Springfield College reacts to the 2020 Presidential Election


By The Springfield Student Staff
@TheSpfldStudent

Amidst an ongoing election four days since election day, Joe Biden appears to be circling in on making President Donald Trump the first incumbent president to lose a re-election campaign in almost 30 years. However, the American public cannot expect the President to go down without a fight.

On Thursday evening, and non-stop on Twitter, President Trump has relayed a narrative that the election was being stolen from him. He said, “If you count the legal votes, I easily win.”

The President added, “This is a case where they’re trying to steal an election — trying to rig an election.”

The Trump campaign is referring to the historically large number of mail-in ballots that were encouraged by Democrats because of the COVID pandemic, and discouraged by President Trump and the Republican party.

When the east coast woke up on Friday morning, former Vice President Biden had come back to claim the lead in Georgia and Pennsylvania, while also maintaining his lead in Nevada and Arizona. With 253 called electoral college votes by most networks, Biden would win with a victory in Pennsylvania or a win in two of the other states he is currently leading.

Members of The Springfield Student staff collected reactions from Springfield College students and faculty.

Reactions were guided by four questions:

  1. How have you been following this election? (Did you have the TV on? Your computer, phone? Or did you tune out completely?)
  2. Was the way you followed this election different from elections past?
  3. What are your hopes and fears moving forward?
  4. What do you think the country needs from a leader right now?

***Note, several of the following reactions were collected before the final result of the election was announced***

Sabrina Williams
Junior – Hartford, CT

“I have been following the election on my computer using hulu’s live stream of ABC and I have also used social media postings to keep up with information (while fact checking it of course)

This is the first election I have followed due to the amount of knowledge I have now that I am older as well as personal concerns regarding the final vote. I wanted to stay as informed as I could because this election is going to impact millions of people including myself and I wanted to be as prepared as I could be.

I am hoping people will begin to see the injustices that have been embedded in our country as well as the concerns all people of marginalized communities and their allies see or encounter everyday. I am very worried about how divided this country has become especially in regards to this election. It is very concerning to see that as opposed to spreading hope, compassion, and a message of unity we are seeing many messages of power and hate. Personally I am concerned for my safety and the safety of others that look like me. However, to end on a hopeful note I am hoping overall this election will begin the process of unity. Although it may be a slow process I am hopeful that the country can get there.

I think this country needs a leader that is going to embrace and work towards unity and safety. We need someone who is going to care about the health of those impacted by covid. I think we need a leader who is going to make tough and unpopular decisions for the betterment of this country.”

Sara Labadorf
Huntersville – North Carolina

“I have been using TV, computer, and Snapchat news. I have definitely not tuned out.

I hope that our country can not be so divided based on parties. I would love for a middle ground candidate who could appease almost all. I also hope that soon I will be able to vote in an election where I’m not picking the least worst candidate. My fears include what happens after this election no matter who wins. People will most likely be upset, and I am worried for what actions that will turn into.

Unity and someone to bring us together. A country should be like a team and our president should be our team captain pulling us in to work together to accomplish goals and get through challenges.”

Anne Wheeler
Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

“What is being called “Election Stress Disorder” is a very real thing. As someone with a predisposition to anxiety, leading up to the election, I had to be extremely strategic about how much election-related media I chose to consume. I rarely watch televised or visual coverage of the candidates, and I did not tune into the debates as I didn’t want to witness…



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