I hope the winning electorate that seems to have become so vocal in the hours since concession will soon admit that their votes were based not on policy, but on character, and that millions upon millions will suffer as a result of such a selfish decision.
My first class I went to after the results of the election was, naturally, filled with discussion of said results. It was a Spanish class, and it became evident that for many a fear had washed over them that they would be treated differently, perceived as a threat, or that their families would face safety concerns in their daily lives. Within the class there were also some Trump supporters, and their only remarks to these concerns, which were mine as well, was simply, “I don’t think it’s that big of a deal.” To be told that your worries are invalid and not to be taken seriously is insulting especially considering those supporters are not facing these issues and more than likely never will.
That broken logic was a huge reason, in my opinion, of how Trump won. His remarks and racists speech affected none of his white male supporters – which was most of his voters. They are willing to risk, or are even okay with, this behavior and the potential actions Trump might pursue because it will not affect them. They cannot look past their own problems and issues, and thereby fail to see just how big of a deal this really is. Trump promised them he will make this country great, which is exactly what middle class workers want to hear. He never gave a single plan on how he will accomplish this, but they ate it up anyway because they saw hope in his words, no matter how empty they may be.
To me, too many Americans either can’t or won’t see past the “how does it affect me” mentality when they should be asking “how does it affect us.” We are not a nation of white males – we are a nation of many origins and stories, and to have such disenfranchisement and racial divide is simply un-American and a true disgrace to what our nation has stood for. I worry not only for the well-being of my family for being Mexican, but the well-being of women and all other nationalities, because it is apparent there is a lack of trust and regard for those who are not white, Christian, males. I’m terrified of what these next four years might look like, but I hope those who have voted for Trump placed their hope in the right man, because right now it is not looking too bright for the future of many Americans.
I prayed for the first time in a very long time today
In many facets of my life, I am directly affected by the results of the election. I am an intern at the Florida Democratic Party, and last night and today we here at the office are shocked to say the least; it was a major upset. The bottom line that we have agreed on, however, is that now is the time to strengthen the Democratic Party and make it more approachable to more Americans. It’s more of a time for action than any other. Additionally, I am directly affected as a 20 year old female student who has ambitions to work in politics or foreign policy. It is difficult to imagine myself working under a Trump administration, but I am more energized than before to pursue my goals. I have always been someone who not only respects, but also genuinely enjoys, the government of the United States. It is going to be a challenge for me to accept a president whom I so passionately did not want or expect to win. This is why it is so important to keep alive those values that I hold so dear – inclusion, equality, human rights, smart foreign policy, cooperation, and so many more.
The reality of Donald Trump’s America is now impossible to ignore. For the next four years his face will be plastered on every television screen and it will make me sick. The vomit-induced haze is my realization that Donald Trump is the United States that has always existed. The nausea is a side effect of looking back at the millions of black and brown bodies strewn by the wayside of white America’s path toward progress.
This is my truth of the United States that I will never turn away from. I live on this stolen land. I benefit from the same structures of violence and oppression, and nothing said on Facebook will change that. I can disavow it, and it will stay lurking inside, waiting until I forget it’s there. But because of Donald Trump, that will never happen. Because of Donald Trump I will never forget my past. Because of Donald Trump I will never be silent or silence others. Because of Donald Trump I will not be complacent by relegating my political involvement to the echo-chamber of the internet or the spectacle of the election season. I thank Donald Trump because if I wasn’t a writer yesterday, I fucking am one now.
“The only writer of history with the gift of setting alight the sparks of hope in the past, is the one who is convinced of this: that not even the dead will be safe from the enemy, if he is victorious. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious.” Walter Benjamin
To Conservatives, Congratulations. You have swept the election. You have control of the White House, Senate, House, and will probably have control of the Supreme Court. This is your time to shine. Prove everyone wrong and show us Donald Trump can be a good President, and that you are the best party around.
To Liberals, There are a lot of negatives that have come out of this election, but you have to look forward. I know it hurts now, and I know that it seems hopeless, but try to realize that unity is possible. Look at the positives. This election was the first time an openly gay governor was elected. Recreational marijuana is now legal in California, Nevada, and Massachusetts as well with the four other states where it was already legal. Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas, including some legal roll backs on the drug in Montana. These are all positives things, and things progressives should be proud of. We aren’t going to go back 50 years, Trump isn’t going to become a fascist dictator, and most of all, America is still going be here in four years. We are all on the same team as Americans, let’s come together keep our government accountable, and most importantly keep our heads up.
