11.10.2016

On Trump's Victory

Unless you live under a rock or, I don’t know, in some isolated Amazon tribe, chances are you are very aware of the latest U.S. Presidential election results. In case you fit into either of the two categories listed above (and have decided to find your way to the internet and happened upon this blog), then I’ll fill you in: Donald Trump won.

This came as a shock to many and I am no exception to that. I have to be honest, when this whole election business started and Trump decided to run, I thought it was hysterical. Then, as I watched him in the debates with his opponents, I found it kind of annoying. Then, as things narrowed down and he won the primaries, I found it scary.

While I try not to affiliate myself with a political party, I tend to be more Republican than anything else. Perhaps this was why Donald Trump as President frightened me a little. Because, let’s be honest, he’s not exactly a Republican.

But, I tried to keep an open mind and did my research, learning all that I could about the guy. Here’s where I make an important note: can you guess where I got all of my information? I can assure you that I didn’t get it from Hillary or her supporters (of which I never felt I could number myself with for a multitude of reasons – the very least of which was the supposed lies she’s told over the years). I got it from the source. I got it from Donald Trump. The things he said, the things he promised, the way he handled Hillary… it won me over.

Now this post is really not going to delve deeply into the issues. However, I will say that I am aware that my candidate of choice absolutely DOES NOT have a filter on him. He has said things that were grossly inappropriate and that should never have been said. BUT, he takes responsibility for what he says AND he says those difficult things that sometimes DO need to be said, regardless of if people want to hear them or not. That’s one thing I liked.

Another thing I liked was how he spoke of the office he was running for. He wanted to be the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Not the President of BLACK America or WHITE America or RICH America or POOR America or MUSLIM America or LATINO America or FEMALE America or MALE America or LGBTQ America… UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Do we know what this means? From the reaction to Trump’s victory, I would say that we don’t.

So this brings me to the point of this post, because I have a few things to say to the people of America. I don’t even know if anybody will ever read this, but writing is therapeutic to me (you bet I’m one of those people who writes letters to people I’m angry at and then rips them up and throws them away) and I need to get this off my chest. And I need to do that now. Because these thoughts that have been crowding my head need to get out so that I can get on with my life. They are all I’ve been thinking about. I was up all night with a stress headache thinking about writing this post. It needs to be said. By me.

I have narrowed down voters into four categories:

Those who voted for Hillary or Trump because they saw them as a good candidate.
Those who voted for a candidate because they feared the other candidate.
Those who voted third party.
Those who didn’t vote.

Those who voted for Hillary or Trump because they saw them as a good candidate.
Those who voted for Hillary because they saw her as a good candidate:
Here is what I have to say to you. First of all, I do not at all understand supporting Hillary. I don’t. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. Her view on abortions (especially late-term abortions) is enough by itself to make me not support her. I do not understand supporting her at all, but I respect your right as an American citizen to support who you want and to vote for who you want. So I want to say, thank you for voting.

When Mitt Romney ran against Barrack Obama in 2012, I was really pulling for a victory from Romney. My husband and I stayed up watching the votes come in. Obviously, Romney lost and by quite a margin. At that moment when I realized Obama would be our president for another 4 long years, I had many feelings. Shock. Anger. Horror. Doubt. I couldn’t believe that the American people would reelect President Obama. I was beyond words.

I remember the Facebook post I made that night. Something along the lines of, “Well, that was not the outcome that I wanted, but I hope President Obama can surprise me.” (He didn’t, but the way, but I never stopped being hopeful.) I had a few small, CIVIL discussions with Facebook friends and that was it.

I didn’t post about how disappointed I was in America.
I didn’t talk about how ashamed I was that we would reelect “such a person” for our president.
I didn’t go on about how “God help us” or how the world was going to end (although I have to admit that it did cross my mind a few times).
I didn’t say that I would no longer support this country or stand for the flag because I was so ashamed.

I admitted defeat and moved on with my life. The people obviously didn’t want my candidate. Okay. But I had done ALL that I could do to get him elected. So what good would it have done for me to rant and rave about it? It would have done NO good.

And yet, as I logged onto Facebook and Instagram the morning after the election, there was post after post after post of people explaining how they were ashamed to be an American. How they would no longer stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or the National Anthem until there was something to actually be proud of.

This was the DAY after he was elected, people. He hadn’t even DONE anything yet and you were already assuming he would screw up.

So to you, Hillary supporters I say this: STOP assuming the worst will happen. I am SO SORRY that your candidate didn’t win. I am. I have experienced this sort of defeat multiple times. It sucks. When you believe in something SO MUCH, you want everyone else to believe in it too. But would it KILL you to hope that maybe just MAYBE Trump will do good things – not just for RICH America or WHITE America but for ALL of America?

If you are one of those whining and complaining people who is assuming the worst, then YOU are part of the problem. Wasn’t Hillary always talking about uniting America again? Trump talked about that too, so we should all be on the same page. But you are not helping by moaning and bashing. So knock it off before I knock your teeth out.

