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Cecil B. Moore Avenue Philadelphians react to the 2016 Presidential Election


Philadelphia is a Democratic stalwart in a swing-state gone Republican. The people who live here hold a wide variety of opinions from a wide variety of backgrounds. Along Cecil B. Moore Avenue there are different communities and neighborhoods from Front Street all the way west to 33rd Street. Within these communities there are individuals who strive to better both themselves and their city. They know that the results of the 2016 Presidential Election will impact the rest of their lives and they are preparing for the future. This election has polarized the United States as a whole. When the results came in Donald Trump won the electoral college 306-232 over Hillary Clinton. The following day, protests formed in major cities such as New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia to oppose the results and their implication moving forward. These protests were given more a stronger basis when Clinton’s lead in the popular vote slowly grew to nearly two million. The electoral college has been used by the United States since its very first election in 1788. It was adopted to help smaller states hold importance in national elections. After the recent election its usage has been called into question by some while others have claimed this the reason it exists. Citizens who live throughout the Cecil B. Moore Community share their thoughts and views on all these issues here. Whether they voted third party or didn’t vote at all their opinions and concerns matter as the city and country move forward.

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Bridget O’Hanlon, 20, lives at Temple Towers Residence Hall on the campus of Temple University at the corner of 12th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Bridget reflected on election day and the day after, “I was excited to vote because it was my first time. After the results I think the rainy day kinda showed the moral was low on campus. It was not what I was expecting, but that’s okay because I went to bed thinking one thing and woke up thinking another, almost like a surreal dream, and when I went to class it felt like everyone was a zombie, so I guess observing that was interesting.”

Krista Palermo. Photo by Geneva Heffernan.

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Melvin Gilliam, 58, lifetime Philadelphia resident, says he wants to wait and see what President-elect Trump can do for us in the White House. “I’m not prejudice to who won the election, we been known who was gunna win it, they predicted that he was gunna win,” he said. “So we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.”. Uber Street and Cecil B. Moore Ave.

The Philadelphia Police Department kept protesters safe by blocking off oncoming traffic and escorting the crowd, they also did not react to chants of “Fuck the FOP” and “The FOP has blood on their hands” on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016.


Daryl Weeks and his daughter live by 9th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. “I just was shocked that this guy got in office without knowing nothing about politics. Money is the ruler of all evil, ya know? I guess we’ve gotta give him a shot, gotta give him a shot, see what he can do. We gotta get the jobs in the United States and keep them in the United States, as far as the jobs in Indiana, that’s supposed to be announced today, so we’ll see.”

Omar “Cartier” Turner, 23, says he is outraged by the outcome of this election. After voting for Hillary he was shocked and disagrees with much of what President-Elect Trump has to say. “”She seemed like she was more willing to care for the people more than he does,” he said. Turner, someone who has lived in Philadelphia for his entire life, does not think President-Elect Trump is going to benefit the city. “I don’t feel as though he’s good for our city,” he said. “On the simple fact that he’s all about money.” Turner felt as though Hillary could have provided support specific to cities like Philadelphia. “She wanted to deal with our healthcare, she wanted to benefit the independent parents in the city,” he said. “Donald Trump, he want to stop abortions for females, he want to basically start racism again.” Turner understands the benefits of public programs and disagrees with the idea of them being taken away from hard working people. He went on to say that President-Elect Trump wants to “divide us as people” by threatening to deport people who have immigrated to the United States for a better life. Even further, he feels that Trump is out of touch with many Americans. “Its deeper than money because there are people out here that depend on welfare and stuff like that,” he said. “Him being rich already, he doesn’t have sympathy for people from smaller areas, or middle class people or the lower class people.” Mostly, Turner wants people to understand despite the hateful and racist rhetoric being thrown around throughout this election, that we are all equal and feels that Trump will not uphold that moral standard in his time as president. “He’s saying like oh he’s Mexican, he’s from here or he’s Asian, he’s from here or he’s black, he’s from here,” he said. “No, you can’t do that, you can’t judge based on race or ethnicity.” (inside of Gary’s barber shop on Cecil)

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Cameron Smith, an employee at iGeeks located at 1516 Cecil B. Moore Avenue described his initial and lasting reaction to the results of the election. “I got very drunk, I cried, and am still generally disappointed in America.” Smith has a grim outlook on the next four years saying, “I am mostly just hoping for the inevitable heat death of the universe to happen faster.”

