Well, its official. On the eighth of November, two-thousand-sixteen the United States elected #Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America in an unprecedented landslide. At the time of this writing, Donald Trump has been leading by a two-hundred and seventy-six vote as opposed to Hillary Clinton and her two-hundred eighteen. Reactions have varied across the board, as in a mini-reenactment of the Civil War, families, friends and co-workers have been split on the issue for what this could mean for America as a whole. Some believe this to be the start of a new golden age, others are indifferent or ignorant, believing politics has no place in their lives and wish merely to live as they always had. For this reporter, during the duration of the 2016 election I had decided to observe for myself the numerous circles I run in as a method of gauging the reaction to the news.
Speaking to people about the Trump win
A forty-six-year-old Californian and a seventeen-year-old Washington state resident, whom I'm friends with had this to say in order to my question of 'when you say Trump elected, how did you feel?': "My life hasn't been appreciably affected by who the President was in all my years and I don't expect this to be any different," said one, and "Hmm, if I were to describe him in one word, I'd say "dicey", so I suppose I feel uncertain about what his election might mean,"said the other.
Both unfortunately these are atypical attitudes exhibited by a number of US citizens, with as much as one to ten American's utterly uninterested in politics as a whole or too young to vote, with many like the first speaker going on to mention how a third candidate from the others would have been the way to go. As seen in the results tonight, such a pipe dream while bright to the individual voter has resulted in a crumbling breakdown for many who will be more directly affected by tonight's result.
The opposite side of the scale
On the opposite side of the scale, two people - one a Southern young lady from a pro-Trump family as well as one Latino-#LGBT member of the community expressed fear and in the case of the first, a more hearty dislike of politics in general with the latter having this to say, the quote I present in its entirety.
"After a slew of recent drama that's been bugging me and feeling scared both as a member of the LBGT community and a member of a minority that Trump is very vocal about hating/wants to see gone from this country, I made a call to the national suicide prevention hotline and talked to them for a while. Told them about how scared I was feeling and how unsafe I feel knowing that a guy with an agenda against me and my people and so many others and they talked me through it. I feel somewhat better now but still really shaky. Just been a really awful series of events."
Fear of the new order
On the one hand, indifference and ignorance. On the other? Fear. Fear that a man with a history that he does in the White House stands as a living example that people can get away without consequences. Fear that his presence might mean a destabilization for the lifestyles of LGBT and Minority groups across the nation. There seems to be no middle ground wherever this reporter looks and all we can do now is be the best we can be personally and for those who will be most affected by this new presidential reign.
Speaking for myself? If anything, the Presidential elections and their results have shown a terrifying and ugly side to our country as a whole. But also one of inspiration and admiration, from those who I have seen reblogging hotline support numbers to public displays of support for friends and family, who would be most affected in the days to come. Let us learn from their example and let us make at least one statement from our new President a reality.
We will make America great again.
For everyone we can. #Election 2016