By: John Perez and Kyle Leaver
Sports Editor and Staff Writer, Lake Worth and Palm Beach Gardens Campus
After one of the most historic elections the United States has ever held, America’s President-elect is Donald J. Trump. Trump’s victory came on November 8th, 2016 when he accrued 290 electoral votes, which outnumbered Hillary Clinton’s 232 electoral votes. Clinton’s loss came after she had won the popular vote by 1.5 million tallies. In the weeks leading up to the election, Clinton visited Palm Beach State College’s Lake Worth campus to convey her plans for America if she were to be elected.
Donald Trump’s campaign website lays out the plans that the President-elect wants to accomplish within his first one-hundred days in office. Some of these measures are initiating the removal of more than two million illegal immigrants, repealing the Affordable Care Act, and finding a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court.
Dr. Victor Aikhionbare, a political science professor at Palm Beach State College, gave his thoughts on the election. When asked if he expected Trump to win, Aikhionbare said that he did not foresee a Trump win. However, even though this election result was not anticipated, Aikhionbare insists that “the country has spoken, and we have no choice but to accept the decision made by the voters.” When asked about what his expectations are for the next four years, Aikhionbare said that he believes that “there will be big changes from the direction President Obama has been taking our country.” Aikhionbare also believes that Congress will “trend towards a more conservative approach to fiscal and social policy.”
Alejandro Turino, a PBSC graduate and political science major, also had an input on the result of the election. When asked if he envisioned Trump’s victory, Turino said that he did not expect it because he felt that “the majority of the country was politically moderate.” Turino also thought that “Trump would not draw many individuals to his brand of conservatism, but he managed to do it.” When asked about his prediction for the next four years, Turino said that he believes “it will not be as catastrophic as some people are making it out to be.”
The 2016 Presidential race was an excruciating and strenuous experience not only for both candidates, but for the entire country. Trump’s resistance to following the status-quo of politicians and Clinton’s mission to become the first female President in American history were highlights from this tedious election process. There are many individuals from across the nation who believe that Trump’s eventual presidency is undeserved. Whatever one wishes to believe, Dr. Aikhionbare urges that “we are going to have to support whoever the President is because if he or she fails, the country will fail.”