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Saturday 3 December 2016

'I voted for Hillary but I didn't feel all that good about it'

Sweta Chawla from California and Lori McMahon from New York pictured in Dublin's Trinity College.
Sweta Chawla from California and Lori McMahon from New York pictured in Dublin's Trinity College.
Valerie Connor from New York
Gregory Connor from New York

As it became clear that Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the USA, his supporters were few and far between in Dublin.

Among the Americans taking in the popular tourist spots around the capital yesterday, none were willing to show their support for the President-elect.

Instead, those on holiday or living here said they were stunned by the election result.

Lori McMahon, from New York, moved to Donegal five years ago.

She said Trump's win left her "saddened" but she was not surprised.

"I went home in August but did not expect to see such large Trump support.

Worried

"I expected everyone would be speaking about Hillary but there was very little conversation about her.

"It was all about Trump and people wanted to get him into office. I couldn't believe it.

"I am worried about the perception of his hatred and the words he uses to describe women. There are people who say 'yes, that's our future' and that is worrying."

Sweta Chawla, from California, was visiting the Book of Kells in Trinity College.

She said her experience of the election was different.

"In California, it was very pro-Hillary, so that is why it was so shocking and surprising for me. I did not think it was a reality.

"I didn't think either candidate was symbolic of what was best for the country. I voted for Hillary but I did not feel good about it."

However, she said she hopes the election result will have some positive consequences.

"I think it will be a humbling experience for Trump," she said.

"There is a lot of sensationalism about the negativity coming from Trump.

"This is more about people being fed up with the establishment and could turn out to be a positive thing for someone who is so vocal against the establishment to be in it."

Retired couple Valerie and Gregory Connor, from New York, were enjoying their holiday in Dublin but said the election result was worrying. Both voted for Mrs Clinton before leaving the US.

Mr Connor is concerned that Trump will replace the late Supreme Court judge Antonin Scalia with one of his own.

Concerned

"I am worried because there is still an opening in the Supreme Court and he can go ahead and fill that so we will have a Trump-appointed judge.

"I don't believe he is qualified and should not be involved in the presidency.

Mrs Connor added: "A lot of millenials probably didn't come out to vote because they were supporting Bernie Sanders."

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