After months of name-calling, repetitive commercials and scandals on behalf of both parties, the American people have finally chosen a new president.
While some are hopeful for what is to come, others fear a looming dooms day post-election.
Reflecting on the recent campaign, the Lynn community shared their thoughts about approaching the nation’s greatest challenge yet.
“This is the most negative campaign in American history,” said Dr. Robert Watson, professor of American studies. “It is also the most bizarre and unpredictable. “But the utter disregard for the truth and facts by Donald Trump is quite unlike anything we have ever seen before. Never before has a serious candidate for the presidency known so little about the issues or exhibited such disregard for serious debate.”
Throughout the debates, topics such as immigration, racism and dishonesty have entered the ring, encouraging each candidate to say positive and negative comments that have imprinted on the American people.
“I think what people are taking away from this election is that America is more divided than ever,” said Valerie Speer, senior. “Never before has an election between republicans and democrats caused such an uproar in the world of media.”
Amidst the media’s portrayal of good versus evil, were first time voters, unsure of how to proceed in this election.
“The voting process was simple, however it is unfortunate for us having two candidates that are so unlikeable because this is huge for our future,” said Marly Comiskey, junior. “I think that there is a lot that individuals will learn from this election since both candidates have such negative and positive qualities based upon different people’s opinions.”
Now, as America is set to move forward with Donald Trump as the newly elected president, the American people face finding a way to embrace the results and move forward.
“I am worried about November 9 – the day after the election,” said Watson. “Many people won’t see the results of the election as legitimate. Moreover, the nation is bitterly divided and congress is gridlocked by hyper-partisanship. I do not know how we will move together as a nation, bind up the wounds that divide us and commit ourselves to civility in politics and public life.”
But somehow, citizens will have to.