Jenkins: ‘A lot of concern' among Eagles over Donald Trump's win, but ‘America has spoken'


It was an unusual day in the Eagles’ locker room.
The normal informal locker room chatter about hot new local restaurants, this weekend's college football matchups and who's headed to the next Sixers game had been replaced.
“Now everybody’s talking politics,” Malcolm Jenkins said Wednesday. “They want to talk about foreign policy, the economy. [The election] is the main thing guys have talked about all day.”
And the main theme among the Eagles' players Wednesday morning was the main water cooler conversation around the country.
Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
Jenkins said he spoke for the primarily African-American locker room when he expressed concern for minorities over the next four years.
“I think there’s a lot of concern,” he said. “I know for myself, you just look at all the things Trump has done over his entire campaign and entire process. To now see him in the throne, in the seat, is nerve-wracking for me. 
“And I know my friends [are] just kind of waiting to see what that looks like and if it will reflect anything of what he’s shown already. It’s concerning.
"I think guys are shocked. We’re just trying to figure out. Guys are counting electoral votes, swing states. I think everybody’s just shocked.”
Connor Barwin, like Jenkins, is active in the community and stays closely in tune with political matters.
“I think I was a little surprised,” Barwin said. “I think most people were a little surprised. I figured it would be closer than people thought, but I’m surprised Trump won. But he did, and I hope he’ll be a great president and I wish him luck.”
Barwin said there was good, healthy discussion in the locker room in recent weeks between Trump supporters and Clinton supporters. But he said it never became an issue or divided the locker room.
“The great thing about a locker room, there’s not really many things that can split a locker room.,” he said. “That’s why it’s a great example of people with differing opinions coming together and working together in a normal way. 
“But I’m happy it’s over and I think the whole country is happy it’s over. It’s been a long year and a half.”
Nearly 120 million voters cast a ballot in the presidential race, with Clinton actually winning the popular vote but Trump the electoral vote.
"Being a minority, I think the majority kind of stood out,” Jenkins said. “I know from a popular vote Hillary won. But I think there was a record set for the amount of people that came out and voted. 
“Obviously, I voted the other way, but it’s still one of those times, that’s what America’s all about. You get a chance to put your opinion out there and your vote, and America has spoken.”

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