By Kathryn Abernathy, Mac Hinojos, Tamera Staples, Morgan Gusella, Fairlie Outland and Rowan Ryan
Disappointment, relief, fear, excitement – mixed emotions are felt throughout the nation after the Clinton and Trump battle, with Donald Trump elected president.
Many celebrate, many mourn, but America moves on to its next concern: What will happen next? In the fifth story of a post-election series, we asked citizens what they think the new president-elect’s next moves will be.
Olivia Neill is UM sophomore studying hospitality and management who isn’t sure what to expect next.
“After Trump was announced to be our newest president,” she said, “I was thrilled and in a state of shock. But now my brain is wracking, wondering what his first move will be.”
Neill believes Trump will reverse “Obamacare.” “But it probably won’t happen in the first 30 days,” she said.
Neill said she’d love to see President Trump focus on unifying the country because of the division apparent between Republicans and Democrats.
“Everyone is still so divided, and there is so much hate,” Neill said, “but what’s done is done, and now everyone needs to focus on working together or no one will end up satisfied.”
University of Mississippi junior criminal justice major Asia Womble believes Trump’s first 30 days will negatively impact the U.S.
“I don’t think he will be able to do anything in the first 30 days because of the relationships he’s formed and the stuff he has said about the people he is going to be working with,” she said.
Womble said she’s unhappy with Trump as the new president. When asked what she would like to see done in the next 30 days, Womble said, “I would like him to not be in office.”
Virginia native Francheska Molina, 18, is a UM freshmen who isn’t sure what to expect from Trump.
“I believe that there is a very likely chance he will do/say something without thinking about the repercussions that come with the action,” said Molina.
Although Molina does not necessarily agree with some of Trump’s political values, she believes he will be able to “lower the national debt because he is a very successful businessman who will know how to correctly execute economic reforms.”
Molina said, with the right guidance, she believes Trump will be able to (correctly) do most of the things he has said he intends to do.
“I just don’t want him to mess anything up (for the nation) in the years to come after this four-year term is up,” Molina said.
UM sophomore Reed Ashton Kevin said he is pleased with the election results.
“I’m thankful it’s over,” said Kevin, reflecting on the past few months. “I think (Trump) will appoint a Supreme Court justice and also make the first steps towards appealing Obamacare.”
Kevin said she’d like to see Trump “fix Obamacare” and hopes it will be helpful for adults in our society.
“Personally, Obamacare doesn’t have a direct impact on me at this age,” she said, “but I always hear my parents complaining about it.”
Xan Edwards, 25, is a UM theatre major shocked by the election results. The Mississippi native is a Democratic who voted for Hillary Clinton. Like many others, Edwards said she was stunned by the results and fears for the safety of U.S. citizens.
“He’s too much of a dictator,” said Edwards. “Everything he has promised has threatened the environment that I have been raised in.”
Edwards is concerned about the future and what might become of Trump’s new policies. She’s also concerned about some of the allegations brought against him during the election.
“Hopefully, when he gets these allegations out of the way, he will not be president,” she said.
Oxford native Cory Blackmon works on the UM campus. He believes the election results will awaken America about race issues.
“I feel like this will open our eyes as people of different races,” he said. “Everyone who has claimed to be there and has claimed they wanted better change has failed. In the first 30 days, I am expecting Trump to do away with Obamacare and gay marriages.”
Blackmon said he believes Trump will eliminate the middle class and enact policies that benefit the wealthy because he is wealthy.
“There are plenty of people who did not go vote yesterday because they did not care for either candidate,” he said, “and there are a lot of people who did not like either candidate who did go out there and vote.
“Assuming that Clinton was going to win either way really took those people who did not vote by surprise, and now they are angry. You can not be angry if you did not vote.”