By Cady Kuzmich
Clifton Park — In the days after a presidential election which shook much of the world, Clifton Park residents were still trying to process the news — Donald Trump is the president-elect. Your Clifton Park stopped by Mocha Lisa’s Cafe in Clifton Park to chat with locals about their personal response to the results and the election as a whole.
“I was pretty surprised with the results. I stayed up until midnight and I was getting pretty upset. The campaign was much more negative than most.”
– Rita Fisher of Saratoga Springs.
“I was totally shocked at the results. I stayed up as late as I could and I was feeling sick. I was crying off and on Wednesday. Most of my friends are liberal so everyone I talked with Wednesday was in the same boat.”
– Hannah Gould of Maryland.
“I’m in disbelief. I can’t comprehend he is our president. I didn’t even vote. What’s just as upsetting is all the crazy stuff people are doing — the riots and protests… Don’t be out in the streets burning flags. It all feels like Candid Camera. Is [Trump] even really invested? I hope he has good advisers.”
– Melissa Mace of Clifton Park.
“It’s nothing short of heartbreaking for our society. He’s supposed to be a role model for our children. Watching debates has been like watching a reality show. I’m just not ready to digest it. We need to allow people to grieve.”
– Dana Bacchelli of Saratoga.
“I was completely surprised. I thought Hillary was really going to get elected. When I woke up in the morning, I turned on the TV and went, “Oh my gosh!” I was in shock. The people voted, I guess. They put in the person they wanted. I just hope it wasn’t a big mistake.”
– Teresa Roberts, of Clifton Park.
“I didn’t stay up. I really thought she was going to win. She won the popular vote and Trump won the electoral college. I personally want the best person for the country — I’m an independent. In the beginning I thought he would be a good president. Clinton has a lot of guts. She’s a strong woman. The people picked someone with no experience or political background… I think Pence will be a good vice president. Let’s see what happens. I was disappointed by a log of what [Trump] said. He was very insulting to women. I think if he runs the country like he runs his businesses then we will be okay. If he does what he says about jobs, I hope he will be a good president.”
– Jenny Curtis, of Clifton Park.