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.