The reaction to Donald Trump's presidency win has gotten everybody wondering what the future holds. While the talk of the American election has had the whole world tuned in for months. Everybody seems to have an opinion about the newly outcome of the presidential elections.
For some Americans living abroad, they have been bombarded with questions to who they thought or wanted to win the election but now they have to answer to what they think of Donald Trump being their new president. Adam Weesly from Canada, but visiting South Africa for vacation, is thrilled with the outcome. "I feel like we need to have faith and give Trump the benefit of doubt. Yes he's said some crazy absurd things which I don't agree with but right now America needs someone who can recover the economy. I lived in America for five years and the economy has really downgraded from what it used to be."
On the other hand, Trump's presidency comes as a shock to fellow student Jordan Bernard. Bernard, who is a third year student at Wheelock University but studying abroad at Stellenbosch University, did not believe that this day would actually happen. "My initial thought was how can a man with no healthcare reform, no education reform, and no foreign policy be elected over a qualified candidate who has dedicated her entire life to civil service. I then decompressed and realized that as a white cis gender male, I need to be an ally to the LGBTQI community, to people of color, to immigrants, and to Muslims. The fact that a hateful malicious male can become president shows just how skewed our racist and patriarchal society is and we as the youth need to fight it and fight for the rights of all and show that 'love can truly trump hate.'" Bernard, who's originally from Connecticut, will be heading home in the next couple days now that his done with his semester abroad.
For most South Africans, what does this mean for their country and the relationship with America moving forward? Amos Ndabala, a boutique owner in the township of Kayamandi, cannot help but be grateful that the election is finally over. "America is one country that has a big influence and impact to the rest of the world. You would think a village guy like myself would not be interested to whatever is happening outside my town but in retrospect it does affect me one way or another,'' said Ndabala. Although Ndabala might have not had a say to who might be president, he knows that the outcome will affect him indirectly economy wise in South Africa no matter who becomes president.
Although protests have been sweeping through major cities in the U.S. with the theme 'Not My President', here in South Africa, locals are eagerly waiting to see what Trump's next move is, now that he has won the elections. Trump officially takes office in seventy days.