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GRCC reacts to election of Donald Trump


On Nov. 8 the United States Electoral College elected Donald Trump to be the nation’s next president. After a year and a half of campaigning, and tensions rising, half the country has been in an upset since the results came out.

There have been protests in the streets, including one Thursday in downtown Grand Rapids, where protesters demonstrated that they don’t accept him as their president based on his actions and rhetoric.

Grand Rapids Community College students had opinions across the board.

“I don’t mind the results of the election,” said Jordan Lubbers, 19, of Grandville. “I think the media portrays him to be worse than he is.”

Lubbers said people may have felt pressured into voting for Hillary Clinton, but let that go in the voting booth.

“I feel like so many voters said that they were going to vote for Hillary and that caused other people to feel like they need to conform and say they were going to vote for Hillary, but when they went to the polls, they didn’t feel the pressure anymore and voted Trump,” Lubbers said.

Garrett Esper and Jonah Hagist voted for Trump on Tuesday.

“I am fairly excited he won the election,” said Hagist, 20, of Grand Rapids. “I was pretty surprised. I think the main reason he got elected was because people wanted to be done with politicians. I think something different might be a decent change. But I guess we’ll find out.”

“I voted for Trump but I’m indifferent,” said Esper, 22, of Grand Rapids. “I wasn’t necessarily for Trump but I was against Hillary Clinton.”

While others voted democratic, and are now upset with the results of the election.

“I voted for Hillary Clinton,” said Molly Brown, 36, of Grand Rapids. “I’m feeling pretty bad about Trump winning. I just hope that people can still try to make things work.”

Denny Gillem, political science professor at GRCC, said there was “a real contrast here between the total political insider, Mrs. Clinton, and the total outsider, Mr. Trump.”

Gillem said Americans wanted a change in politics, and that’s how Trump got so many votes in the end.

“Most people realized that our national politics is corrupt,” Gillem said.  “If you add to that with Hillary lying to Congress, (and) her corruptness, I think it was a rejection of contemporary policy and corrupt national politics.”

Additionally, some people couldn’t decide on a candidate and didn’t vote.

“I didn’t vote because in my opinion they were both bad,” said Sarah Swinehart, 19, of Cedar Springs. “So I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I knew I voted for one of the bad.”

Now, Swinehart isn’t very happy about the outcome.

“Now that Trump won, I’m nervous but I don’t regret not voting.”

Collegiate staffers Rachael Yadlowsky, Kendra Turley and Brandi Quintero contributed to this report.


  1. My first chance to cast a vote was for Ronald Reagan. Time has proven to ME that this was a personal error. The point: weather it was Hilary, Bush, Roosevelt, Washington, Lincoln, or now President-elect Trump, no one can predict how a newly elected official will perform in office. Observe, study the American system of government, and be prepared to organize at the local level. Protesting now, in my opinion, is like a “Shepard boy crying wolf”. Eventually no one will listen when the actual wolf is devouring the flock. Observe your government in Lansing and Washington directly through what is currently on agendas, not via the interpretation of the entertainment based media. President-elect Trump’s tone and disposition is the easiest and the first items to be adopted by the American people or was it already there?

  2. I felt that way about Obama. I voted for him with great anticipation at the thought of uniting America. That was my error and by the end of the first term I realized how wrong I was. I voted for my first Republican ever this time and I voted for Trump because he is NOT an establishment Republican.


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