Compiled by Abigail Sanchez
Opinions Editor

After about four days of anxious waiting, the United States finally knows who won the 2020 Presidential Election: Former Vice President Joe Biden and Calif. Senator Kamala Harris. As the election comes to a close, The Quaker Campus has compiled student voices from across the Whittier College campus as they react to the final results of this stress-ridden election to try and gauge the climate and opinions of the students across campus. Here are what your fellow students have to say:

 

“I’m very excited to no longer have a wannabe fascist in office, but that being said, we have a lot more work to do. Not only does the Biden/Harris administration need to reverse the damage done, they need to prove their commitment to moving this nation forward by adopting more progressive policies (I do understand that this could be hindered if the Senate ends up with a conservative majority [or] if they run into problems with a conservative SCOTUS). Neither Biden nor Harris were my top choices. However, I think the American people and even more specifically, the younger generations can and will hold them accountable for the next four years.”

Sarah Morgan, Fourth-Year,
Director of Philanthropy and Captain, Women’s Lacrosse

 

“This is an unprecedented election not only because of the impact it will have, but because of the ways in which COVID-19 have affected it. The effects of this election will last for decades because [of] what it means in terms of climate change and this pandemic. The election has been very stressful because of these issues, along with the growing polarization of America. I believe that this election makes the future for the United States and the world much brighter because we now have a leader that has empathy and compassion for others. The growing polarization of this country has to be dealt with or it will grow beyond repair, and I do believe that President Elect Biden will be able to bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans, and hopefully help lead this nation to a new brighter future.”

Teige Barrett, First-Year

 

“America will go on as it always has although both sides of the isle seem a bit sore especially since there will be action in the fort and the recounts. Regardless, should Biden take office next year we can hope he improves the country, and if not, in four more years a new presidential race will be held and from there the whole show and dance starts again.”

Matthew Enriquez, Third-year
President, Richard M. Nixon Republicans

 

“Honestly I feel like the election isn’t really over, Trump is going to demand a recount and probably sue. There’s rumors of fake ballots (like every year) and if there is a recount I wouldn’t be surprised if the power of the Republican party took advantage and suddenly Trump was president again. Either way, it wouldn’t matter because I’m almost 100% sure that he will get his 8 years. If the left wins then the right will come back stronger to ensure Trump’s reelection. I honestly am not too concerned about the presidential position. I feel like everyone focuses on the big man in the chair and neglects local politics. The reason we don’t see change on the lower level is the same reason Trump’s tax forgiveness for the rich hasn’t helped the poor, trickle down is a fake concept. You can’t expect one person who’s literally untouchable to change your community. People ignored studying major propositions that would directly affect them and checked only one box. If there is any positive outcome of this process I hope it’s that we don’t continue to let the media to decide [for] America. We should be willing and mature enough to hear and attempt to understand each other’s opinions. I will not destroy a Trump flag. I will not allow someone to make me silent. I hope people continue to push to have conversations and being open about how they feel.”

Adele Mora, Second-Year

 

“When I first knew Biden was elected for President, I was sitting in front of my computer, the news was playing in the background on my TV and it was my Uncle who sent my family group chat a text saying “it’s over, it’s a beautiful day”. Then, simultaneously, I heard from my TV that Biden won and has been elected as the 46th president. I was smiling from ear to ear and was so happy that the anticipation was finally over.  I definitely do think America can move forward with Biden as President. I do expect there to be more serious action taken with COVID-19 and I’m hoping for there to possibly be new and helpful actions with Kamala Harris as Vice President.”

—Michelle De La O, Second-Year

 

“The emphasis on voting was really interesting to me, especially the vote shaming that had been occurring across social media. Voting is the bare minimum and not the end all be all, primary tool to seek liberation. I focus my priorities heavily on local elections because that is the most direct change via voting, but I remind myself that [change] occurs so slowly within the political system, we end up having to vote for people that we don’t fully support but it is to believe that we have a say, yet politicians will prioritize profit over people and continue to play the game. This is no matter for complacency to “go back to normal” when we’ve been upholding imperialist powers. Our collective power of the people should be utilized and through being involved within your community. Helping each other through community efforts allows for the directness of impact and action while on the path to seek liberation.” 

—Sumitra Bernardo, Fourth-Year
Member of Women’s Leadership Association

 

“I am overjoyed and relieved that Biden has been elected today. I support a president who believes in science and creates policies that benefit the people in this country. It also makes me so happy to finally see a woman of color Vice President!!”

—Ella Maurer, First-Year

 

“I’m glad we finally have a relatively stable person who can lead us more progressively. Even world leaders are breathing a sigh of relief; I believe that’s really telling of the strain that was put on our international relations. Biden will do a better job in respect to climate change and equality, but we will still need to be critical of him as our 46th president.”

Kat Garrison, Third-Year
General Manager, KPOET Radio
Media Council Representative, Associated Students of Whittier College

 

“While I am not entirely pleased with the results of the Presidential race, there are a lot of positives that came out of other elections, and demographic switches. The Senate for the moment is staying red, which makes Mitch McConnell the most powerful man in Washington, D.C. President-Elect Joe Biden, and his Vice President, Kamala Harris, will have to deal with one of the most savvy and ruthless politicians in the history of this country to get their more liberal policies passed. Another great thing: this cycle has seen the most Republican women, minorities, and veterans win seats up and down the ballot. Republicans are projected to gain seats in the House of Representatives, something that was not expected. Here in California, almost all the seats that were lost in 2018 have reflipped red it appears. Next, Republicans now are in control of a majority of states in the union. This means that when gerrymandering comes around, Republicans will be able to redistrict to get the most Republicans in office as possible. Finally, to top it off, President Trump got the most minority vote of any Republican since 1960, which was the year alumni Richard Nixon was running for office, and nearly 30% of the LGBTQ community voted for Trump as well. There is a clear indication of a political realignment, and the ones that paid attention noticed it. Politics [are] not just about the President, and I would say that things are looking a lot brighter for Republicans than they do for Democrats. That being said, I think that right now, the main goal of the nation should be unity. No more calling Republicans racist and homophobic. This has been completely disproven over and over again, and the stats back it up. Doxxing silent Trump supporters needs to end, and speech has to be set free [as] we bring back an open dialogue for opinions. Joe Biden is indeed my President.” 

 

Eric Dutra, Fourth-Year
Vice President, Richard M. Nixon Republicans
Co -Chairman, California Federation of College Republicans

 

Feature image: Emerson Little / Quaker Campus

Author

  • Abigail Sanchez has been writing for the Quaker Campus since fall 2019 and is currently the Opinions Editor of the Quaker Campus. She is also a freelance writer and has written for two feminist media platforms. She enjoys writing about political and social issues that affect the country and her community. In her spare time, Abigail likes to listen to music, read books, and write fictional stories.

Abigail Sanchez has been writing for the Quaker Campus since fall 2019 and is currently the Opinions Editor of the Quaker Campus. She is also a freelance writer and has written for two feminist media platforms. She enjoys writing about political and social issues that affect the country and her community. In her spare time, Abigail likes to listen to music, read books, and write fictional stories.
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