The Election's Confessions
After two terms of America’s first African-American president, it is now 2016 and it was time to elect a new president. The past debates led to controversies of our Republican candidate Donald Trump, and Democrat Hillary Clinton. People questioned if either way, our country will be in good hands.
Both candidates have received both extreme criticisms and mockery this year. Trump, a billionaire businessman has been ridiculed for things such as his extreme immigration regulation ideas, racism, and has been accused of multiple sexual harrassment incidents. Hillary Clinton, who was the First Lady to former President Bill Clinton in 1993-2001, was caught illegally deleting classified emails.
When asked if teachers would voice their political opinions in the classroom, all of them replied that they would not, some saying only if they were asked.
“I think students would come into the classroom with different points of view involving politics and I don't want to alienate those people being the teacher authority in the classroom,” said Mrs. Sanchez, World History teacher.
When asked for a pro and con about the candidates, Mr. Broome the Freshman Studies teacher said that how Clinton “is used to the political machine that is Washington DC” and how Trump is “not afraid to open his mouth” are both their strengths and weaknesses.
One junior said, “I like Trump because he speaks his mind,” but said this cautiously due to backlash he may receive.
Even positive comments, like how a sophomore said Hilary is “determined and an underdog, and no one takes her seriously because she’s a female” was asked to be kept anonymous.
This election has been nothing but intense and conflicting that it seems that no one can share their opinions without fearing attack or it affecting their social life.
Now that the election is over and Trump won, his supporters are more enthusiastic about supporting him, and they no longer fear backlash now that he is the new president.
One sophomore said, “I can’t believe he’s actually winning, what are people thinking?” before the election. After Trump won, the sophomore confidently stated a that he is indeed a Republican and thinks that Trump would be a better president than Hillary, and fully does support Trump.
On November 9th, the day after the election, many people wore their Trump shirts, and since that week public Trump wear increased at school.
All of this shows that being teenage students, many of us care about our image and relationships with one another and will avoid openly share our political views. But once there’s a sense of safety and security where a majority supports one side, in this case, the majority of the country supports Trump, confidence in political beliefs come out.