What Should The Next Four Years of Trump Look like?
Election Day was now s a little over a month ago which means we have had a month to digest and come to terms with the outcome of who our President-Elect is. Donald J. Trump will be the president for at least the next four years. The evening of November 8th proved to be a monumental night for the country. As the results came in and as states lit up blue and red, the message that the country was sending was clear. A great majority of the country wanted to “make America great again”. For some the results were a happy time and a moment of victory but for many others the realization brought sadness and fear. Obviously, this is a democracy and your favorite candidate can’t win every time. I believe that is truly the beauty of this country, that we can switch control and bring in fresh insights and ideologies every four years.
However, this election proved far different from any other this nation has ever had. We had a candidate run for the presidency who has never been involved in politics. From the very beginning of Trump’s announcement to run as a Republican, not many people took him seriously and surely underestimatedhis ability to reach as far as he did. This election season was surely a nasty fight and was flanked with scandal in both camps. Trump fueled his campaign with controversial statements against minorities, immigrants, and women. He was able to rally the support of millions of Americans who agreed with his hateful and sexist comments. Perhaps this is the most alarming aspect, even more so than him actually winning. His victorious win represents and proves that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done socially in this country, that there are people who don’t see a man’s hateful and hurtful comments towards a group of people as an absolute deal breaker.
Now, this is not a piece bashing President Elect Trump, but rather bringing to light what his win means and what we need to do as citizens to overcome any injustice or mistreatment of the country’s people.
Not to live in fear
As college students, we experience breaking news and huge national events much differently than our parents and grandparents. For one, they are not as connected to social media like Twitter and Facebook as we are. They might not see how much we are affected by events of this nature. That night on social media there was a spirit of disbelief, hurt, and fear amongst not only young people but other underrepresented groups. For the past several months, social groups like the LGBTQ and minorities have been enraged and disrespected by the hateful rhetoric made by Donald Trump. He has been given the stamp of approval by hate groups such as the KKK and the Neo Nazi’s. His win represents the power and the voice of many white supremacists and other racists in this country. So it comes as no surprise that the overall morale of the kind hearted American was filled with shock and fear that night. Over the course of the week following election, protestors came out in drones all across the nation in marches. According to the LA Times, in Los Angeles on Wilshire Blvd down to the 110 freeway Times, a staggering 8,000+ people marched holding up signs such as “Love Trumps Hate” and “Not My President”. Protest continued throughout the following days in major cities like NYC outside the Trump Tower, and even closer to home in Miami.
As some process the pain and the reality of Trump being elected president we must not back down in fear. Now is the time to fight even harder for equality and fairness. I would like to think that there are more great people in this country than there are bad. These protests across the country prove that we have the fight in us to stand up for the things that are right. The voices of the people of this country should continue to be heard and respected.
Continue to move forward
Under the presidency of Barack Obama, socially, a lot was accomplished. Two big things accomplished: The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the legalization of gay marriage in America. Obama ran his campaign on slogans like “Yes, we can”, “Forward” and “Change”. All of which were positive, affirmative, and moving slogans that actively included the people and moving forward, not backwards. To Clinton supporters, leadership under Trump seems to be moving the country backwards. We can’t allow that to happen. We can’t allow the past 8 years’ successes and strives in society be in vain. In Hillary’s concession speech after her loss she said, “So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear.” Whoever is in office, the sole purpose and goal should be to keep the progression. I hope that president elect Trump and his administration can take here to the concerns of ALL in this country.
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