The 2016 Election Through The Eyes of PBA
It’s no secret that the 2016 presidential race was one of the biggest events of the year. Though it seemed more like a staged, high-stakes reality show than a political competition, many are pondering the very real consequences of the results.
The emotions and the actions of the country seemed to have been at war during this election. While Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Trump won the electoral college and, therefore, the presidency. Many people are heartbroken at this outcome and the students at PBA are no exception.
Senior Chika Matsumoto said she was shocked and disappointed by the election of Trump.
“I can’t believe we voted for someone who shows so many immoral and unacceptable points of view,” she said.
Though many students do place the blame on Trump, they are also unimpressed by the American people.
“I didn’t realize there were so many idiots in America, or so many bigots and sexists,” said senior Shelby Taketa. While she reprimanded the public’s choice she believes we should try our best to come together and support the next president. “I think he’s gonna need it,” she added.
Greg Millar, another senior, exercised his right to vote in the election. While he is a fairly new voter, he already knows that this is an opportunity to have an impact on the country.
“It’s a surreal feeling because you feel like you were just that person sitting behind the TV and watching other people talking about their voting experience but now you’re talking about your voting experience,” Millar said. “It’s crazy that now you could potentially be the decider of whether the person you want is president or not. It’s very weird but cool.”
Millar also noted that the election results give insight into sexism in America.
“It shows that they [Americans] didn’t want a woman to be president,” he said.
While most students are quite wary about Trump, Millar intends to stay positive.
“They [people] are saying different things, but words are just words until they’re actions,” he said.
Both Taketa and Matsumoto have considered taking action and becoming politically active in the future. However, Taketa is going to wait until Trump officially becomes president and makes a harmful mistake before she engages in any kind of protest. Matsumoto, on the other hand, thinks the way to bring about change is through voting, education, and awareness.
“I realized how important it is to do your civil duty of voting and making sure that you get your opinion out and educate other people,” Matsumoto said.
Junior Aya Ikeda has decided that now is the time for action. Two days after the election she attended a fundraiser at Kakaako Agora for the recent Standing Rock protests in North Dakota. While her ultimate goal is to change the system, for now she will settle with local level activism, even if it is not directly related to the election.
“These are genuine people who care about the environment and the things that really matter,” Ikeda said. “I wanted to be there because I wanted to support them.”
Although the fundraiser did provide her with some hope, she still remains realistic in her expectations for the country.
“I do believe there are both good and bad people in this country,” Ikeda said. “There will always be people who help and support, and there will always be people who don’t care about issues that don’t have to do with them.”