McLennan County District Clerk Jon Gimble
I think it is pretty obvious that Donald Trump connected with and tapped into the overall frustration with everything coming out of Washington, D.C., for the last 20 years. We have had Democrat and Republican presidents, and George Bush did some great things. But at the end of his presidency we still had more regulation, more things holding back our economy, and I hope Trump takes this mandate and makes improvements in these issues.
Waco NAACP President Peaches Henry
From the first day of his campaign he made comments that were racist, bigoted, misogynistic and sexist. . . . I don’t believe he is a role model at any level.
I am deeply disturbed that tens of millions of Americans were willing to overlook the significant personal, intellectual and political shortcomings of Donald Trump. What I believe is that it is a backlash against the progress that has been made in this country in the person of Barack Obama.
Congressman Bill Flores, R-Bryan
The American people have spoken. They will no longer stand for Washington’s weakened national security, expansive bureaucracy and excessive spending. Our nation is ready to turn the page from the last eight years of failed Obama policies. It is time that we restore confidence in our federal government.
Ernesto Fraga, editor of El Tiempo newspaper, Democratic activist
It was a shocker, but I had been telling family and friends ever since Trump announced that he could get elected.
I think a lot of people in the Waco community are going to be going through a range of feelings. From what I know of the Latino community, they’re concerned about the immigration issue. There’s a lot of fear, resignation and anguish.
A lot of younger voices are going to have to emerge and become much more involved. New leadership is going to have to come forward.
19th State District Judge Ralph Strother
I read somewhere online this morning that the media always took Trump literally but never seriously. Trump supporters took him seriously but not literally. I agree with that and I think that is a thumbnail sketch of the astounding political phenomenon that we just witnessed.
Waco attorney Vik Deivanayagam
I think the election results show a deep dissatisfaction with the way our government is being run right now in Washington. I would be curious to find out if people voted for Trump as much as they voted against Hillary because she represented the current state of affairs in Washington.
Waco attorney Kevin Keathley
I think there is a lot of anger and frustration within both parties about the way things are being run and I think that is what contributed to the results. As we are speaking, (Wednesday morning) she is leading in the popular vote. But that doesn’t matter. We have the system we have. We have the Electoral College. What I think happened in a lot of these swing states, people were frustrated with the establishment. Frankly, I believe it is against both parties, but it ran to his benefit in this particular election.
Baylor University senior Peter McCoy, 22, from Waco
I was actually blown away. I personally thought Hillary was going to take it, but I always knew that Trump would be nipping at her heels. Personally, I didn’t like either candidate, because I think Trump is a little too vocal and doesn’t worry about what he says and Hillary, it is too hard to tell with her. I can’t tell if she is lying, telling the truth and I can’t trust a president like that.
Baylor freshman Ann Kalisuch, 18, from Colusa, California
I went to bed at about 1 a.m., but it seemed like Trump was going to win. I think where it is really going to matter is with Supreme Court justices. . . . I am also wondering how other countries are going to see us and how it will affect the stock market, international trade and a lot of different things about the presidency.
Baylor freshman Mary Beth Burns, 18, from Austin
As of right now, I am more worried about the uproar that is happening with the announcement of his presidency and how the social climate of America will be. I have seen a lot of people who are very unhappy, so I think there will be a lot of civil unrest. That will be the most worrisome part about the election right now.