Let’s be honest: Nobody predicted Donald Trump would win the presidential election (except, unfortunately, Bill Mitchell). Perhaps because of this, no one predicted the strange and varied ways Americans would react to Trump's victory, either.
Two responses in particular dominated post-election news coverage: the spree of hate crimes and series of protests that sprung up around the country. But the world had a variety of weird, unexpected reactions that slipped largely under the radar.
Setting off the festivities...
People aren't buying guns.
Bear with us for a second. Yes, Trump is a big proponent of the Second Amendment. Yes, his win is a major victory for the gun lobby in the long run.
But in the short run, gun sellers and manufacturers have reason to be concerned. Stock prices for Sturm, Ruger and Smith & Wesson both dropped 20% in the two days following Trump’s election.
Earlier this year, Hillary Clinton's support for expanded background checks and an assault-weapons ban sent conservatives into a gun-buying tizzy. Ruger's gun sales spiked 19% in August, when gun owners feared Clinton would claim the White House.
But with Clinton out of the running, and Trump in control, Second Amendment fans no longer feel the need to stockpile their weapons. That means a better night’s sleep for gun owners, but lower profits for gun sellers.
But they're investing in private prisons.
On the other side of the spectrum, stock prices for private prison companies soared after Trump's victory. Shares in CoreCivic — America's largest private prison contractor — rose 58% shortly after Trump won. Shares in the second largest contractor rose more than 28%.
That's a drastic departure from this August, when president Obama announced that the Bureau of Prisons would phase out the use of private contractors. Stock prices for both major contractors dropped by 25%.
But Trump is, unfortunately, no Obama. The president-elect campaigned on a law-and-order platform, and also plans to detain and deport 2 to 3 million immigrants. Investors expect the prison population to surge under his rule.
Mexicans rushed to get into the US.
The number of migrants trying to enter the United States spiked dramatically heading into 2016. Between October 2015 and February 2016, border officials detained 150,304 migrants — a 24% increase from the same time last year. As Trump neared victory in October, attempted border crossings surged by 17%.
The reason behind this surge? Immigration officials told CNN many migrants see this as their last chance to enter the US.
"They all know about president Trump," one official told CNN. "They all know about a wall."
LGBTQ couples raced to the courthouse.
In January, Trump said he would strongly consider appointing justices to overrule the decision on same-sex marriage. He's already set to make one appointment once taking office, and one more could flip the balance of the court against gay marriage.
Some LGBTQ couples aren't willing to take that risk.The Buffalo, New York courthouse saw five same-sex marriage applications the day after the election. They usually get five in a week.
Loran Marsan and Jolena Hansbarger of Athens, Georgia got hitched that same day.
"This is something we can do right now that shows that we're not going to be stepped on," Marsan told The Athens News. "That we're still going to do what we want and exercise our rights and love each other."