We the People: Election Perspectives from Red Mountain Students

“I found myself siding more with Trump’s economic ideals after hearing his promise to rebuild America’s infrastructure. I also believe we need to incite change in our government, and Trump’s outsider perspective would do this.”

– Anthony Procopio

Our country elected a new President, Donald Trump, on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the most- watched election in American history according to CNN. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton battled to win the title of Commander in Chief of the United States of America.

Students showed strongly that they wanted to have a say in our government by researching the candidates, paying more attention to modern news and participating in political events such as rallies.

“The next generation will be the ones who are greatly affected by the decisions made by our leaders,” government teacher Mr. Buckley said. “Whether it’s the national debt, health care or the cost of college, young people will have to bear the cost of our government’s decisions.”
 
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had big dreams for changing the United States. However, Donald Trump’s ambitious plans to complete the job appealed to his supporters.

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“I found myself siding more with Trump’s economic ideals after hearing his promise to rebuild America’s infrastructure,” junior Anthony Procopio said. “I also believe we need to incite change in our government, and Trump’s outsider perspective would do this. While I disagree with him on global warming and energy, I believe that what’s needed more today is a focus on our economy and foreign policy.”

The outcome of this election left some Americans disappointed because they felt they were stuck with a leader who does not represent the same values and beliefs as them. Others are upset because Trump does not have the same experience Clinton does.

“I went to bed early on election night and was shocked the next morning,” senior Nathan Purtell said. “I think Trump is going to become more moderate as he tries to fit in with the Republican Party, but he also will force bad decisions on other countries. I supported Hillary because I thought she had competent foreign policy and domestic policy, which I didn’t see on the other side.”

Over the coming four years, Donald Trump hopes to improve the economy and make other changes in our country with a new Republican-led government. Only time will tell how he will handle his new position as Commander in Chief of the U.S.

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