two.

Those who supported Trump cited his values and his personality or their dislike of Hillary Clinton.

“Even though I don’t agree with absolutely everything he says, I like that Trump doesn’t take anything from anyone,” senior Evan DeYoung said. “I hope that he gets rid of Obamacare and improves the health care system.”

DeYoung also said he hopes to see many changes with the new office.

“I voted for Trump because I was sick of hearing things that aren’t getting done in the government,”

DeYoung said. “If Hillary would have won, things would have stayed the same, and nothing would have progressed.”

Still, Trump being a businessman instead of a politician scares some Americans.

“We have a reality TV star as our president,” Shermeta said. “It’s like a parody show making fun of us. It really hit me at lunch, and I started crying. This man will really be our President.”

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