Nfld. & Labrador

6 local reactions to Donald Trump's stunning win

Being in a different country hasn't lessened the passion of those who support or criticize U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

Premier reacts; Trump supporters, critics call in to St. John's Morning Show

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Being in a different country hasn't lessened the passion of those who support or criticize U.S. president-elect Donald Trump.

Dozens of people called into CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show Wednesday morning to react to news of Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.

Premier Dwight Ball also weighed in at an event he held in St. John's.

1. 'I'm afraid'

"I'm absolutely horrified. I'm afraid. And I feel very sorry for the millions and millions of American people who have to put up with this. I'm very, very glad I don't live there," said St. John's author Helen Porter.

"My heart is with Hillary today. I think she is going through hell."

Helen Porter is an author who has received the Order of Canada. (CBC)

2. 'I'm a Trump supporter'

"I'm not against Hillary. I'm against the people who support Hillary," Gary McMullen said.

"There are people who are politicians who are there and have done a lot of work to get there, but I don't think that everyone up there needs to be the political pedigree."

3. Bigger than one person

Premier Dwight Ball remarked that Donald Trump's victory speech early Wednesday morning sounded quite different than the usual tone of his campaign. (CBC)

"Trump's politics — a little different than mine," said Premier Dwight Ball, "but you know, you respect the people. People made a choice, and politics and relationships and countries are bigger than one person."

"I don't think this will have a big impact on Newfoundland and Labrador. We'll just continue to do what we will do, and work very closely with [the U.S.] governors, and work very closely with the [Canadian] government."

4. Like a 'virus'

"Hopefully, it means more people will move up here and increase our population and add to our economy," said medical student John Jeddore.

"A lot of these views that Donald Trump expresses ... is seems like it's a virus, it spread so [easily]. I hope not, but I feel like these views can seep into where we are today, here in Canada."  

John Jeddore is a medical student in Newfoundland and Labrador. (CBC)

5. 'Such disbelief'

"Just watching the polls last night I was in just such disbelief that somebody who just lies and bravado and fear would actually win the presidential election. And the impact on women will be actually huge," said Cathy Moore McDonald, an ex-pat American from Arizona.

"The country is gone to hell in a handbasket." 

6. 'Not just his victory'

"Frankly, I'm still in a state of shock," said Newfoundlander Andrew Adams, who has been living in Texas for 15 years.

"It's not just his victory. He's got the Oval Office, but what's really concerning too is that they've retained control of the Senate, and obviously the House of Representatives, so they've got the sweep of the entire political system down here."

With files from the St. John's Morning Show