Krista Palermo, 19, is a resident at Beech International, Temple housing located slightly off campus at 1520 Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Even though Palermo voted for Hillary Clinton, she was disillusioned by the election in general. “To be honest I didn’t really care who won because I didn’t like either candidate, but I feel like the way people reacted toward Tump winning, that was kind of disturbing… I feel like people were really rude about it on both sides. I have a friend that goes to school in Louisiana, and she was saying that some of the people who voted for Trump, when he won, cuz she’s black, they were saying the N-word to her and other black people… But I feel like up North [in Philadelphia] if someone voted for Trump, Hillary supporters would just come at them and I feel like that was really messed up too. I feel like the immature people on both sides were just acting really out of hand.” For Palermo, the presidential election is not as important as she feels some are making it out to be. “The president doesn’t have that much power and I don’t think that much is going to change, and I feel like people are kind of overreacting saying our country is going to go to sh*t, and it’s like no, it’s a democratic country and he’s not going to change anything really, that’s how I felt about it.”

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Michael Cobb says “I did vote Hillary, but sometimes elections like these turn around to the other side. And unfortunately we have now is not a popular vote.�

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Nick Masserelli, 22, lives on 5th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue and is excited by the aftermath of the election that has been transpiring in Philadelphia. “[The outcome of the election] is sad, but you see when tragedy happens people unite, you see a lot of people getting together to protest, and uniting that way, it’s kind of exciting… It’s exciting that people care, that people are passionate about it.” Despite his admiration for the protests Masserelli has not participated in any himself…yet. “I would [protest] if the opportunity was presented to me, but right now, I don’t know [pausing to think] yeah I would, I think I would.”

Freddie Bolinder, 19, lives in the 1300 Residence Hall at Temple University and “I didn’t vote for either of the candidates because I didn’t think either would make a good president, so I was just watching it from a neutral perspective, and I fully expected Clinton to win too [like his roommate Kemp had said], I just thought it was funny that they were neck-and-neck the whole time, and it was just that not even being a supporter of either side I was still watching because I wanted to see what was going to happen and which side was going to win and I just thought it was crazy that Trump actually pulled off a win when Clinton had so much more money and everyone thought she was going to win and everything and he won and I thought that was funny.” While Bolinder does not think too much will change during Trump’s time as president, he did have one difference in mind, “I think the only big change will be that Trump’s going to make headlines wherever he goes, with whatever he does because he’s not another politician doing the same old thing just over and over. He’s going to be a new guy and he’s going to be talking with Putin, that’s pretty crazy, but if something does change and it’s not good then I’ll definitely be against it.”

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James Steins, 20, lives by 5th and Cecil B. Moore and was put off by the recent election. “I didn’t vote because I didn’t feel like I had any options. I’m not going to sit there and vote for a lesser evil because then I still feel like I’m voting for an evil, so I just decided that it is better for me to abstain my vote.” Steins explained how this decision has made him feel less dissatisfied by the outcome of the election than some of his peers. “[Not being upset] is the benefit of not voting at all, because I don’t have to be swayed and disappointed by the results of the election, because I can just be like, ‘Well, I didn’t have a bid in it, whatever, it doesn’t matter… I feel like the next four years wouldn’t be any different if we had Hillary or Trump as president, so, does it really matter on the grand scale of things? Probably not.”

PJ Compagnino, 21, a resident living on 18th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue felt anger after hope during the election. “I was mad, but at the same time I really wasn’t that surprised just from the way everything was going, I just had a feeling it would turn out that way. I didn’t want to be a pessimist though, I had hope, but it is was it is. It’s probably going to be pretty bad for the next four years, and yeah, that’s my thoughts on it.”

Brett William Smulligan, 21, an ardent Bernie Sanders supporter living at 18th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, spoke of his reactions to the election. “I was very upset, I wasn’t surprised though because Hillary Clinton was no doing so well on the campaign trail, she wasn’t going to the places she needed to go, or reaching out to the people she needed to reach out to… I wasn’t surprised, but at the same time I was, if that makes sense, because like who could think that Donald Trump could win, that’s like completely ridiculous, but he did and she screwed up so.” Brett’s forecast for the future is fearful, “I’m terrified, absolutely terrified. I think he’ll do a really bad job and probably get ousted in four years, but I am definitely terrified because he can do a lot of damage in four years, but I’m hopeful that after he’s don doing his nonsense that everybody will look to somebody who can actually do something good, so I’m confident about that.”


