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FIGHTING CORRUPTION—State House candidate V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery tells the Great Debate audience she’ll get rid of corruption in the Mon Valley starting with her indicted opponent Mark Gergely. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

FIGHTING CORRUPTION—One Republican who didn’t catch the wave was V. Fawn Walker-Montgomery, who lost to incumbent Marc Gergely, D-McKeesport, who has been indicted on multiple corruption charges related to illegal gambling. She thanked everyone who supported her, even though—as a lifelong Democrat she was forced to run on the Republican ticket. (Photo by J.L. Martello)

The powers-that-be warned that Donald Trump’s supporters could turn violent and never accept the results of the election if he lost. Instead, it has been Hillary Clinton’s supporters who have protested and rioted in numerous urban centers since their candidate lost the Nov. 8 general election in stunning fashion.

The same powers-that-be also said there was a 1-percent chance Trump would win. Assuming the margins in Michigan and New Hampshire hold—counts are still not official—Trump will have won 306 Electoral College votes from 30 states and Clinton 232 Electoral College votes from 20 states plus Washington, D.C.

“It’s now time to begin to heal our nation and come together to achieve real, measurable results for our nation.”


Though there were protests to Trump’s victory locally, they did not turn violent—though police did use smoke grenades to disperse a crowd in East Liberty. It solicited a public rebuke from Mayor Bill Peduto, for which he later apologized, saying police should not have used “riot tacticts.”

The protests came one day after Chief Cameron McLay—who showed a deft hand at keeping protests and police, from escalating hostilities—officially stepped down.

Other reactions were less volatile, but still emotional. Former Democratic Allegheny County Commissioner Mike Dawida said he was “still scared” thinking about a Trump presidency during a post election appearance on PCNC’s NightTalk. But Republican Bob Cranmer, his former fellow Commissioner, said he had an inkling the Trump win was coming just because of the support he saw outside of the city.

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