The Presidential Election: What We Think

History was made in November, and whether you like it or not, Republican Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States of America.

Unsurprisingly, The Dolphin Tail staff isn’t too happy about the choices America has made. To be completely honest, we may not have been happy either way! But the way things are panning out, we think American adults made a mistake Nov. 8.

First of all, Trump is racist, manipulative, sexist, rude, and a liar. We really don’t understand why people voted for him! Maybe they didn’t really understand who Trump really is.

Democrat Hillary Clinton may not have been our ideal choice, but she would have been a much better choice for president. People were scared off by the rumors about her emails, though, and there was the chance that Americans were just scared to take the risk of having a female president.

“Some people would’ve been upset because she was a female,” said Bay Farm parent Joe Dalipe, 39. “We might’ve had more jobs, though. The next generation of children would’ve been comfortable [with Hillary as president] because it opened doors for female presidents, and she wasn’t against race.”

America didn’t know what to think. Many people did not like their choices, and many didn’t tune into the candidates’ rallies or the debates (except you 7th graders, am I right?), so they weren’t educated on Trump or Clinton.

You know, it’s really hard to be president when you’re hated by almost all of America. In the end, America was not ready for either of these two. And though Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, Trump won the Electoral College.

The Dolphin Tail staff fears for the fate of our country. No one really knows for sure what will happen next. 

So, what did we all learn today? When you finally have the opportunity to vote, educate yourselves on the candidates and their positions. Find out what they stand for. And then vote, because voting matters.

brenden dalipeBrenden Dalipe is a staff writer and the Assistant Editor for The Dolphin Tail. Her editorial represents the collective opinion of The Dolphin Tail newspaper staff and does not intend to represent the views of any other person or persons, including Bay Farm School and its staff or administration, or the Alameda Unified School District. Opinion submissions from Bay Farm’s school community, staff and students (of all grades) are welcome and will be considered; send to the editor at