, NEW HAMPSHIRE, United States, Nov 9 – American voters who either support Hilary Clinton or Donald Trump have been deeply divided over the past few months as the candidates campaigned to secure victory for the White House.
But for most who spoke to Capital FM News on Election Day, Wednesday should be a day when the country moves forward peacefully regardless of the poll outcome which saw Trump sweep 290 Electoral College votes against Clinton’s 218 to become the 45th US President.
“We definitely don’t want a lot of negative things to happen as a result of something like this… it’s never good when we are viewed negatively because of something we do or for the choices we make and who we put in charge,” voter Craig Rhodes said after casting his ballot in Concord, New Hampshire.
Wayne Frey who rooted for a Hillary Clinton win, said he believed she was the best for America and was capable of bringing the country together.
“I think she’s the best candidate to bring the country together after this divisive campaign and I’m just hoping we can get to the good side of things both Democrats and Republicans working together for solutions for the county. I think she should reach out to Republicans who have been willing compromise and coordinate the political process,” Frey told Capital FM News after casting his ballot at St John’s Church in Concord, NH.
Linda Kenison was a bit more apprehensive on the future of the United States after such a bitter election battle in which Trump secured victory as the 45th president of the United States.
“I’m very concerned about what’s going to happen because I think the people on the extreme edge are not going to let go of this. I’d like to see the country come together.”
Another Clinton supporter Mary Stuart said she hoped Democrats would sweep the seats in the Senate and House of Representatives since Congress wasn’t achieving much given the current scenario.
Jean Reynolds said she was unsure, and kind of scared.
“I think it’s frightening imaging that Donald Trump could win this election. I hope to see that Hillary has won and that the good things that Barack Obama started will continue. She is one of the many Americans who will have to live with the reality of Trump’s presidency.
Anne Catania a Trump supporter does also not want to see a divided United States.
“I hope obviously that it’s Trump and Pence but I just also wish that no matter who wins that it’s peaceful. I’d like people to come together, be nice to one another and accept who wins; that’s it!”
Catania says Trump has worked his way up and offers a fresh beginning for America.
“Trump is not a 30-year politician. Like the rest of us, he scratched and clawed his way up to become a billionaire. Whereas Hilary has been in politics for 30 odd years and you know, hasn’t really made much of a difference.”
Both Clinton and Trump were watching the outcome of the votes in New York on Tuesday morning before it became apparent that the billionaire businessman was the clear winner.
Trump was on Sixth Avenue while Clinton was at the Javits Center – with a glass ceiling – on the banks of the Hudson River as she aimed ‘to break the ceiling’ by becoming the first female President of the United States of America but her hopes were dashed by Trump who has pledged to unite Americans.
“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country,” Trump said, during his speech proclaiming a stunning victory in the White House race, “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all of Americans.”