“Devastated. Ecstatic. Afraid. Hopeful”. The reactions from the American public to the results of the 2016 presidential election dot the emotional spectrum. Some are ecstatic at Donald Trump’s victory and believe his administration will bring in much-needed change to the federal government. Others continue to protest the election results. A small percentage of voters may attempt to change the ballots of Electoral College voters. Those individuals already working for the government express a similar range of emotions. Some are fearful, some are indifferent, some are overjoyed. Mostly, people are simply hopeful. Hopeful of change ushered in by the Trump administration, or hopeful that the Trump administration will be checked by American democracy.
These are also the feelings expressed first-hand by American voters to CNN. The news network asked American voters how they felt about the outcome of the election as well as their new President-elect. They have received over 1,500 voicemails. Below is a sampling of the content of these voicemails:
“Marcia, a 70-year-old retired teacher, cast her vote for Obama in 2008 and 2012, because she had hope — for a better America, for a better life. That’s not what she got. Marcia felt like Obama spent his time apologizing for the country, rather than loving it. The turning point for her, however, was when football players began kneeling during the National Anthem. Marcia, a lifelong Democrat who protested the Vietnam War and wasn’t a fan of Ronald Reagan, says she felt like America was losing its identity.”“Jermaine just graduated from college and says his generation was “apathetic” before Election Day. Now, however, he is “feeling a lot more discouraged.” Growing up with a father in the military, Jermaine lived in Germany, where he says the culture was more accepting.‘”As a minority, it’s hard to fathom that many people in this country can disregard the needs, the feelings, the concerns of minorities,”‘ he says. ‘”It’s kind of a reality check in terms of how much work we need to do.”‘“Alexis, 29, was born in the US and lives in Texas. Her parents illegally crossed the border from Mexico. Immigration was an important issue for her, and she told us she wanted the wall.‘”There are good people coming over. There are also those who want to freeload.”‘“For Thomas, a 26-year-old gay man, it wasn’t about social issues this election. As the son of a single father who owns a small business, Thomas saw his family struggle with the rising costs of Obamacare. Thomas says his Trump vote garnered backlash from other members of the gay community.‘”I understand why people are scared or nervous, but I think they need to calm down and see what happens first.”‘“Christine, a pastor in Idaho, says she was ‘”enthusiastically waiting for [Clinton] to be the first woman president.”‘ She notes that she held Clinton in ‘”high esteem for her 20 to 30 years of public service and all the good work that she’s done for children and minorities.”‘ She says she could not believe that, out of more than a dozen candidates, Trump rose to the top, She says he does not reflect America.‘”I know we’ll get through this. I’m optimistic. But it is extremely heartbreaking.”‘“Eric, who lives in Harrisburg, used to be a Democrat. He started voting Republican in 2012 — he has a growing family, and economic issues are his priority. Creating jobs in the manufacturing industry and the Affordable Care Act were two of the issues he cared about most. Under Obamacare, his family’s premiums increased. Now when they visit the doctor’s office, it costs $50 more.”“Mike, who is Jewish and lives on Long Island, says he has been going through “ups and downs” over the past week — especially after seeing reports of swastika drawings popping up around the US. Mike has two children — 6 and 8 years old — and is struggling with how to talk to them about what’s happening.”