How did Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton? What does it mean for our area? And what else happened Tuesday night? We conduct an election post-mortem with news columnist Jerry Large and assistant digital editor Gina Cole.
In Episode 10, we discuss Trump’s win and its potential aftershocks with Seattle Times news columnist Jerry Large and assistant digital editor Gina Cole.
What happened in the presidential election? Why? Were Puget Sound voters stuck in a deep-blue bubble, unaware Trump actually had a chance? And what will the Trump presidency mean for Seattle, Washington state and the Pacific Northwest? We ponder those questions and others.
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“We tend to look around us and see whatever is around us as the norm, and it really isn’t,” Large says of bewilderment in the Seattle area. “Because this was such an unusual election, it felt like it wasn’t going to happen … We still should have had a clue, anyway.”
At 5:30, Cole describes what Times reporters saw Tuesday night as voters reacted to Trump beating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“It was a sad night for a lot of people. It did seem like there was a lot of disbelief and a lot of grief,” she says. “We had reporters talking to people who were in tears at bars around the city.”
At 10:25, City Hall reporter Daniel Beekman explains why Mayor Ed Murray this week promised that Seattle would remain a so-called sanctuary city for immigrants despite Trump’s election, and why Murray is worried about the city’s federal funding.
Though the Republican nominee made racist statements and relied largely on white voters, at 13:35 political reporter Jim Brunner says local Trump supporters are insisting the election wasn’t a victory for racism.
“They just felt in the end like Donald Trump understood where they were coming from and that Seattle liberals and Hillary Clinton didn’t,” Brunner says.
But Large says, “We can’t look at Trump voters and sort of absolve them of any kind of attachment to his racism, to his misogyny.”
The columnist says, “If you look at a candidate who has the record he has, who has repeatedly said and done things that are against the interests of minorities, of immigrants, of women, and you support him anyway, then I think people are right to question your values.”
Washington voters passed a statewide minimum-wage hike. Puget Sound voters approved a mammoth transit measure that will add 37 new light-rail stations and cost $54 billion. Seventh Congressional District voters sent Bernie Sanders-endorsed Pramila Jayapal to Congress. And Seattle voters backed new rights and protections for hotel workers.
At 18:00, Cole wonders whether local lawmakers will be able to make progress on their priorities without support from the White House, and at 30:20, we acknowledge that many people in our area are very afraid about how Trump’s presidency could change their lives.
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