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Parents Struggle To Explain Trump's Behavior And The Election Results To Children

Evan Vucci / AP

Vice president-elect Mike Pence, right, watches as President-elect Donald Trump speaks during an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York.

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Donald Trump is the soon-to-be commander-in-chief after winning one of the most divisive presidential races.

We spoke with a couple Sacramento parents about how they're talking to their kids about the election results. 

Ashley Zabala is the mother of four. She says she's at a loss when discussiong President-elect Donald Trump with her children, especially her nine-year-old daughter.

"I don't know how to explain our president to my children lightly or nicely. Or put it in children's terms as to defining who he is. I don't have a way that I can put it into children's terms."

Zabala says she voted independent.

Trump was able to win the presidency by securing swing states, including Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is most likely to win the popular vote. She says the American people owe Trump the chance to lead.

Anthony Towner is a Sacramento father and says the election results are both good and bad. 

Towner says it's hard to explain to his kids persistence doesn't always lead to success.

"It's not always about the hard work. Even though it's kind of bad to say, sometimes people just get positions off of money or popularity or their dad passed something down, but you still have to work for things though cause hard work does get rewarded. It's just a little different nowadays, though."

Towner says this year's election may make it easier for other influential people to run for the presidency -- even if they don't have a political background. He says he didn't vote.

 Election 2016

Ja'Nel Johnson

Former Health Care Reporter

Ja'Nel Johnson developed a love for journalism and health and science in high school, and decided the combination would make for an interesting and fun career.  Read Full Bio 

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