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Krista Palermo. Photo by Geneva Heffernan

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Evelyn Accooe, 72, lives in the Gray Manor apartments at the corner of 8th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. Accooe was particularly disheartened by Donald Trump’s discourse. “If Trump had not said the things that he said, then I could go along with it, but with the different speech between what he talked about and what he said, that really threw me off. I think even more people would have voted for him if he hadn’t said what he said about the women and all the different things, that wasn’t nice, that was not nice at all… He seemed so childish, and that was one of the things I did not like, but this is what we got, there’s nothing else we can do about it.” 15


Kathy Snyder, 54, of Fishtown works as a crossing guard outside of the Moffet School near Front Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. In the Nov. 8 election she did not vote for either major party. “I voted Libertarian, only because I didn’t like my choices, a lot of us just weren’t happy with the selection we had.” Snyder is interested in seeing what Trump’s presidency will hold. “He’s going to be radical in making changes that need to be made and it’s going to unsettle a lot of people and I’m not sure if it’s going to be a good thing or a bad thing.”

Ellen Harper works near the corner of 11th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, felt that Trump’s victory was heavily based on gender. “I didn’t vote, but I knew they weren’t going to let a woman be the president, that’s the reason why Trump won, and I really think he shouldn’t have won, because he’s clueless about office and he don’t know anything. They gonna let a pedophile become a president? That’s messed up. They really need to look into that, but I don’t fear nothing, I’m a child of God, so He’s going to work things out, because He’s not going to give us more than we can bear. So it’ll work out, [Trump] ain’t going to be there four years, I don’t even think he’s gonna do a year.”


Peyton Smith, a worker at Hue Fusion Market on the corner of 16th and Cecil. 17


Anthony McCoy, who lives three blocks from Cecil B. Moore Avenue, voted for Hillary Clinton within this presidential election. He voted for her because of the negative things Trump had represented to the public he did not agree with. He was interviewed between 22nd and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in Philadelphia, Pa., on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.

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Tony Cortez, a homeless man sitting on corner of 15th and Cecil said “I’ve been around Philly all my life. Cecil used to be so dangerous you couldn’t walk down here at night.”. He then added “Trump messed up a lot of black people’s lives. Trump ain’t ready for this; he’s gonna get up in that chair and not know what to do. I voted for Hillary. A lot of people think she’s crooked but I think she’s not. She was the first lady, she knows what to do. I would have loved to see her win.”

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Elijah William (aka Frog), a barber at 1617 Barber Shop located on the corner of Willington and Cecil “I’ve been in Philly all my life. I’ve been working here for eight months now. I love Cecil B. Moore because there are so many Temple kids from different backgrounds. people of all different cultures live around here.” 22


Melanie Smith, takes the bus from the corner of 11th and Cecil B. Moore Ave after working at Temple University. “I was disappointed a little after the election. I don’t know [how I feel], I’m confused, I’m worried for the future.”

Roi Greene, 39, with daughter Royce Marie Greene, 6, explained his reasons for voting, “My vote was rather swayed because there were a few things that I agreed with, with Trump, but Trump kind of went over the top with some of his jargon and some of his personal feelings, which all people have, but in certain arenas you shouldn’t really air your dirty laundry, for lack of better terms. So that swayed me to vote for Hillary.”

Jessica Hoff, age 24 and resident of 1808 Cecil B. Moore Ave., discusses how she feels about the recent election results in a positive light. “I’m actually just trying to stay hopeful. I don’t want to waste any energy hating the flaws of the president when nothing would come of it. I hope Trump proves all his skeptics wrong, not for him, but for us. I’m trying to stay positive because honestly I’m tired of getting upset over the words/actions of every politician. I don’t think we should let one person divide us as a nation. We need to stick together and pay attention so we don’t lose our power.”


