By Natalie Beth Seales, Ashley Wallace, Kendra Newton, Jane DeCleva and Torry Rees
Foreign countries will no longer respect America now that Donald Trump has been elected president, according to Brazilian University of Mississippi student Barbara Abrantes.
The biochemistry major brings a unique perspective to the presidential election, as she has lived in both America and Brazil for good portions of her life.
In the sixth story of a post-election coverage series, we asked citizens how they feel foreign leaders will respond to new President-elect Donald Trump.
Abrantes believes Trump will be admired by U.S. citizens, or at least the ones who voted for him.
“He got elected for some reason,” said Abrantes. “I am guessing the people that elected him are going to look up to him.”
But she believes international sentiment towards America is rapidly falling.
“I got a lot of people from Brazil on my Facebook,” said Abrantes. “They are just making memes about how it’s pathetic and stupid and really embarrassing.”
Abrantes believes the sentiments of her friends represent international attitudes toward America.
“All of the foreign countries used to look up to us,” said Abrantes. “I don’t think they are going to be looking up to us anymore.”
Viktoria Banta, 21, spent the day after the election with her head held high and a smile on her face. Contrary to her appearance, however, Banta was not proud of the outcome. She put up a facade, and is taking the loss of her favored candidate in stride.
As a Democrat, she is not confident in Trump’s ability to lead the nation.
“I think Trump’s supporters will take him very seriously,” Banta said. “They’re on this so-called ‘Trump Train,’ and are so enthusiastic about a man who has alienated a huge portion of the country. It doesn’t make any sense to me.
“Clinton is actually leading in the popular vote, and I can’t imagine her supporters are super-enthused for what Trump has in store for this country.”
Banta, a political science major from Chicago, has followed the strange relationship between Trump and Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia.
“Just today, Putin said he was ready to repair the relationship between Russia and the United States,” he said. “What I don’t understand is, America has sanctions on Russia. So how is Putin expecting this to work?
“Perhaps the threat of future conflict will be removed now that Putin’s dear friend Trump will be taking office? Who knows? I wish I could have been a fly on the wall in the Kremlin when Trump’s win became certain.”
Banta, overall, is not confident about Trump’s upcoming presidency. While she respects the title, she does not respect Trump himself and does not think he will be an appropriate leader for this country.
Memphis native Lauren Winstead, 20, is happy about the election’s outcome. As a University of Mississippi managerial finance major and lifelong Republican, Winstead voted for Donald Trump for many reasons.
“I believe the American people and foreign leaders will learn to respect Donald Trump with time,” said Winstead, who said she believes some information sources brainwashed the American public into believing Trump is a monster.
Winstead believes Trump will be good for international relations.
“Although, we may have a temporary problem with Mexico, we will have good relations with most other people and places,” she said. “I believe that if Hillary Clinton would have been our 45th president, then we would be shortly at war with Russia. I think Trump is good for Americans and all of those politically involved around the world.”
Kristen Darden, 19, is a native of Lucedale, Mississippi, who studies psychology and wants to become a therapist. She considers herself an independent voter.
Darden said she doesn’t believe anyone will take Trump seriously as president because she thinks he’s an arrogant businessman who made the campaign sound like a joke.
“He flaunted that he was a rich businessman,” she said, “and rather than making valid points on trying to improve the nation, he made racial comments, sexualized women in the worst way, and laughed at serious matters.”
Darden said some world leaders may agree with Trump, while others will think he’s the laughing stock of the United States for the next four years.
“He’s just not politically intelligent,” she said. “He’s foolish.”
Georgia Perry, a UM junior majoring in marketing, said she believes Trump will be taken seriously by leaders of other countries.
“They all know what a whore HRC was as Secretary of State,” Perry said. “The American media created (Trump), and they have already served a lot of poisoned propaganda Kool-Aid.
“Soon people will realize that all of the racial unrest created by the Democrats to get black people to vote for HRC failed. All of the people who claim to be ‘scared’ have nothing to worry about. The ‘fear’ tactics were used by Democrats to get minorities to vote. This is America, and we do not want political dynasties. No more Clintons. No more Bushes. The people have spoken.”
UM junior Caroline Marshall said she believes international leaders will react positively to Trump.
“I think Israel and Russia, both, are happy with the results too,” she said. “Maybe some leaders aren’t happy right now, but eventually they will respect us more. And countries that are our enemies will probably be more scared.”
Oxford resident Dylan Michael, 26, said he was stunned by the news that Donald Trump was elected president. The Direct TV technician considers himself politically moderate and voted third-party this year. He did not support Hillary Clinton and was concerned about the allegations directed at her.
“This was a wake up call to all the corrupt politicians in D.C.,” Michael said. “It shows that the American people are tired and want change in the White House.”
Some are uncertain how Americans and foreign leaders alike will react to President Trump in the future.
“I think that Americans will honor and respect the Trump campaign,” Michael said. “He’s a business leader first, so I believe foreign leaders will respect his stance on trade and other issues. I think eventually people will be united as Americans. Foreign leaders will be open to Trump, and maybe this country can be really great for once.”