BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – A Donald Trump presidency has surprised many Wisconsin voters, so we asked both sides about their hopes for the country’s future.
After his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Republican president-elect told his supporters, “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division.” It was a message of unity after an election season full of divisiveness.
“There was a sense of relief and also excitement because, I mean, we voted for Trump,” said Trump supporter Eileen Gbaja-Biamila. “We wanted him to win.”
“I’m going to have to work real hard myself not to respond, and I hope others don’t respond with hate,” said Clinton supporter Amy Swette.
The initial shock of Tuesday night’s election still hasn’t worn off for many area voters. After a long, arduous campaign, the focus now shifts to what’s next. The overwhelming message from voters is togetherness, although there are skeptics.
“I guess I can only hope so, and I can only hope that the people that are working for him will demand that he do so and that the people of this country take action and demand that as well,” Swette said.
“I do think that if we can stop with the arguing and be positive, I do think that we can come together,” Gbaja-Biamila said.
Deb Stover of the Democratic Party of Brown County said, “If Donald Trump can get people in industry to start paying people more, to bring jobs back over here, that’ll be a great thing, but I’m not sure we’ve seen the route that he’s going to be able to do to make that happen.”
Rich Heidel of the Republican Party of Brown County said, “I do see changes coming for both sides. I anticipate that the changes will perhaps be for the better on both sides.”
Some are struggling with the thought of a Trump presidency, while others believe this could be the start of a better future.
“We have to respond with hope and respect and continued care for one another and our planet,” Swette said.
“We can hold him accountable to being who he’s supposed to be,” Gbaja-Biamila said.