“I feel bewildered by what I saw”: Kids around the world react to Trump’s victory

Trumped up.
Trumped up.
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Quartz asked parents and teachers around the world to collect their kids’ reactions to the election.

Trump won. How do you feel?

Lily, 14, East Melbourne, Australia: “Trump won the election yesterday and I feel bewildered by what I saw. I am incredibly surprised by what took place last night, it was the complete opposite of what I assumed would take place. I am slightly scared by the thought of someone like Donald Trump running such a large and significant country.”

Nola, 12, Berlin: “I feel he’s not the right person to win. I feel sad. Angry mainly, I guess. A bit scared of what’s going to happen next.”

Yassa, 11, Sargodha, Pakistan: “I don’t feel that good.”

Zoe, 14, dual American-Austrian who grew up in Holland and now lives in Germany: “America is going to go up in flames, simply put.”

Kian, 10, Iranian-British boy in London: “I feel that it is America’s choice they have voted for him. But I feel annoyed and really ashamed of the Americans’ choice.”

Florian, 12, dual American-Austrian citizen, grew up in Holland and now lives in Germany: “I feel like he will start World War III and he will do the opposite of what his campaign is, and he is really going to screw up America.”

Will Donald Trump make a good president?

Jacopo, 13, Varese, Italy: “I don’t think so. He doesn’t know how to use his Twitter account and so I presume he will be hopeless at nuclear codes.”

Alejandra Aguilar, 12, Toluca, Mexico: “He’s a very egotistical person always thinking about how his candidacy will benefit the US and not how he is hurting Mexico and Mexicans with his talk of the ‘wall.’ Mexicans have no rights in the US with respect to health and he doesn’t realize that our labor, or work is fundamental to them.”

Eli, 11, “aspiring football goalkeeping star, drummer, and tow truck driver” in Johannesburg, South Africa: “No. He looks very bossy. If he becomes president he’d just want his way, not the way people had with Barack Obama.”

Georgia, 12, Toronto: “I don’t think so. What I have seen on the news: He makes rude comments to women, and he’s being sexist and bragging about sexually assaulting women, and he’s racist. He wanted to build a wall on Mexico’s border and he wanted them to pay for it. He’s anti-Islamic.”

Yassa, 11, Sargodha, Pakistan: “No, I don’t think he will be on the list of good presidents in the history of good presidents in the US.”

Max, “almost 10,” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: “No. Now that he will build the wall and he will make the Mexicans pay for it.”

Arin, 12, Mumbai, India: “He may if he controls his anger.”

Zoe, 14, dual American-Austrian citizen who grew up in Holland and now lives in Germany: “He is the most racist, sexist narcissistic person that has ever walked the earth. So no.”

Marley, 12, Toronto: “I don’t think he’s a really good role model, so no.”

Do you feel differently about America after these elections?

Saam, 12, Tehran, Iran: “There will be more discrimination and inequalities against minorities.”

Kian, 10, Iranian-British boy in London: “Yes I don’t want to go to America anymore for the next four years . America used to be much more multi-culture now there will be more racism.”

Lily, 14, East Melbourne, Australia: “America will be different for the next four years. I think it is a lot different than I thought it was, with so many people voting for Trump. I do feel less comfortable with America at the moment knowing he is in charge.”

Manuel, 11, Portuguese living in London: “I personally don’t feel different because I am not in the USA. But I think that the whole world will change because the US is the most rich and powerful country in the whole world.”

Yassa, 11, Sargodha, Pakistan: “Yes, I was very fond of Barack Obama and then Donald Trump came and so I am not that happy.”

Max, “almost 10,” Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: “Yes and No. Yes because it has a different president now and no because when I went to New York it was really fun..and I remember that.”

Iiris, 13, Helsinki, Finland: “I’m just really surprised that Americans chose Trump over Clinton after everything he has said, because in Finland a person with such opinions could never be chosen as a president.”

With additional reporting by Lynsey Chutel, Marta Cooper, Abdi Latif Dahir, Nushmia Khan, Georgia King, Lila MacLellan, Annalisa Merelli, Aamna Mohdin, Jill Petzinger, Maria Thomas, and Joon Ian Wong