Langara students are angry and afraid at news that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.
Trump confounded polling experts by winning the presidency on Tuesday night. Hillary Clinton, his opponent, conceded defeat on Wednesday morning.
Students react to a Republican win down south
First year general arts student Clarissa Rempel was shocked that Americans elected someone that campaigned on racism and bigotry.
“He’s racist, homophobic, he’s everything wrong with this world,” Rempel said. “People are aware of that yet they’re still choosing to elect that, like him. It’s really sad for everyone who’s a minority watching it and being aware. I can’t even put it into words.”
Rempel believes that a Trump presidency will validate the worst of human behaviour.
“…they were saying ‘now that Donald Trump’s elected I can go out and grab girls by the p**** tomorrow’ and that is the thing that people are getting from this.”
Second year theatre arts student Caitlin Volkert is worried about what the future will look like under Trump.
“I’m a little bit terrified,” Volkert said. “It has never occurred to me that I might have to worry about war at home and now I’m legitimately terrified that a civil war could break out in a G8 country.
“With somebody so unable to take criticism, someone who reacts so quickly in charge of quote unquote one of the greatest armies in the world and with us so close to that border and with him being [so unpredictable] I don’t know how it’s going to affect us.”
Political science instructor weighs in on what this means for Canada
Paul Prosperi, department chair of history, Latin and political science, said it’s too soon to know how the Trump presidency will affect young Canadians.
“We won’t know until we know what his policies are going to be,” Prosperi said, adding that while Canada won’t be directly affected, it will be indirectly with respect to NAFTA and trade deals.
“Also, of course, international concerns, the use of force, the military,” he said. “There are a whole range of issues which could indirectly effect Canadians. But we’ll have to wait and see.”
Prosperi said the Trump presidency could have impacts on a more local level.
“I think British Columbians, myself included, have a right to be concerned about some of the things he mentioned in the campaign with respect to protectionism,” Prosperi said.
“What we understand to be protectionism, so the idea of having tariffs and renegotiating trade deals, so there is the potential that it can reshape British Columbia’s economy.”
He also said the Lower Mainland could be affected.
“In this province we are reliant on the wealth that is generated from resource extraction,” he said. “Although we might have issues with the nature of this resource extraction, the quality of life here heavily dependant upon it, for good or for bad.
“The Lower Mainland is no different from the rest of the province in that respect.”
President-elect Trump will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.