The morning after Donald trump was named president-elect of the United States, we sent reporter and photographer Shannon Hutchinson into the halls to speak with BSA students. She found a scared, shocked student body who fear for their safety and their country. Scroll to see their reactions.
“I woke up last night to my mother sobbing at three am. I looked at my phone and I figured out that Donald Trump was president, and I saw all these Snapchats from my friends in England. One of them even stayed on the phone with me until four am. I could not sleep, I didn’t sleep, so now I’m literally running off of anger and just– I’m a mess.”
“I just feel betrayed. I feel betrayed by the media and the polls that said that Hilary was going to win and by young voters who didn’t turn up because they thought that their vote didn’t count or someone voting for Hilary was a vote for ‘the man’ or ‘the government’ and ‘the political system,’ ‘the corruption’– that’s ridiculous. By not voting for her, or by voting for a third party candidate you’re endorsing someone who is undoubtedly racist, sexist, and xenophobic, and is legitimizing those things for every single person in this country, and normalizing them.”
“I don’t know what to think, except that I’m just really scared. I woke up this morning and I just didn’t know what to say, I was just scared. I don’t know what’s gonna happen.”
“I’m in shock. Like, I don’t think this is a real thing. I woke up this morning and I could tell that my dad knew what happened by the way that he was moving around the house and I didn’t even want to bring it up, I didn’t want to talk about it at all. I felt like I was gonna walk outside of my house and get shot or something. I don’t know what’s gonna happen, what it’s gonna look like, or if I’m going to wake up and Hilary’s gonna be like, ‘no, we found a way to get around this!’ I just don’t know, where do we really go from here, with a Republican senate, with a republican government in general, what are we gonna do? What kind of country do we live it? It’s really scary.”
“It’s pretty upsetting. I was really expecting Hillary to pull through in the last hour, that didn’t happen. I stayed up until two for this thing. And when Donald Trump was winning it was just one of those things where it’s like, ok, we still have a chance, Clinton can still win. And then I went to sleep believing that I was gonna wake up and Clinton was gonna be president. When I saw that Donald Trump was president it was just kind of mind-blowing, like how can the United States of America actually vote for someone who’s sexist, and racist, and who really doesn’t care about anyone other than the upper class; than the one percent. It was just pretty…I’m disappointed that things ended up this way. I don’t want Donald Trump as my president. I don’t think he’s qualified, I don’t think he’s ready to be president, and it’s going to be a messy four years.”
“It feels very unreal. I went to sleep before the official results came out, but he was leading before I went to sleep so I was hoping that I could sleep on it and that it would be fixed…which was, I guess, very childish. As of now I feel very sad. I just feel like we were about to be in a really good place, America, in terms of, I mean I’m liberal so I’m biased but just in terms of equality and being accepting of all people and I felt like we were really getting somewhere. So now it feels like a step backwards, or multiple steps backwards. I’m just wondering how it will affect my future.”
“I can’t even begin to fathom the amount of hatred in our citizens, in my family, in regular people that I know. It appalls me that this man can play on people’s fears and play on hate and play on destruction and can somehow win the vote of millions and millions of Americans in this country, and they’re all so blind as to what’s actually happening. No one has offered me any sort of reason as to why they have voted for Trump, because they have said, ‘oh, he’s for the minorities, he’s for LGBT people–‘ no he’s fucking not. He literally just confirmed, his running mate, Mike Pence, just confirmed, that he would endorse an anti-LGBT law that would basically erase everything that’s happened in the past eight years. Now people are going to question whether or not Obama did anything. How can you answer that question if you have a man like Donald Trump, who has no political experience whatsoever, take office and completely erase everything he’s done and and stood for. I don’t feel safe at all anymore. I don’t know how I’m going to transition in a world where Donald Trump is president. I feel so helpless, I don’t know what to do. There’s gonna be so much division. And people are gonna be able to outwardly speak about their hateful views and it’s gonna be ok, because our president agrees with them. I am so scared.”