Teenagers Trump America

Teenagers Trump America

Lilli Carlton, Staff Writer

Donald Trump won. The election is over. Some are celebrating Trump’s win, and some are mourning Clinton’s loss. Simultaneously, both riots and celebrations are taking place around the nation.  

For this election, you could say that America is a rebellious teenager.

Tired of the way the government, or our “parent,” was running the country, we rebelled against them by electing a president that is most like us.

Teenagers are prone to disagreeing with both authority and each other and getting into fights… much like America right now.

Trump says things he maybe does not mean because he is tired of their authority; and the things he says can possibly lead to repercussions.

One thing is for sure: our nation is in a transition period, from President Obama’s way of running the government to a new phase, like a teenager moving out and trying to find him or herself.

And America itself seems divided in the process. Many report feeling like there are actually two different types of people. Some say that these people cannot get along, even at ODA.  Can they agree on anything, especially once you consider more the issue over the personality? Two students weigh in with their thoughts.  

Could you say that Trump wants the best for the country?

“Looking at it now, I do,” says Sophomore Kinsey Newhams. “What he says made people not agree at first. I think he really does have the country’s best interests at heart, it’s just hard to tell with some of the things he’s said.”

“I mean yeah, because Trump’s idea of immigration … makes sense,” says Sophomore Celia Miller.

“Yes,” says Sophomore Rachel Redington. “In  their own ways [Clinton’s and Trump’s], they’d thought they’d be the best.”

People are saying Trump may cause a World War III. Would he really want violence?

“No, I don’t think he wants it,” believes Newhams. “I think people are just afraid of what he could say that could offend someone. But I don’t think he actually wants to inflict violence upon our country.”

“I would say no, but the way he talks it could create a lot of violence, like ‘kill them and their families,’ and ‘Punch them,’ and other stuff,” says Redington. “So I would say no, but the way he talks could inflict violence.”

Why do you think Donald Trump won?

“People of the electoral college were more vs Hillary than for Donald,” says Newhmas. “It’s just a matter of winning the bigger states. For the people who actually voted for him, I think that they were kind of stuck on ‘Hillary the liar’ thing. Again, they were more against Hillary than for Trump.”

“I think [he won] because he’s not like a regular politician,” says Redington.

Could you agree that the people who voted for Trump were tired of the way the government was run?

“I don’t feel like Obama was the issue, but other people definitely did feel that in the way the government was run,” says Newhams. “People felt like they needed change.” 

“Yes, they did not like the way the government was being run, so they wanted change,” says Redington.


People on both supporting sides of the election seem to agree with generic questions. If we can agree on some things, why are we still arguing viciously?

Whether you are “With Her” or want to “Make America Great Again,” Donald Trump is the president-elect.

And Trump seems to be the best representation for our rebellious teenager of a nation.

No one can predict how our nation will proceed in January when Donald Trump takes office. Pay attention to the news, stay tuned for more, and remember that “teenagers” need to mature, get along, and do what’s best. Ellen Degeneres may say it best:

“People have been very passionate about this race. And I think it’s because we all love our country — we just have different ideas about what’s best for it, which is part of what makes America great. And I believe we can all come together because if you take away the labels, you realize we’re far more alike than we are different.”