The results of November's presidential election are in, and I was wondering how LBJ students felt about Donald Trump's upset victory over Hillary Clinton. To get feedback from our students, I passed out a survey asking who they supported and how they felt about the outcome.
The completed surveys I received showed support for not only for the Republican candidate (Trump) and the Democratic candidate (Clinton), but the Green party candidate, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. Here's a sample of the comments I received:
From Clinton supporters:
"I really wanted Hillary Clinton to win; she could have been a great leader."
"I wanted Hillary to win because I felt she was more trustworthy."
"I supported Clinton because Donald Trump is a racist and no one likes racist people."
From Trump supporters:
"I can't stand how much Hillary Clinton has been lying. Some kids are complaining that Trump wants to build a wall (along the Mexican border). That's because some Mexicans are coming into our country illegally!"
"He will make America great again."
From Johnson supporters:
"I thought Gary Johnson would've been a good president because he was a good governor of New Mexico. I think Trump's victory could mean the start of World War III."
Because the campaign was so long and divisive, I think this student summed up a general sentiment we're all feeling:
"There was too much negativity and name calling during the campaign. I'm really glad it's all over."
Survey and story done by Ashley Sanchez, student reporter for the LBJ Howl.