MIAMI COUNTY — In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprising win over Hillary Clinton, the heads of the local Republican and Democratic parties reacted to the news, offering different perspectives on the nation’s future.
“It was a historic night for the country,” Miami County Republican Party Chair John “Bud” O’Brien said. “We had the ultimate outsider elected to the presidency of the United States.”
The GOP also took control of the House and the Senate, O’Brien noted.
“In terms of Republican outlook for the future, it looks bright today,” he said.
Following the election, O’Brien said it’s now time for the party to come together and work toward the betterment of the country.
“I’m absolutely amazed and dumbfounded,” Miami County Democratic Party Chair Dave Fisher said. “People are scared.”
According to Fisher, Trump will have to make good on the big promises that appealed to his supporters — like building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico or punishing women who seek abortions — or risk alienating his base.
Fisher also noted that, although many Trump supporters claimed they wanted a change from establishment politics, they re-elected for the most part many of the same Republican politicians that “didn’t do a thing for eight years.”
All in all, Fisher said, Trump’s election does show that the political establishment — of both parties — is out of touch with what voters want.
“The establishment, both Republican and Democrat, really needs to take a step back. People are angry,” he said.
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