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Word on the street: the Trump verdict

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1: Malik Tuzo (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

As news of Donald Trump winning the 2016 Presidential Election in the United States rocked the world, The Royal Gazette took to streets of the City of Hamilton to find out what residents made of the outcome.

While some expressed shock and concern, others were not surprised, having long predicted his success over rival Hillary Clinton.

1, Malik Tuzo “DJ Flava”, of Pembroke: “Go Trump. I’m not shocked at all. Out of the lesser two evils, he’s the better. There’s Trump and he grabs them by the you know what and then there’s Hillary — she’s giving people money to fight America. I will take a grabber over an ISIS funder.”

2, Michael Ingham, Sandys: “I’m disappointed, really. I’m surprised because I thought Hillary was going to win. I think America’s made a mistake. The question we also have to ask is what does it mean for Bermuda?”

3, Jesse Almeida, Hamilton, 29: “I kind of expected that because history was made when Barack Obama became the first black president. I didn’t think they would make history again to see the first female president. I still think Trump would have been president simply because he’s a man.”

4, Melissa Caldwell, 36, Warwick: “To be honest, I don’t really have a reaction yet. Either was as worse as the other in my opinion. They make all sorts of promises and say what they think people want to hear. We’ll have to wait and see what happens when he gets in.”

5, Karen Claire, Pembroke: “It’s shocking and its frightening. And it’s hard especially with two daughters to explain to them that someone like Donald Trump has been elected president. They were quite shocked, horrified.”

6, Ladezz Cann, 26, Sandys: “I really, really don’t care. Let him have his chance. It’s not like he makes the rules. He earned it, he worked hard. Let him be the face of America. Hopefully it will be Hillary the next time.”

7, Terai Wilson, 27, Devonshire: “I don’t really have a preference — it doesn’t really matter. It’s just another reality show for me. I don’t really let it take over my life. I have other things to worry about.”

8, Mary-Ann Saltus, St David’s: “I won’t be going to America any time soon. I think it’s over, it’s finished. I knew that a woman was not going to be in charge — that was too much. They weren’t ready for that.”

9, Lorrae Edwards, Paget: “I’m in shock actually. I think it’s the same as when it was the UK with the Brexit. I did think Hillary would probably get in over him but I think both candidates were pretty bad.”

10, Flo Rowe, 37, Pembroke: “I don’t know why people are surprised. It’s a rebellious vote. The same thing has happened in the UK with Brexit. It is what it is.”

11, Mark Selley, 26, Warwick: “I don’t know. It’s a crazy world we live in. I’m just glad that I’m not American. I’m glad we played no role in who was picked.”

12, Carole Hetherington, Pembroke: “I don’t have anything to say. I feel like we just have to wait and see what he’s going to do.”

2: Michael Ingham (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
3: Jesse Almeida (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
4: Melissa Caldwell (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
5: Karen Claire (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
6: Ladezz Cann (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
7: Terai Wilson (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
8: Mary-Ann Saltus (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
9: Lorrae Edwards(Photograph by Akil Simmons)
10: Flo Rowe (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
11: Mark Selley (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
12: Carole Hetherington (Photograph by Akil Simmons)