And one more thing, specifically to those who just cannot stomach the fact that Trump won and who are “so ashamed and embarrassed” to be American: LEAVE! If you are so ashamed to be an American, then what is keeping you from moving somewhere else? From my experience living in and traveling Europe, I can assure you of three things: 1) The Europeans would welcome you with open arms if you left the United States because Trump was elected. Believe it or not, they aren’t his biggest fans and they would probably applaud you for it. 2) You could live a very decent life in Europe. That is, if you’re okay with socialized medicine and practically no personal ownership. But hey, you supported Hillary, so you’re probably okay with that. And 3) You will not find anything better than what we have right here in the good ol’ screwed up U.S. of A’s.

So just leave. I’ll even help pay for your one-way-ticket to Europe.

If you don’t want to leave, then I suggest you buck up, shut up, and get to work to make the country a better place instead of being part of the problem.

I hope that Donald Trump surprises you. I truly do.

Those who voted for Trump because they saw him as a good candidate:
Firstly, congratulations on the victory. If you’re like me, you felt pretty darn good when things took a drastic and surprising turn in Trump’s favor. Let’s face it: it was awesome and it felt awesome!

Now before you walk away smiling, let me say that you are not off the hook yet. I have a thing or two to say to you too.

As I was wasting time on Facebook and Instagram, I was shocked and appalled at some of the things Trump supporters had to say about Hillary supporters. Things about how all Hillary supporters were going to “rot in Hell” and other things that I don’t care to repeat.

Really, guys? REALLY?

Look, I’ll be the first to admit that Trump doesn’t have much of a filter. And as I said earlier, I sometimes admire that about him. But that doesn’t mean that we have to be so hateful. Did you even listen to his acceptance speech? He said that Hillary put up a good fight (which is true) and he applauded her for her efforts. Granted, that’s pretty easy to do when you’ve won the race, but still. He didn’t say that she and her supporters should “go to Hell” or worse.

So knock it off with the hatred. You won. Whoop-de-freaking-doo. Go talk about it with your other Trump-supporting friends and keep it off of the internet. The internet should be used to watch cat videos and look at pictures of cute babies or Pinterest fails. It shouldn’t be used as a channel for insulting and degrading someone because of their political views.

So STOP IT.

I hope that Donald Trump lives up to our expectations for him. He has a lot of work to do.

Those who voted for a candidate because they feared the other candidate.
I admit, I was once a part of this category. And it sucks BIG TIME. Nobody wants to feel like they are acting out of fear, especially when it comes to choosing our next leader. I, thankfully, came to like one of the main candidates and that made my decision quite easy.

If you fit into this category I want to say: I’m sorry that you felt that way. I truly hope that you feel at peace with your decision, regardless of the outcome. You did your civic duty – CONGRATULATIONS! That’s more than some people can say (but I’ll address those individuals later). I hope that in the future you can feel more comfortable voting for someone who you really like, instead of just voting out of fear.

It looks like you guys are kind of off the hook… for now.

Those who voted third party.
Let me say that I do not understand the logic behind voting third party. I don’t. Especially in this race, a vote for a third party, to me, only took votes away from Trump and could have resulted in a win for Hillary. I’m grateful that didn’t end up happening. Like I said, voting third party seems silly to me.

I am, however, respectful of your right to vote third party, strange as it seems to me. I have many friends who voted third party; I don’t think any less of them.

But I have something to say to you third party voters: what gives? The next morning, there were many third party voters who were ticked off at Trump’s victory. They said many similar things as the Hillary supporters: that they were scared for the country's future and that they were “ashamed” of the American people.

Well, what did you think was going to happen? That they would win one state and by some MIRACLE both Trump and Hillary would fall short on the electoral votes they needed to win and then by ANOTHER miracle the Senate would choose your candidate as President? (Oh wait, that’s exactly what the McMullin supporters were hoping would happen. I’m no expert, but that sounds like a long shot if you ask me.)

You HAD to have known that the two people who had a chance at victory were Trump and Hillary, and you hated both, so you would have been disappointed either way. Would you have really preferred Hillary? Because if you would have, then you should have voted for her instead of your third-party candidate.

If you hated both candidates and you voted third party, then you don’t get to complain.

You also don’t get to sit and tell me why I’m a terrible person for voting for Trump. Well, this is America, so I guess it is your right to tell me that, but just know that I won’t listen. I’m all for people voting their conscience. Truly, I am. But people need to accept that maybe my conscience is telling me something different than theirs is.

If you feel like you made the “morally right” choice by voting third party, then that’s great. But don’t tell me that I made the wrong choice. And please PLEASE for the love of all things that are holy PLEASE quick complaining about the outcome of the election. Because you hated both options.

I hope that Trump impresses and surprises you, despite your obvious hatred of him.

Those who didn’t vote.
To those who decided not to vote at all, I will say something similar to those who voted third party: quit complaining. If you didn't fulfill your civic duty and vote, then you get no say in anything that Trump does for the next 4 years. Honestly, if everyone who could vote did vote, I think that the victory probably would have gone to Hillary. But you didn’t. And Trump won. So maybe I should really be thanking you.

Regardless, you didn’t do your part, so you don’t get to complain. At all.

In Conclusion…
Whew. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

The bottom line is this: we all still have to live together (unless some who can’t “stomach” Trump decide to leave the country). We all want this country to be great. We all want to live somewhere where we feel safe and heard. I have confidence that Trump will accomplish this in the best way that he knows how. I don’t mean to say that he will be a perfect president or that he will be able to please absolutely everyone. But I believe that he will work with people and he will work to truly “make America great again.”

So There’s My Rant.