Why this presidential race triggered such deep, emotional reactions

There’s been intense and emotional reaction to the outcome of the presidential race.

Political analyst John Hart says Donald Trump’s victory is impressive and shows how deeply divided the nation is.

While Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Trump ultimately clinched the presidency.

“We don’t use the total vote count,” Hart explained. “The country does not elect the president. The states elect the president. What happens is people in each state vote for who they want to be president. They elect electors to the electoral college. Then the electors get together, and vote and elect the president.”

Gigi Jones, Trump’s campaign director for Hawaii, said the win was easy.

“It was honesty and a good plan,” she said of Trump’s campaign strategy. “We picked our next president, and I really think he is going to make America great again.”

But like millions of Clinton supporters, the loss affected Honolulu resident Rikki Quintana deeply.

“I actually had tears in my eyes. I could not believe it,” Quintana said. “I actually am nervous because he’s offended so many of these certain groups. and I belong to a lot of them. I’m young, a woman, gay, and lower-income status because I’m just starting out (of college). I’m a little nervous. I don’t know what my status will be in this country throughout his presidency.”

We asked Hart, “What do you think was Donald Trump’s winning formula?”

“I think that’s the right way to frame it. We need to talk not why Clinton lost, we need to talk about why Trump won. One obvious thing to point out is the rust belt,” responded Hart.

Trump clinched the “rust belt” states: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

“He has a huge support among non-college-educated white males. As much as we talk about the browning of America and how we are more diverse, they are still the single biggest voting block,” said Hart.

“It’s affected so many people, so deeply and emotionally. Why do you think that is?” KHON2 asked.

“Well, I think for a lot of people there was the issue of the first woman president. Now that’s not happening, and women perceive a president in Trump who is perhaps, shall we say, anti-woman,” Hart said. “I think there’s a lot of negative reaction about will all the gains fought for in gender lost? He has stated he will overturn things like Roe vs. Wade.”

Hart adds there have been four presidential candidates who won the popular vote but lost the election: Al Gore to George W. Bush in 2000, Andrew Jackson to John Quincy Adams in 1824, Samuel Tilden to Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, and Grover Cleveland to Benjamin Harrison in 1888.

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