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TOPIC: Trump won :(

Trump won :( 10 Nov 2016 14:37 #10876

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So that's it. Trump won.

Many of my friends are not just disgusted and disappointed with his victory, but also living in fear of being deported, discriminated against, or losing their healthcare. My boyfriend and I are now saving up in case he loses his health insurance and can't afford the medication that keeps him alive. He has been close to death before without his medicine. I am living in fear for the day he loses it again. Because of this election many people's lives will change in monumental ways.

I feel that the media didn't take Trump seriously and even all the way through to the end, it seemed rather unlikely that he would become our next president. Even the polls were way off, predicting that Clinton would win by a landslide. I think it's possible that some people lied about who their preferred candidate was (out of embarrassment or fear of being called racist/sexist/xenophobic) but voted for him on election day.

Throughout this election, the climate on facebook among family, friends, and acquaintances has been volatile; I'd not seen calm and rational debates anywhere on either side. I can understand why Trump would be an obvious "no" with all of the things he has publicly said and done, but in being such a polarizing and extreme candidate I watched my peers (even at times myself) create a bubble against him and his supporters--especially in Los Angeles.

Trump has proven himself to be hot tempered, insulting, and stubborn. He's not exactly the kind of person you want to sit down and have a calm and open minded discussion with. His insults and slurs have been the focus of media attention, but I think that we ignored something much more powerful and important, and that is his followers--the everyday people who live around us, go to work, school, eat, have birthdays, walk their dogs, and sleep just like we do. Trump has no political experience or solid plan to back up anything he has promised. Yet, with his repetitive affirmations of making America great again he stuck a chord that many confused, frustrated, and desperate Americans latched onto.

Trump was divisive throughout his entire campaign. He pushed liberals, women, LGBTQ, minorities, immigrants and disabled people out of his circle and separated the American people. Aside from the outright racists and extremists who voted for him I do think that he swept up a lot of average and misguided people and made it seem like he was their only option. When a moderate Republican were to consider all candidates and open a discussion on issues, I'd see some of my own liberal friends and peers bite back with such force (understandably when you feel that your rights are at stake) that it did push them back toward Trump or not voting at all.

This election was a circus. I have not seen conservatives and liberals so divided as I have in this election. At the end of the day, we are all Americans. I don't mean this in an inspiring or unifying way. I mean this in a factual, stark, realistic way. We will all suffer the consequences of this presidency whether we know it or not. Trump is not one of us. He did not "work his way from the bottom to the top" and even if he was born into money, he did not use it to better himself, seek to learn more about others' experiences, or handle himself with grace and humility. He is a very rich man tapping into the fears of frustrated and insular communities. If we are lucky, it will only be us against him. As it is, it is us against us. I fear for what will happen because our nation is divided. I hope that we can come together and actually hear each other out and learn to shut up and listen to a stranger speak his or her own valid concerns for once, instead of just waiting for our turn to speak. Maybe next time we will turn to each other instead of a demagogue.

I don't have a solution for how to bridge this gap and lift each other up. I feel that the people Trump shat on are angrier than ever and in panic mode. The people who felt like Trump was their savior are now boastful and waiting to see what he will do. All I know is that we need a better way of receiving and sharing information. We have truly lost the element of humanity in our communication and as a result, we are losing our actual humanity.
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Trump won :( 10 Nov 2016 16:31 #10877

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I agree with your statement that he probably “swept up a lot of average and misguided people and made it seem like was their only option”. I still can’t believe the results of this election. This was my fear. I’d heard many people comparing the presidential election with the outcome of the whole issue with Brexit. So many people were saying that it was impossible for a character like Trump to actually win and become the next president. I don’t think most of the people, if any, really ever took him seriously. I’m so sorry to hear about your boyfriend’s health, and pray that somehow, Trump will not be as irresponsible and volatile as the character he has shown to be thus far. I agree with you that at the end of the day, we are all Americans, and that we will all suffer the consequences, no matter what we believe, and whatever political party we are “for”. I'm still in shock, and like many, I'm so disappointed in the way this election turned out.
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Trump won :( 10 Nov 2016 21:51 #10883

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Hi i'm really sad he won too like depressed. I keep crying, and not because a republican win, but rather because a racist/sexist/xenophobic president like him won. I feel like we let all of the historic people who fought against this down. I feel like we went backwards in our progression. I cry because i care about every person being treated with equality. I know people may say "oh the rest of the presidents weren't all that different," but the thing is that if there was a president who was secretly one of these things at least they had the audacity to keep it away from their public platform. They didn't go out their preaching their negatives views because they knew it was wrong, and just keep what what they felt inside. They knew that this would cause the public to think it was okay to do this, and in America it's truly not. They know they have the power to influence people, and really none of our presidents even showed this because they at least had some respect. I don't want our country to go backwards because our country is better when we all unite, and accept each other even if we may look different. I hope trump doesn't influence our country to publicly act like this. I will make sure to teach my children to respect and love all people. To not spread hate. To respect people. The least thing we need is the LGBTQ community getting bullied, and then feeling like outsitters, and wanting to kill themselves. I don't want Muslims or Mexicans to live in fear because of the way they look. I don't want women to think they are powerless. I don't want African Americans to go through what they fought against for for so many years. I want oppression of ALL people to not grow.
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Trump won :( 10 Nov 2016 21:54 #10884

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Firstly, I am so sorry to hear about your boyfriend and I hope that everything works our well for you two. I liked your comment "I feel that the media didn't take Trump seriously and even all the way through to the end, it seemed rather unlikely that he would become our next president." I completely agree in that media did not accurately depict his ability to win the election. It's really disappointing that you say "us against him", maybe you should see what he does in his presidency. I hope and pray that it will be positive. I think that a lot of people voted for Trump not because of his personality but because they hated Hillary so much and felt he was the only one that could beat her. I think that the media needed to do a better job of lessening their bias against Trump or Hillary so that voters could actually make informed decisions.
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Trump won :( 10 Nov 2016 22:58 #10889

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I am also very disappointed in his victory. It is a shame to know that so much of America's population supports such a disgusting and discriminating man. I am glad to know that in California Hillary had more votes than him. I also agree with you that there must have been a lot of Trump supporters that were ashamed to admit to it. I also think that Hillary lost votes to third parties because there are also a lot of people against both Hillary and Donald. I personally think that we had to choose the less of two evils and there are so many reasons not to vote for Trump. It would have also been great to have elected the first female president. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens in 2020; I hope he doesn’t get re-elected and I hope Michelle Obama runs.
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Trump won :( 11 Nov 2016 18:40 #10892

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I agree with you saying that this whole election was a show. We didnt have any really good choices. We tried to pick the lesser evil but we failed. I know it feels horrible but dont let something or someone you hate rule youre life. We must still fight for what we believe in. We are the new generation and the old generation still has its racist grip on society. We will see what happens in these next four years, may god be with us.
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