For many voters, Trump’s victory comes as no surprise
While Donald Trump’s victory is being portrayed as a shocking upset by countless media outlets, it comes as little surprise to his core supporters.
“We’re not really surprised over here,” said Amanda Mancini, a mother of three who lives in Orange County, Calif. “In California, every single person I know is voting for Trump. I don’t even know somebody who knows somebody who’s voting for Hillary.”
Donald Trump was projected to become the 45th president of the United States early Wednesday morning after winning a handful of contested states, marking the first time since Dwight Eisenhower that a candidate won the White House after never having served in an elected office.
Mancini, a staunch Republican, claims her family is “strangled by the fines and fees” imposed by government. Those fees compromise her husband’s business in the industrial manufacturing industry, she said, adding that she can no longer afford insurance under Obamacare.
As for the tapes that surfaced in October of Trump boasting about sexual assault, they failed to sway her vote, she said.
“Him saying a few bad words 15 years ago… we just can’t find anyone that cares, Mancini said. “The media is trying shape that narrative instead of recording the true narrative.”
Two thousand miles east, in Newton Falls, Ohio, Daniel Moore said his family spent the evening at the local GOP headquarters, holding hands, praying and celebrating.
Moore, who voted for President Obama in 2012, said he backed Trump for his positions on trade, immigration and the 2nd amendment and compared the president-elect to the former president of Poland, Lech Walesa.
“A common ordinary dock worker was able to do that for Poland,” he said. “This is incredible. This is a solidarity movement.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton supporters mourned the loss of their candidate.
Gretchen Klungness, a local Democratic official from Hawaii, said she was “shocked” by the result.
“This one’s breaking my heart,” said Klungness, the secretary of the Hawaii County Democratic Party. “I shudder to think what’s going to happen to the Supreme Court. I am so horrified I can hardly believe it.”
Klungness said the only solace was knowing that Trump would be up for reelection in four years.
“We survived Reagan and we survived George W. Bush, so maybe we’ll survive this.”
Others said they were still processing the outcome.
“My main reaction is, I’m disappointed in the American people,” said Tyler Garza, 26, a Chicago native who works in the sports industry. “We elected someone who only represents part of America.”
Garza added that he was not prepared to face the prospect of a president Trump.
“I’m scared and nervous. I don’t want to go to sleep,” he said. “I wish I could wake up and this would all be a nightmare.”
Democratic strategists and political analysts also expressed their shock at the win via Twitter.
“I’ve believed in data for 30 years in politics and data died tonight,” Tweeted GOP strategist Mike Murphy. “I could not have been more wrong about this election.”
I've believed in data for 30 years in politics and data died tonight. I could not have been more wrong about this election.
— mike murphy (@murphymike) November 9, 2016
In a victory speech early Wednesday morning, Trump said it was “time for America to bind the wounds of division.”
“To all Republicans, Democrats and Independents across the nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” Trump told a crowd of supporters who had gathered at a hotel in Manhattan to watch the results of the race.
“I pledge to every citizen of our land, that I will be president of all Americans,” Trump added.
Trump also acknowledged Clinton in his speech.
“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country,” he said.
Trump said that Clinton had called him to concede shortly before he took the stage, though he didn’t reveal further details of their conversation.