At 6:00 a.m. following election day, many of the booths at the Paris Coffee Shop were empty. For many of the people who already gathered at the popular local restaurant, president-elect Trump was their candidate of choice.
Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. The new president-elect earned 290 electoral votes. His democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, earned 228 electoral votes.
Trump’s win is being called one of the biggest upsets in presidential election history. Many news outlets gave Clinton a 90 percent chance of winning the election before Nov. 8.
Despite these statistics, Kelly Shannon said he was not surprised by Trump’s victory.
“He struck a very strong nerve in this country,” Shannon said. “I think there’s a greater opportunity with an anti-political establishment candidate than more of the same that we’ve had in the past.”
Tony Gonzales said he stayed up late to find out the results of the election. Although the outcome of the election surprised him, Gonzales said he was pleased that Trump won.
“It takes a lot of work and a lot of votes to counteract all the media was trying to do for Hilary Clinton.” he said. “I wasn’t sure he was going to be able to do it, but it was very historic.”
Many republican leaders also said they were stunned by Trump’s unexpected victory.
According to the Associated Press, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump’s win was “the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime.”
To Esther Ortiz, a hospital eligibility specialist in Fort Worth, Trump’s victory marked the end of a very long and negative campaign.
“The election has been very childish,” she said. “Honestly I would leave my television. I didn’t want to hear the things they were saying.”
Ortiz said she hopes Trump will lead the nation to unification.
“There has been so much division,”Ortiz said. “I’m just hoping we can all come together.”
Ortiz, who said she voted for Trump, said she thinks it is important for the country to move forward.
“We can’t change the past. We can’t change what has happened,” she said. “So let’s just go forward from this point on now. Let’s work together so other countries around the world aren’t laughing at us.”
Hear more from Ortiz below.