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Danny Davis, of West Philadelphia, hopes that we do not go backwards in society with our new President-Elect, Donald J. Trump. He spoke next to the YMCA between Cecil B. Moore Avenue and 22nd Street in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 16, 2016.

Kevin Lee, age 19, from Southwest Philadelphia, states what he feels about the negative aspects of the recent election. Lee says, “My opinion on the election really shocked me. I didn’t think we would really have that many republicans. I thought it would be different. I feel like some people, like the white race, they’ve kind of switched a little. Some of them are a little bit more racist now... and I wonder how such a person [can] influence them so much.... and it’s really sick in my head and it’s all I really think about.”

Jason Kemp, 19, lives at 1300 Cecil B. Moore “So I was first watching it and I fully expected Hillary Clinton to win, and I was watching the returns and I saw Trump ahead with the first few states reporting in and I was like, ‘What?! How can that happen?’ Because like, every single person I talked to was a Hillary Clinton person or Hillary Clinton fan and it turned out Donald Trump was ahead and stayed ahead the entire time and ended up winning, so I was extremely surprised.” With the presidency in mind Kemp continued, “I think America is not going to change that much, it’s not going to burn and go down to h*ll like all those protestors thought no one is going to take away your rights or anything, I don’t think that America is going to change so drastically, it hasn’t changed drastically in the past eight years anyway, so I think we’ll be okay.”


John, 51, lives on Howard and Cecil B Moore. He said “Well my feelings for the results are a little bit removed because I’m not American citizens I’m actually from Canada. I have a green card. So I’m very nervous because I don’t know what the immigration policy, if they change and you know I may be affected by the immigration changes. I’ve lived here for 25 years and I’ve had a green card, and I have always felt very safe with a green card but know I don’t feel safe with the green card.” 27


Adaisah Johnson, 21, did not vote. “I did not vote this election,” she stated. “I just felt like my vote didn’t matter. I know I shouldn’t have thought that way now.”

Robert Cochran, 22, is a Democrat who was part of the Clinton campaign. “Working on the campaign this fall, it was really, really hard to see my peers around me becoming upset about the results. They felt very fearful of Donald Trump and what his administration would do,” he stated.

Qydarr Lucien, 19, voted for Hillary Clinton. “I guess a lot of people didn’t want Trump. People think it’s going to be a messed up country because he’s running it. I guess I think that too.”

Gina Dupnik, 22, voted for Hillary Clinton. “Even though they both had their negatives, I feel she was the lesser of two evils,” she stated. “Even though Trump was elected, he’s only one person, and he can say all he wants about building walls and alienating people. But he has so many people to go through with checks and balances that I feel like our country is in safe hands. I’m just honestly more concerned about his followers. Now that they think he’s in power, what are they going to do? And how are they going to effect people that were talked about differently or poorly during his election?”


Sharif Muhammed, 60, is part of Temple’s Community Watch and has lived in the area his whole life. “I voted for Miss Clinton,” he stated. When asked about the topic of minority voters in the United States, he stated “we are under-represented, very misunderstood and very mischiefed. The only positive that can come from this election is denouncing Donald Trump.”

Michael Joseph Merritt, 53, is a retired man who runs a ministry. He did not vote. “When the Lord Jesus sent me to Jerusalem, he taught me a number of things about sin,” Merritt explained. “He gave me some lists of sins common to man, and unique to women. One of the sins common to man is that as a believer in Jesus Christ, you are forbidden to vote for anyone who works against the Holy Scripture, and against God. In my lifetime, I’ve never ran into a politician that did not compromise their faith.”

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Amanda, 34, lives in Waterloo and Cecil B Moore. On the election, she said “I really believe that Hilary should’ve won because I think that we should have a chance to have a woman in office for once. I just don’t think he is a good President, he’s done TV shows and he has a lot, and he doesn’t seem serious enough to be President. At least Hilary had some experience because her husband was President.” 30


Will Catron, 34, originally from Los Angeles and now lives in Kensington said on the election ““How do I feel, how I imagine people feel, it’s a complete total disaster. I lean more towards Democrats, Hilary wouldn’t be my choice, but she’s much better than Trump.” 31


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Nina Mutallip, an Opera Major getting her Masters degree, and resident on the 1800 block of Cecil B. Moore Ave., just moved to the United States a couple of months ago to not being able to vote, but has witnessed a lot of the actions taken place after the election. Mutallip says, “I don’t know. I mean I just saw a lot of sad faces and [protests] around the school after the election. I still do not know much about American politics. I just came to the United States for four months. I just hope I can enjoy the music education here! I love America!”

