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Donald Trump’s election stirs up C.O. emotions


The campaigns have ended, but for many, the debate is far from over. As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, the nation — and Central Oregon — remain divided, and reactions are all over the board.

“I think like most people, I just cried.” Paige Matthews, an LGBTQ activist, said Wednesday.

Many Americans are faced with strong emotions as Trump prepares to become our next president.

Eric Priller owns Trigger Happy Guns, a Bend gun shop. He said he’s relieved by Hillary Clinton’s defeat.

“Me and most of my customers were pretty much worried that she was going to (win the election), and she is against firearms, and she did say she wanted to initiate the gun ban again,” he said.

Priller said Clinton’s election could have threatened one of the reasons he loves living in Bend.

“It’s so great. It’s so beautiful, so many places to go hunting and fishing,” he said. “I just love Central Oregon, and to know that there are so many places to go hunting and fishing, and knowing that a future president might come in and take it all away, it kind of hurts me, knowing my kids can’t grow up and have firearms.”

Still, some others find the voters’ decision hard to believe.

“I guess in a lot of ways it does feel like a personal attack,” Matthews said. “Because people literally made a decision that would hurt me, and hurt my friends and hurt a lot of people that we love.”

Many are anxious to see what happens when Trump takes office. One of the first things he said he’ll do is repeal Obamacare, a decision that would affect millions of people.

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