East Texas Democrats weigh in on Trump victory

East Texas Democrats weigh in on Trump victory
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It was an unexpected turn of events for Democrats nation wide.

"Unfortunately a lot of what Donald Trump had to say resonated with a lot of our friends and neighbors in Texas and around the country," Democratic candidate, Jared Cates said.

Leaving many in shock and tears.

"Confused would be a good word for how I feel," Cates said.

"I feel very sad," Angelina County Democratic Party Chair, Shirley Layton said. "I'm sad for the county, the state, and I'm sad for the country."

The shock of Donald Trump officially becoming the president- elect is still settling in.

"I will respect him as a president going forward, but I am disheartened that we elected somebody who could be so divisive, misogynistic, and say so many terrible things," Cates said. "However it's the day after the election and we have to move forward."

Democrats in Texas have been going hard for Clinton in the predominately red state. Now they said their focus is on the future.

"We need to work together with our counter parts to figure out how we can make it an America for everybody," Layton said.

"I want to see people take invested interest in the rights that matter to them because Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence have some pretty wild ideas on marriage equality, racial equality, and things like that," Cates said. "I don't want to see us go backwards on those issues."

Since Trump will be the president for the next four years, many Democrats in East Texas are hoping for the best.

"The best thing that could come from a Trump Presidency would be his stance on trade deals," Cates said.  "I am one of many democrats who were not real pleased with the TPP. We don't need to see any more jobs shipped overseas, so if he could stay true to what he said on his campaign on that issue, I think that would be one of the best accomplishments."

"I would like to see the democrats come out and work with him as long as his policies are reasonable," Layton said.

As a Trump presidency begins, Democrats in East Texas are encourage others to continue to fight for their beliefs.

"I want to see people stay passionate about what matters to them and get active in the community so we don't have something like this happen again," Cates said.

Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be sworn in on Friday, January 20, 2017 in DC.

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