Presidential Election Comes to a Close

After Donald J. Trump was elected president, protests in Portland, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago have all gained national attention. In some cities, including Los Angeles and Portland, nasty riots have broken out in the streets and have caused much damage to the city.

In Portland, thousands of people gathered in the streets over the weekend, and the protests quickly turned violent when people began to throw objects at officers, vandalize local businesses and damage cars. In Oakland, California, roughly 1,000 protesters broke store windows, left graffiti on buildings, and threw m-80 firecrackers, Molotov cocktails and bottles at police officers. Eleven people were arrested including some who were accused of assaulting police officers.

After a grueling and long process of over a year of rallies, campaigns, and debates, America elected Trump on Nov. 10, and he will begin serving as head of the country on Jan. 21, 2017. Although this was one of the most controversial elections in a long time, both candidates competed in a fair election that resulted in a victory for Trump.

Democrat Hillary Clinton lead the popular vote with 59,413,445 votes, beating out Trump’s total of 59,229,191. But Trump won overall with a final of 276 to 228 out of 270 votes in the electoral college. Trump prevailed by winning a number of big battle ground states including Michigan, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

Shortly after the results came out, Trump tweeted, “Such a beautiful and important evening! The forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again. We will all come together as never before.”

Clinton also took to social media after the election, tweeting, “Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”

Students at Mt. Hebron also spoke about the election.

“I think the election shows what the people wanted,”  senior Tommy Reese said. “We see that Trump won, which kind of shows that there’s an underlying support for him, and which kind of shows what Americans feel is important to them.”

But junior Rachel Brown said, “I think that the Electoral College doesn’t make any sense. Hillary had more actual votes than Trump did, and she should have won.”

“Trump has no political experience.” Brown added. “I don’t think he’s really going to fix a lot of issues. I think that he is going to cause more issues than he’s going to fix as president.”

Third party candidate Gary Johnson finished with a total of 4,032,98 for a total of 3 percent of the vote. This is a very big increase from previous years as many people did not favor the two major candidates. Compared to 2012, Gary Johnson more than tripled his number of votes from 1,275,950 at a 0.99 percent finish.

Other candidates from the election included Dr. Jill Stein, who represented the Green Party with 1,236,811 votes at a 0.97 percent finish, and Evan McMullin of the Independent party, who garnered 476,003 votes with a 0.37 percent finish.

The voter turnout, while it seemed that it would be higher with high voter registration, was surprisingly low. While no exact percentages of the amount of people who voted have been found, it seems to be 39 percent, with the population being 323,995,528 and only 127,384,501 people voting. This was very low compared to past elections, which had around 57 percent of Americans voting.

Whether America agrees or disagrees with the presidency decision, America must now move on and focus on helping to make the country better.

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