Donald Trump will be our next President. I didn’t think it was possible. In fact, I was pretty damn cocky. How could I not be? Pundits, pollsters, politicians (REPUBLICAN politicians) all told me that a Donald Trump presidency was not something I had to worry about. Now, it’s a reality that I cannot wrap my head around.
I’m sad that our first African American President will be passing the torch to someone who has vowed to build a wall, ban Muslims from entering our country, enlist mass deportations and restore “Law and Order”. How did we manage to fall back so fast?
Keep in mind that President Obama was handed a mess of a country 8 years ago. He managed to turn things around with little to no support from his opponents and will now have to pass it on to someone who is endorsed by the KKK. What a cruel state of affairs.
I am sad for my African American friends. I am sad for my Muslim friends. I am sad for my Latino friends. I am sad for my LGBT friends. I am sad for my fellow females.
When Donald Trump was heard on tape bragging about sexually assaulting women, it sent me into a depression (and prompted me to write a post). As someone who has been sexually assaulted numerous times, his candid words brought back some troubling memories for me. Events I’ve tried hard to forget. That time the neighbor put his hands between my legs and reached inside my shirt when I was 12-years-old, or that time I woke up with someone’s hands in my underwear. I could go on, which is incredibly sad, but I think you get the idea.
Personally, it’s going to be tough for me to have a President who has rated women and said mean, ugly things about them. I’ll have to find a way to stay strong, be confident and deal with my emotions for the next two years but I’m frustrated to be put in such a situation.
I also have to find a way to make peace with the fact that people I love and respect voted for Donald Trump. People that I know for a fact a generous and kind cast their vote for the most unqualified candidate in history.
I boil it down to socioeconomics.I live in a city and am exposed to so many cultures and ideas. In fact, I have friends that are genuinely scared right now because they are unsure of their place in our country. However, I grew up in a place that was not very diverse. I did not see a real life Middle-Eastern person until I was 21 and moved to Seattle after Hurricane Katrina. When you don’t leave your bubble and everyone is like you, it’s easy to overlook deplorable behavior and vote within your comfort zone. Your world centers on church and family and you don’t want to rock the boat. My point in proven by the fact that Trump was elected largely by uneducated, white men.
I don’t understand rebelling against the elites by electing someone who has never been poor, never truly struggled, never fell on hard times? I’m baffled.
Political Commentator, Van Jones sums up my frustrations best when he said, “You tell your kids, don’t be a bully. You tell your kids, don’t be a bigot. You tell your kids, do your homework and be prepared. And then you have this outcome….”
You cannot deny the well-documented evidence that Donald Trump continuously exhibited a bullying and bigoted mentality throughout his campaign. Apparently, some didn’t thing those events were a big deal. Don’t want to rock that boat.
I’m scared but I have hope. Here is what I believe those of us who are saddened by these event should do next:
Reach out to your minority friends and let them know that you care about them. Let them know that you will stand up for them if/when you witness injustice. Donald Trump wants to make HIS America great again but we will fight for the inclusion of EVERYONE.
Recognize bad policy, especially if it infringes on the rights of others, and fight against it. Become a pebble in the shoe of your local government. Sign petitions, march, speak out.
Be kind to everyone and recognize the plight of others. Show empathy.
Plan for the future. Look ahead. Let’s work to become a stronger party so that someone like Donald Trump will never have access to the Word’s highest office ever again.
In a moment of despair, all I have is hope. I have to remind myself that it is not the end of the world. We may fall behind on a road we’ve been clearing for so long but this too shall pass.