In the wake of Tuesday's election of #Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, many Americans are exercising their First Amendment rights and freely expressing their dissatisfaction with the election which resulted in the defeat of Hillary Clinton. Some Americans have been very animated in their verbalization of their contempt for the hateful rhetoric that they have heard from Trump over the last 15 months. In some cases, car windows have been smashed, police cars have been vandalized, and in Portland, Oregon, one person was shot on Friday.
Only Trump can stop the fears
It goes without saying that the protesters are fearful of the upcoming Trump administration which begins in mid-January. The fears are an outgrowth of the hatred that Trump expressed towards #Hispanics, #Muslims, women, and disabled people. Trump called Hispanic immigrants to the United States murderers, rapists and criminals. He promised to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Trump also promised to ban Muslim immigrants to the United States and devised a rating system for women's attractiveness from one to 10. He ridiculed Megan Kelly, a FOX News commentator, and called Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas."
Trump has infuriated almost every demographic of Americans other than his own, even though he was elected President on Tuesday. People are protesting while others are rioting. People have been hurt, and one person has been killed. Things are going to continue to get out of hand if nothing is done to calm people's fears. And the only person who can do this is Donald Trump because he was the who one initiated all of the name calling, hatred, and divisive comments. He is the one who led tens of millions of Americans down the sorrowful path of hatred and terror. And it is now up to him to calm people's fears by reassuring them that everything is going to be alright after all.
How Trump can do this
Although Trump got off to a bad start when he temporarily made Chris Christie the head of his transition team, there are a few things that Trump can do to calm people's fears. For one thing, he can make a speech in which he states that he has had a chance to re-think his position on building a wall along America's border with Mexico. He also could tell Americans that he will not be deporting undocumented immigrants and that he will not be ordering "house to house" searches of homes looking for undocumented immigrants.
Trump also could issue a statement to the effect that he respects all women, and does not condone name calling or the ridicule of women. He also could apologize to Hillary Clinton for calling her "Crooked Hillary" and for berating her tenure as Secretary of State. He also could apologize to Warren for calling her "Pocahontas."
A unifying statement of acceptance
Trump also could make a unifying statement of acceptance in a speech to the country. In that speech, Trump could state that all Americans have dreams for their children, work hard, want to raise their children in safe neighborhoods and send them to good schools. Trump could bring out the fact that all Americans, and for that matter all immigrants, deserve to live out their lives without hatred, name calling, discrimination, or any other kind of treatment that is hateful, spiteful or discriminatory. Furthermore, Trump could tell Americans that the American dream is for all Americans and immigrants, no matter their origin and that the great American experiment demands that we all learn to live among each other.
The slow cure
All of these suggested statements and speeches for Trump are not a "cure-all" for all the nation's wounds, but they are a good start. Once all Americans, including Trump, start showing more respect for one another despite their demographic origin, the nation will begin to heal. And young Hispanic and Muslim children will no longer go to bed at night scared to death that someone will come in the middle of the night to deport them.