Election reactions

Alex Guzman, Aztec Voice

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AV held an assembly celebrating students’ identities and heritage on Nov. 10 after the 2016 election.

You could hear a pin drop. FOX 4 News announced the newly elected President of the United States: Donald Trump. Students’ jaws dropped in dismay. Social media was in an uproar with protesters and other families in the nation expressing their feelings.

On Nov. 8, our new President of the United States was elected – Donald Trump. Even though Trump did not win the popularity vote, he won based on the electoral college.

Students from Alta Vista were in disbelief.

Junior Aaron Ramirez stated, “I can’t believe a person like Trump even had a opportunity to be able to run for president. It just shows how America has come to.”

According to the Huffington Post, the electoral college is a system in which there are 538 electors who cast votes to decide the president. Voters will not necessarily only be voting for the president, but they will also be voting for which candidate will receive their state electors. The candidate who receives the most electoral votes will win the presidency. If the candidate wins 270 electoral votes, then they will automatically win.

After the presidential election, there was a hectic crowd of protesters in the nation. Recently in Kansas City at City Hall, hundreds of citizens came together to peacefully protest the presidency. Protesters rioted: “That’s not my President!”

Students in Alta Vista felt the same way.

“He’s the going to be the president, and I get that, but that doesn’t mean I have to respect him,” said freshman Ryan Ruano.

Families in the nation were not only outraged but also fearful, mainly due to intentions of Donald Trump wanting to deport undocumented citizens from the country.

Senior Eyborit Esquivel said, “I’m afraid that he and other people have the justification for being hateful towards others.”

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