President-elect Donald Trump has just made two Bridgeville residents a little richer.
President-elect Donald Trump has made two Bridgeville residents a little richer. His Tuesday night victory has deposited some happiness into the emotional bank accounts of Mike Yelverton and Cooper Hearn.
They were smiling from ear to ear in a Bridgeville Wawa the morning after Election Day.
“I was excited to see he won,” Yelverton said. “I’m hoping for a good change in the political system and a nice change for the country.”
Trump’s campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again.” Yelverton believes one way Trump can do that is by improving the economy and focusing on a strategy for keeping illegal aliens out of the country.
“I’d like to see him do some policy reforms with things like border control. I’m not saying it from a racist standpoint, but I want to see it kind of bumped up and taken care of,” he said.
He also likes the idea of seeing the economy improved: “I’d like to see him try to help that and have it going up.”
Hearn would like Trump to make health insurance more affordable.
“He says he’s going to try and take care of it and make it better because our family’s health insurance has just gone through the roof,” Hearn said.
However, not everyone in Sussex County is excited about Trump.
“I’m mad. It’s crazy,” said Brittany Sturgis of Ocean View. “He’s racist and he’s a womanizer and I think he knows how to run a business, but not a country.”
Sturgis voted for Hillary Clinton.
“Everyone loved when Bill Clinton was in the White House and it would’ve been the same family you’re putting back in the White House,” she said. “I’m sure she influenced him then and I’m sure he’d influence her decisions.”
Yelverton defended Trump by saying everyone has skeletons in their closet.
“Everyone’s got something in their past that they’re not proud of. Some people have more. Some people have less,” he said.
“If you’re going to hold someone down on account of what they did in the past, then everyone can be held down and then no one’s fit [to be president], because everyone’s said something that could be [offensive] or said some kind of slang or had a racist moment.”
Trump won Sussex by almost two to one, with 62,607 votes to Clinton’s 39,329. Kent County voters saw a closer race, with Trump edging Clinton 36,989 votes to 33,347. That wasn’t enough to overtake Clinton’s huge advantage in New Castle, where she had 162,905 votes to Trump’s 85,507.
Some Sussex residents weren’t impressed with either candidate and didn’t cast a vote at all. Anthony Thompson was one of them.
“Trump don’t know about politics and with Hillary I think she’s something the world’s not ready for,” said Thompson, of Seaford. “I don’t think the world is ready for a woman right now, because sometimes women take things harder than men.”
With Trump as president, Thompson isn’t confident he’ll do much to improve the quality of life for the working man and woman.
“Trump is going to make the rich people more rich,” he said. “I don’t think he’s going to do anything for the poor people.”