Millennials Show Their Reaction to the New Presidency Through Selfies
America was shocked as the results of the 2016 Presidential Election revealed that the 45th President of the United States, taking office in January, will be Donald Trump.
Millennials are outraged and in shock, according to every source of my social media. When looking into how the election would have turned out if only millennials had voted, the results would have been much different.
There you have it. The younger population is not necessarily completely apart of the democratic party, but in this election, majority seems to agree that Hillary Clinton would have been the lesser of two evils to elect.
I tracked the reaction of the college-aged millennials throughout social media outlets as well as around the University of Nevada campus to get their opinion on the election results. Initial reactions often catch the truest feelings of an individual, before their feelings are hidden due to fear or forced suppression.
The most common reaction I noticed were tears. Almost everyone I talked to on campus the next day told me that they had cried themselves to sleep. Many told me that they did not want their picture taken because their face was ‘too puffy.’
The second most common, and what many are seeing on the news today, is anger.
Grant Uba, a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, posted a snapchat selfie of himself crying on Twitter, followed by multiple tweets. One read, “If you’re not scared right now, must be nice to be so privileged.”
Daphne Call, an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in the Bay Area, spoke out on the night of the election. “I will not let him make me afraid. I will not let his supporters make me want to hide. If we hit rock bottom, we as marginalized communities must band together and take back what we lost everything for. We are bigger than this. We are stronger because of our struggle and we will make people feel the pain that went into our progress until they can’t ignore it anymore. It’s time to get out into the streets and make out anger visible and physical. We are in the middle of a critical point in history, and I will not say I stood by to watch as marginalized people suffered.”
Madeleine Winterich, student at UC Santa Barbara, had a viewing party at her college apartment. “Here’s us watching in shock as Hilary conceded from the 2016 US Presidential election, leaving us shocked, scared, and defeated.”
Three UC Davis roommates reached out to me about their initial reactions of Trump becoming President of the United States. They all shared the same fear, but differed in their reasoning.
“I’m terrified for my mother,” Norma Juarez, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, said. “I’m shocked by the choices that people have made. There’s an overwhelming amount of people who truly do not not want us here, and that’s terrifying.”
“It’s incredible to think this is actually happening, and scary that people hate [immigrants and children of immigrants] and don’t even know us. And they want to rid us of a land we helped build?” Guadalupe Ruiz said.
“I cannot explain the fear I have for my family that is not documented, nor the fear that I have for my boyfriend’s family,” Sabrina Perez told me. “I’m also scared that I will no longer be able to be on a prescription drug that allows me to regulate my period and hormones.”
People are scared. They’re afraid for their future, and the future of this country. The policies that President-Elect Donald Trump has proceeded with in his campaign are going against the work that the past few decades have wished for us to progress.