The day misinformation and fear stood victorious over reason and human decency
I’m at a loss of words, and reality hasn’t sunk in. When I was in London, I witnessed the Brexit firsthand. I couldn’t believe that they voted to leave, but then later I looked at some of the reasons. Some were, of course, based on immigration, but a lot of them believed they had lost autonomy and paid money to a body that they didn’t elect (sounds a lot like why we left England). Many didn’t know who represented them in the EU headquarters, so they felt disjointed from the EU. This election is not understandable. I look at our country now and wonder where we went wrong. It’s easy to blame the media, but a lot of the blame should go to the Democratic Party as well. However, it doesn’t matter who is to blame because he won. As nervous as I am about the direction this country has taken, we will have to wait and see what happens. We, together as one country, have no choice but to give him a chance now.
Britain is leaving the European Union, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, and Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States. With the over-reliance on statistics and data in almost every facet of life, the United States has been reminded of the time-old concept of the underdog. Whether you think the election was a victory for the common man or for blind hatred, Donald Trump outperformed models so carefully constructed and defended by almost everyone in the nation.
With this massive upset, we as a nation need to reevaluate what data, polls, and statistics mean to us. While we as a society continue to head towards mass digitization and all-encompassing organization for decision making, we need to remember that nothing is set in stone. There is always room for upsets and last minute changes caused by emotions that we may never be able to quantify.
If you are let down by the failing statistics and projections of this past year, I suggest you take heart knowing that, even when almost everything is quantifiable and added into an equation, the beauty of human emotion and change is still present, and will hopefully never be lost. When we can analyze everything and project anything, we will always have the stories of underdogs.
After a night of sobbing and getting physically ill, I am still in shock over the results of the election. When people experience loss, others tell them that time heals all wounds. What can you tell people about a Donald Trump presidency? I am not disappointed because my candidate lost, but devastated that a man who I consider to embody the worst traits of Americans has become our president. I didn’t care for Hillary Clinton, and to be honest, I was not going to feel happy about a Hillary Clinton presidency, but relieved. Now, I am left shocked and I still don’t understand why this has happened. I called my mom crying and was told by both my parents, one of whom voted for Trump, that I was being dramatic. I don’t feel particularly dramatic, but I do feel lost.
Today, I woke up into a country where I am scared and insecure. What does this mean for me as a woman? What does this mean for me as someone who is gay? And there are people who have even greater fears. Mostly, I am sad that a man who has been endorsed by hate groups, who has been accused of sexual assault, been taped saying derogatory things about women, been sued for housing discrimination, spouted detestable and violent rhetoric, and could very well be a criminal is someone who half the country could get behind and vote for. Today, the bullies have won and America has been beaten by hatred. I hope that Donald Trump represents the interests of women, gay people, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and any person who is different than him despite the fact that his entire campaign was based on disenfranchising these groups of people. I hope so much that I am wrong.
I am angry. Not at the election, but how people are handling it.
This election is over and we have to accept that. It may have turned out the way we didn’t want to, but we need to look at the situation and assess it objectively and with optimism. From what I see, the nation didn’t want the establishment (which unfortunately was Clinton), so that’s what the nation voted for- a person who never was a politician. He was successful in a campaign carried by the emotion of the people rather than the facts, that’s just how it happened.
I am especially upset because people are shaming those who voted for the minority parties. They aren’t at fault here. Yes, if they would have voted for Clinton in some states, she probably would have won the election, but I have seen way too much hate going towards people who wanted to vote for a party they believe in. If the Libertarian party were to vote for a main party candidate instead who do you think that these people who believe in little to no taxes, small of small government, and no social programs would vote for? Most likely not Clinton.
Don’t place your anger to those who voted for the candidate they wanted to win. That’s not democracy. Look at the state of the country and the demographics of those who voted in the states with major electoral votes, and I’d say it’s not too surprising Trump came out on top.
Yes, this sucks-like really bad, but he won, and that in itself is telling of the state of America.
Donald Trump is a weak-minded, cowardly individual. He mocked a man with a crippling disability on national television. He denigrated Senator John McCain’s service to this country. In every debate he demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt that he knew almost nothing about major policy issues. And he demolished Hillary Clinton in this election. We who are so surprised by this should understand that for all our intellectual posturing we do not, in fact, understand this country. Trump won in Wisconsin amongst educated white women. He won in four states that went decisively to President Obama, and he trailed Clinton by an insignificant margin in the popular vote. His victory party was diverse. The camera panned over the crowd and women and men, black and white, Hispanic and not, celebrated his win. Some of those who support Trump see it as an outlet for their racist and Evangelical views, but the vast majority support him because they believe that change at any cost is hope that we continue to be a beacon of hope in an uncertain world.