Seniors React to Election Results, Emotions Range from Fear to Joy

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Charlene McCasland went to bed on Election Night she didn’t know the results. Now she says she is trying to cope with them.

“I’m scared; I don’t know what’s going to happen. My husband, when I got up this morning, said he was just as afraid as I was," she said.

Between calls for bingo at the Southside Senior Center, the Clinton supporter says she now fears for herself, and for others.

“I’m on a lot of medication, one of my medications costs $19,000 a month. I’m afraid they might take it away from us, and that would mean my life. My doctor is Syrian. I know that he brought his family over here for a while when all the problems were happening over there, and he wouldn’t be able to do that now,” she said.

Meanwhile, some of her peers are elated with a Trump victory.

“I feel great. I was surprised and pleased with the results. I was pleased with his change in tone. He said I want to hear from all of you, and I don’t think that’s an idle boast or a fake,” said Michael Heart.

However, not every Trump supporter is as confident.

“I’m a little apprehensive this morning about what has taken place. I’m not saying I’m against Trump, but maybe the unknown,” said Kay Massler. “I just hope he doesn’t let his emotions get the best of him and I think he’s done that in the past,” she said.

She says her nerves now in the hands of a higher power.

“I believe that regardless of who would have gotten in, that if Hillary would have gotten in, or Trump, that, you know, God is still on his throne,” said Massler.


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