As a young adult living in the United States, it’s sad to say that the first ever election I participated in will go down in history as one the nastiest, most controversial elections ever. In the eyes of many, it came down to the lesser of 2 evils. A polished career politician, who has lied and covered up mistakes, put our service men in life-ending danger, and contradicted her beliefs with her actions. Or, a successful lifelong businessman who spews crazy words without thinking, was exposed for doing or saying things he shouldn’t and is thought of by many to be racist, sexist, or homophobic.
On November 9th, I woke up to a text from my mother saying “congratulations on participating in your first ever election as a young republican. Trump won.”
I felt relieved. Not necessarily because my party won, but because, at last, this nasty election was over. I expected to get on social media and see some upset people and maybe even some things happening in the United States. I expected it for maybe a day or 2, and then for it to go away. Following the texts from my mom, she sent one more that said “I would stay off of social media for today. Some people, even ones who may be close to you, are taking to social media to say some pretty nasty things.” I got on social media anyways, thinking “how bad can it be”, and saw things from friends and family. Some were mourning. However, some were just flat-out, blatantly disrespecting the beliefs and rights of people of my political party or those that voted for Donald Trump.
Now, let me first state that my objective for this article is not an attempt to console those mourning for the results of the election. It is not a pointless attempt to convince one to gladly accept that Trump is the 2016 President-elect. And it is in no-way an article with the intention of bashing liberals or the Democratic party. I fully respect one’s beliefs, regardless of whether they are different from my own. It is an attempt, however, to simply fight back to those hurtful, disrespectful things I have seen and heard since I woke up November 9th to Mr. Donald J. Trump as America’s President-elect.
I 100% understand one’s choice to not vote for Donald Trump. He has said and done things that have deemed him unworthy of a Presidency. I 100% understand those that are mourning. I 100% understand the mindset of those who are worried, or hurt. And if I, as one person, was able to apologize on behalf of an entire group of the population for you having to feel unsafe or belittled, or worried for your future, I would.
That being said, I find it with the utmost irony for the same party and group of people to feel as though it is acceptable to act in the same manner as those they claim to be so scared of, or belittled by. If you are in a minority group that has felt offended by Trump, and you go write “F**k White People” on a wall, you are just as bad as Trump’s dumb comments. If you are within the LGBTQ community and you accuse all republicans or Trump-supporters of being homophobic or anti-gay, you are just as bad as Trump’s dumb comments. If you are a woman or a feminist and you claim that women who voted for Trump have no self-respect, you are just as bad as Trump’s dumb comments. And if you are someone who sets the strongest symbol of this great country on fire simply as a form of protest, then you are worse than any person who could have ran for presidency, and to simply put it, you do not deserve the sacrifices of those who fight for what that exact flag represents.
There is an old saying that goes “you don’t fight fire with fire” and I think some have forgotten about that little rule. Not wanting Trump to be President because you think he will destroy the country, as you destroy the country with your “protests”, seems contradictory to say the least. And you simply cannot claim to be belittled, harmed or undermined for your beliefs while you make somebody of opposite beliefs feel that exact way.
Our generation has seemed to have forgotten that it is possible to protest peacefully and speak your mind without constantly disrespecting our country, those that live in it and most importantly, those who fight every single day to protect it. As of noon on January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. And instead of continually spending energy bashing his supporters and hoping for our new President to fail, instead wish for the best things to come for our country within the next 4 years. Regardless of whether you support our chosen leader.
A non-homophobic, non-racist, non-misogynist, young American woman who voted for Donald Trump.
“Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus. She didn’t trash the bus. Big difference”