TAMPA, Florida— After nearly a week of protests and division surrounding the election of President-Elect Donald Trump, we asked voters on the streets of downtown Tampa to find one nice thing to say about America’s soon-to-be president.
The exercise turned out to be much more difficult than we expected.
“I don’t want to comment on that,” said one Clinton supporter.
“I’m sorry… I can’t,” said another young voter laughing.
Even the candidates themselves found something nice to say about each other during one of the Presidential debates.
“I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted and I think that says a lot about Donald,” said Secretary Clinton.
“She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up. I respect that. She’s a fighter,” said Mr. Trump.
Finally, we found some voters who were willing to at least say something complementary…even if it was in jest.
“If he wears a size 9 and a half we could share shoes,” said one man with a smile. “That’s as far as it goes.”
“He had his own television show…and I’ve never been on TV yet,” said another.
Two people we found with nice things to say about the President-Elect turned out to be Donald Trump supporters.
“Probably doesn’t have too many favors he owes people,” said one voter.
“He didn’t take money…like, he supported himself.”
Since they both supported Mr. Trump, we turned the tables and asked them to say something nice about Hillary Clinton.
“She ran a good race. She’s diligent, a hard worker probably. Probably really determined.”
“I guess it looks good for women that she came that close.”
In the end, it was much easier to get people to be positive about America instead of any individual politician.
“Unity-- Hopefully unity will come here soon,” said one of the Trump supporters. “I think a lot of this has driven us apart but we're all one country and I think that’s important.”