On Wednesday, Nov. 9, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, made a call to concede the 2016 Election to President-Elect Donald J. Trump. The soon-to-be 45th President of the United States of America made his acceptance speech immediately after the call, announcing, “It’s time for America to bind the wounds of division.” Trump continued his speech, stating, “It is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time.”
Many Andrews University students who voted on Nov. 8 commented on the election’s results.
Sarah McLean (sophomore, math education) said, “The results really showed how divided America is as a country.” McLean also indicated her disapproval with Trump, stating that his rhetoric calls for a response. McLean explained, “Some people have been ignoring racism in America for so long, and some people even want to deny it. And there’s absolutely no denying it now. With what we have now, it is time to stand up. We have to stand up for what’s happening right now, because we need to be a unified country.”
Katie Falter (sophomore, animal science) said she turned to God for refuge upon hearing the election’s results.
Falter said, “No one was going to be a savior in this election…I think that we need to use this election as a springboard to do well unto others and to trust that God has a plan for us for the next four years.” Falter admitted she “was really disappointed that Trump won,” adding, “I woke up in the morning, started tearing up and felt genuinely scared.”
Glen Argante (sophomore, biochemical engineering) said he felt “disappointed in the people of America who, in not even 24 hours, started rioting in the streets.” Although Argante clarified that he is not a “Trump supporter,” he stated that he believed that “we need to band together as a people and do something else that has lasting change.”
Tia Jones, (senior, behavioral science, pre-law) added that she felt very “disgruntled,” stating that “the election showed the true face of America, and it’s ugly.”
On Nov. 10, to offer an open space to debrief and discuss the election results, Chris Denda from the Counseling and Testing Center facilitated a debriefing session starting at 8:30 p.m. in the University Towers Auditorium
“Whether or not people agreed on the results of the election, there was an undeniable air of solemnity on Wednesday morning,” said Gabrielle Johnson (sophomore, nursing), who added that she found the campus “dead and haunting” after Election Day when she woke up for class.
Nathan Ruedinger (freshman, history) claimed he’s just “relieved that it’s over.” Ruedinger said, “Some people were definitely happier about it than others. On the whole, people just seemed ready to move on with their lives.”