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Locals on the street react to Trump triumph

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Nev Rolston
Nev Rolston

With the shock of Donald Trump's win being felt around the world, Stephanie Arthur-Worsop took to the streets to find out how locals felt about the outcome.

Nev Rolston, 20, musician, said the result came as a major shock.

"I wish I could swear, that's how bad it is. His rise to power has been all about money and you have to ask, will the money be worth it or will America wish they had elected a decent bloody Government?"

Mr Rolston said both candidates were unappealing but Hillary Clinton was the "lesser of two evils".

"Out of those two candidates, I was rooting for Hillary because she has the experience and has been in office. Trump still has a lot to learn and who knows how long that will take."

Elaine Pearson, 69, retired, said she woke up this morning and told everyone she didn't want to talk about this election anymore.

She had no favourite candidate, saying both were bad as each other.

But her mother, Gloria Pearson, 90, retired, thought Trump's victory was great.

"He'll get by, I was listening to the radio all last night. I didn't like Hillary one bit."

Cheri Cobb
Cheri Cobb


Cheri Cobb, 26, a mum, thought America was "screwed" either way.

"If I could I would have put my backing behind Hillary, but at the same time the end result didn't surprise me, I knew he would win."

Cindi Hudson, 46, homeschooling mother, felt America made the right choice.

"As a conservative Christian, I am fully aware that Trump has some major flaws, but I still feel he is a far better choice than Hillary.

"I disagree with the democrats' platforms on nearly all points. I am excited by the election results and look forward to seeing what a Republic majority can achieve."

Gemma Agnew, 34, hairdresser, said she was surprised the polls, which predicted Clinton to win, were so wrong.

"I think that's why it came as such a shock when Trump won. There was a false sense that Hillary had it in the bag which could have inspired Trump supporters to vote while Hillary supporters stayed complacent.

"America voted for him for a reason so now all we can do is move on with life and hope we see change for the better, not the worse."

Ms Agnew said it was important people were open to change.

"There's a whole lot of commotion at the moment but I think that will die down and people will realise he's not the only one making the decisions. I think there will be a few people putting a lid on some of his more radical ideas."

Greg Gould, 40s, retail worker, said both candidates were bad but Trump succeeded in connecting with the middle class.

Raelene Gill, 61, retired, said she didn't know why Trump was selected in the first place.

"They are both as bad as each other but I don't like the way Trump talks. He has some weird ideas."

Her husband, Victor Gill, 61, retired, agreed some of Trump's views were weird but thought it may be what America needed.

"He has four years to prove himself and if he doesn't, he's gone."

Phillip Mills, 30, stay-at-home dad, said the outcome was never going to be good.

"They had no good options . . . It was up to the people to decide who would be slightly less damaging."

Other post-election thoughts on the street:
- I was a bit shocked by the results, I wasn't sure who would win but I definitely didn't want it to be Trump, I was pro-Hillary.
- All I can say is, not Donald Trump.
- Hillary would have been the better option.
- I'm shocked. I knew a lot of Americans didn't like either of them but never thought Trump would win.
-They should have picked better candidates to begin with.
- Oh. My. God. That doesn't sound too good at all for America and its people's freedom.
- I was disappointed watching the results. All I could think was 'Jesus Christ'. I have been watching it since the beginning and was certain Hillary Clinton would win. Stupid Americans.
- I'm flabbergasted. I hope they have a strong Congress and Senate to veto him. I'm overwhelmed they voted that clown in.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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