Contradicting the polls

Many Americans were taken by surprise November 8th when Trump was elected president of the United States, and FHC was no exception.

Lukas Mendel, Copy Editor

It has been roughly a week since one of the most polarizing elections in American history has come to a close. America elected Donald J. Trump to lead the free world in the next four years as the president of the United States. America has seen numerous protests since the election winner has been announced, and the country seems to still be fueled by intense emotions and reactions.

Not only did America experience a variety of emotions, but students at FHC experienced intense reactions as well. Many students at FHC were supporters of Trump, or non supporters of Hillary at the least, so the political talk was high November 9th with many students expressing their joy for their new president, some students were just excited that the whole election was simply over and they think everyone should work to accept what has happened and move on, and others couldn’t shake the feeling of fear that they now experience knowing Trump is their new president.

Trump supporters felt confident that Trump would come out on top, regardless of the polls. Caleb Mundle, a junior, is an avid Trump supporter and stood behind him and supported him leading up to the election.

“I was always confident that he was going to win, but I was a little bit shocked with the outcome,” said Mundle.

Even towards the end, many were pessimistic of Trump’s victory. Those who felt confident and wanted Trump to win still were shocked.

“I definitely wasn’t seeing how he pulled off Wisconsin and Michigan…but I see the media as kind of corrupt, kind of more liberal, so I took it all with a grain of salt really,” said Mundle.

The win took him, and many others, by complete surprise. Despite the surprise, Mundle and any other Trump supporters are excited to see how the next four years will be handled by their desired president.

Between the Hillary supporters and the Trump supporters sits the people who believe that America should focus on moving on and work together despite all beliefs. Junior Garrett Allen was not in favor of Trump necessarily, but he was shocked as well when Trump ended up taking the White House.

“Obviously all the polls were wrong, most everybody was. All the mainstream polls failed the most because I think they didn’t look at Trump closely enough,” said Allen. “They let his inexperience side cloud his policy, even the politically accurate website, 538, still had Clinton at 70%.”

Allen feels that FHC has been severely polarized since the election, and his hope is that people can learn to accept it and conceded and work together.

“Earlier today, I posted two tweets in which I said that concession is just as American as fighting for your beliefs is, and in 2008, when Obama won, the Republicans weren’t accepting the presidency and they hatred the country,” said Allen. “Now in 2016, the Democrats are doing the same thing and I think that is is a deep inherent problem of who we are, to where we put ourselves in one of two sides even though we live in the same country, and that hurts our nationality a lot.”

At the end of the spectrum lies students who severely feel that the election of Trump is not something to celebrate, but it is an event that America should be fearing. Keenan Peebles, senior, is a black student that agrees with many conservative views, but he doesn’t feel like Trump is the president that deserves to be sitting in the Oval Office.

“I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen, there was a lot of uncertainty, but when I woke up, I just felt this sense of dread. I don’t think people realize how bad it’s going to get…It is not so much a feeling of uncertainty now but a feeling of fear. I’m already afraid being a minority in America, but now to have a president who is a racist and a bigot…there are no words,” said Peebles.

Peebles says he understands that many disagree or that he is being irrational, but he believes that with Trump representing America, we have ruined our status as a country and that his influence is one of the worst things he brings with him to the White House.

“When I woke up it was fear, not irrational fear, but a fear that this country elected this man who was inadequate to be the face of the free world, and I feel that every country is lining up to walk up to us and slap us in the face because we are going to be the laughing stock of the world,” said Peebles.

Peebles is just one of many minorities at FHC that felt fear waking up Wednesday morning to an America with Trump as the president.

Overall, the general consensus at FHC is that people need to wait and work, whether it be waiting for that desired change, working to accept the outcome, or fearing that same desired change that others are anticipating.