Contelle Deshields, a worker at Maple Star on the corner of Sydenham and Cecil said “When he first got elected I was very upset. It’s just like when you go to a job nowadays they want you to have experience. It took a business man who don’t have experience at all to become president. Regular jobs you need experience to work there. Who am I to judge though? Maybe he’ll do a better job than we all think.”

Victor Gonzalez, 37, is Dominican and has lived in Philadelphia for eight years. He says he is not political, but understands that this was still a heartbreaking and personal election for many across the country. “This was a bad election, I’ve never seen that here in the United States,” he said. Gonzalez says he noticed a change in the way American politics has been conducted over the years. “A long time ago, a lot of people trying to be president were talking about what they try doing,” he said. “But right now all they talking about is what the other people are not doing you know?” He does not think this is good for the country and thinks we have to wait until after Trump’s presidency to move forward. “This is not a good political time,” he said. “But we have pride for the United States and we just have to wait.” (19th and cecil)


Laverne Stone, a resident of Germantown come to Cecil B. Moore Avenue to attend her doctor’s appointments. Stone expressed hopes that Trump will follow through on his word in the presidency, “I hope Trump does a good job. God’s got it. I hope Trump keeps his promises with a lot of the things he said.”

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Joe Larkin, a 23 year old recent college graduate walks away from the Honeygrow headquarters after his interview. “I voted for Hillary, not because I particularly like her or anything but just because Trump is heinous.” He added “I loved Bernie and I think that losing him as a candidate and the things the DNC did to take him out really swayed the election for Trump”

Tania Hubbard, a 33 year old Cecil B. Moore resident who asked not to have her face shown stands outside of her residence. “I voted for hillary, I have no problems saying that I was with her from the start. She looks out for me she looks out for women and she looks out for black people and always has.” She went on “I went to college and got a good job but a lot of this neighborhood never did and I think a lot of them didn’t vote because the didn’t understand how this would effect them.”


Mark Cander, a 21 year old painter walks to the bus stop at American and Cecil B. Moore after being sent home early from a job. “I didn’t vote, I’m not allowed to for a few more years because of some bullshit I pulled when I was younger but I don’t really think I would have even if I could have. Politics aren’t really something I worry about, shit’s all the same, just a different face.”

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Ashley Greco, 21 and resident on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, admits on how she felt as soon as the election ended to how she feels now. Greco admits, “So at first I thought it was kind of the end of the world. But then he somewhat changed some of his views on things after the fact, which is not the greatest thing we want to see in a president, but also they were on the issues that I thought he was completely wrong in the first place. My hopes are a little higher than they were directly after the election.”

Muneeba Arshad, 17, a senior at a local high school in North Philadelphia, was not surprised by the outcome of the election and says she expected it. However, she has not felt any direct influence on her life since the news broke on the early morning of November 9. But, she does describe some experiences that have occurred since finding out that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States. “Overall, it hasn’t really affected me that much as of now, but I mean I’ve seen that a lot of people are a lot more open about their hatred of like me, for being Muslim,” she said. “I’ve received some comments that are kind of disrespectful that no one would have said before like they are now.” (Gratz and Cecil)


Gregory Parkere, 57, has lived in Philadelphia for most of his life and was not surprised by Trump’s win. “I was not shocked at all because its like sometimes you have some people who can out strategy someone else, and thats what he did.” he said. Despite this, he felt that Trump’s efforts were not serious. “I felt he thought it was something he could do for entertainment,” he said. Although he is unsure how the country can move forward from this, he believes and hopes people can find positives in the coming years. “It seemed very negative in the beginning, but I’m sure there’s good things involved also,” he said.

Mitzi Hannah, age 19 and resident on Cecil B. Moore Avenue, sits with roommate to talk about the recent election. She says, “Unlike many of those I know who are terrified of Trump’s presidential victory, I am mostly interested in seeing the actual aftermath of his Presidency. I want to see in hat direction he will steer this nation, and how he will manage international affairs.”


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