Trump supporters begin early celebrations

By Kiona Dyches, BDJ 664.02

Published on November 9, 2016

Republican Party members start their celebrations early. (c) 2016 Kiona Dyches

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Democracy in Action) — As the results of the 2016 election rolled in, Syracuse University’s Sheraton Hotel hosted a “Republican Victory Party.” Republicans from the Syracuse area filled the regency ballroom from wall to wall.

Filled with smiles, laughter, and cheering as they watched the election unfold, voters said they were confident their candidate would take home the victory.

Frank Alagna, who supports Trump, admits that while he was not the ideal candidate, he believes he can give America what it needs.

“I love America and I love being a part of a movement and change in a positive direction,” he said.

Alagna said he believes Trump will put America back on top.

“He’s a great man, he’s a great business leader and he’s done amazing things in his own personal career. He’s dealt with setback and he has rebuilt his personal brand so he knows what it means to be down, and he knows what it is to rise,” he said.

While the event was mostly filled with Republican hopefuls, not everyone there believed Trump had the power to make American great again.

Republican Alexander Wilgocki, told me he disagreed with many of his fellow republicans and does not support Trump.

“I think Donald Trump has some good ideas and I think Donald Trump has some bad ideas and when I look at the candidates all three Hillary, Trump and Johnson, I found I agreed the most with Gary Johnson. So instead of sticking to parties I decided to stick with my principles and vote for who I agreed with the most,” he said.

"Republican Victory Party" in the Regency Ballroom at Syracuse University Sheraton (c) 2016 Kiona Dyches