Mike Rix makes a photo of Holly Cleeland of Burbank as she stands beside a cutout of Donald Trump before they watch the debate with other Trump supporters at the Salt Creek Grille. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal
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On Tuesday night, Trump secured the presidential nomination with 279 Electoral College votes to Hillary Clinton’s 228 in an election that surprised many in the nation.

Trump’s presidential victory was met with both jubilations and frustrations from residents across the Santa Clarita Valley and across the state of California Wednesday.

In Santa Clarita, the reactions to the results were passionate in support of the president-elect and against him.

Maggie Artinian, a student at COC, said she experienced one emotion when the results were announced: surprise.

“I was shocked to the difference in numbers to the electoral college with how big of a gap it was,” Artinian said.  “I thought it would be a lot closer and didn’t expect him to jump ahead.”

Erin Watson, an independent voter who leans more toward the conservative side, could not stand either candidate.

“I’m very unhappy with how it turned out, but I also think that if social media didn’t play such a big factor in the election then it might have had different results,” Watson said.

Len and Pam from Valencia, who asked for their last name not be used, were completely shocked and appalled with the results.

“If you voted for Trump, you disrespected your mother, your wife, your daughter, your sister, your grandchildren,” Len said.  “It’s really unbelievable.”

Pam agreed and said she believes Trump is “too rough” of an individual to be representing the country.  She was hoping last night would have marked the first time a woman was elected president of the United States.

“She might not be perfect, but I think it was time we had a woman president,” she said.

On the other side of the spectrum, Elizabeth Stanfill and her mother Agripina Stanfill could not be happier with the election results.

“I had no doubt that he was going to win,” Elizabeth Stanfill said.

Elizabeth Stanfill and her mother, Agripina Stanfill, an immigrant from the Philippines, both expressed their happiness that there would be “no more corruption in government.”

“I’m grateful that the Clintons are not participating in politics anymore,” Elizabeth Stanfill said.  “I mean there’s a lot of evidence against them or else the FBI wouldn’t be investigating them.”

The sentiment was similar with Michael LaRue, who is both hopeful and optimistic for Trump’s presidency.

“It was necessary for him to win to put an end to the corporation we saw in the final days of this campaign,” LaRue said.

In regards to the inaccurate predictions in the elections polls, LaRue claimed the media had “its own agenda” and was ignoring grass roots people in order to sway the public.

“Are you really using your own critical thinking skills or are you just listening to what the media tells you or what your liberal professor told you?” he said.

School response

Across the state, students at universities and high schools protested the results with walkouts, marches, chants and social media posts.

At University of California, Los Angles, nearly 2,000 people protested the results of the election early Wednesday morning when they marched from UCLA’s campus through Westwood and to Wilshire Boulevard, according to The Daily Bruin.

Students at the university burned a Trump piñata and chanted “F*** Donald Trump” and “Not my president” through the streets.  The protest continued for a few hours until it peacefully dispersed around 4 a.m.

Similar reactions were seen at University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Berkley and San Jose State.

The response was not nearly as zealous in the Santa Clarita Valley, which houses three colleges: California Institute of the Arts, The Master’s University and College of the Canyons.

Representatives from COC, The Master’s University and CalArts, all said it was a quiet day on campus among students and staff.

At The Master’s University there was a slight influx in people wearing the Trump campaign’s signature red “Make America Great Again” baseball hats, according to Robert Jensen, The Master’s University’s digital marketing manager.

Despite the response on both sides of the Trump election news, most of Santa Clarita’s residents expressed their plans to give Trump a chance in office.

“I’m trying to stay positive; it is what it is and it’s only four years,” Watson said.  “I do think that he can make some changes that a politician could not, but I’m just trying to stay positive.”

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Christina Cox
Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.
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  • phil ellis

    “If you voted for Trump, you disrespected your mother, your wife, your daughter, your sister, your grandchildren,” Len said. “It’s really unbelievable.”

    Len, since my wife voted for Trump, I don’t think she felt any disrespect from my vote for Trump. As a person that respects women, I found it intolerable to vote for a lawyer who laughed when she got a rapist off that she knew to be guilty.

  • Ed Shalom

    For those who respect the truth, it is incumbent upon use to delve into the so-called laughter of Secretary Clinton. The context and refutation of this malicious conclusion are documented and debunked below:

    http://www.snopes.com/hillary-clinton-freed-child-rapist-laughed-about-it/

    As such, Mr. Ellis might equally be concerned about the veracity of Ivana Trumps assertion (later partially withdrawn) that Donald Trump raped her. (Please don’t respond with stuff about Bill Clinton, as he was not on the ballot)

    • Jonny Chingas

      (Please don’t respond with stuff about Bill Clinton, as he was not on the ballot) No! Bill Clinton was NOT running But his wife was. The one that condoned his behavior and even threatened his accusers that if they didn’t back off there would be hell to pay. Are you kidding me???
      Reply

  • Brian Baker

    “She might not be perfect, but I think it was time we had a woman president,”.

    And I guess that’s what passes for cogent political thought in far too many people in this country. A vagina is a qualification for public office.

    If I were “Pam”, I’d want my last name withheld, too. I wouldn’t want the general public to know who I was, since I sound like a complete idiot.

  • Nishka

    “A vagina is a qualification for public office.”
    And small hands indicate a small penis for a public office !!!!!!

  • Nishka

    “Santa Clarita voters have mixed feelings toward Trump’s presidential win”
    The only thing that came out of his foul mouth was hate, fear, racism and bigotry !!!!

    The complete absences of decency by his surrgotes and followers will come back to haunt them !!!!!!

  • brp914

    Nishka – It’s time for your xanax. Better yet, return to Berzerkistan.

  • So it sounds like Len and Pam voted for Hillary. That’s OK. It’s their right. But they are so proud of that that they can’t say what their last name is?