What makes me so afraid of the future of our country is not what exactly Donald Trump will do as President of the United States, not the fact that I’ll find myself in a void of student loan debt in five years, but rather how we as Americans are taking the election.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were controversial candidates this election season, having trudged their way through the primary season with colossal baggage attributed by the public. To me and to so many other people, they weren’t our first choices for President (in fact, neither were on my mental list for candidates to support). They’ve screwed up in the past, and they’ve said and done all sorts of nonsense during this election season. There’s a fact that we can’t deny, though — Clinton and Trump are incredibly strong people. They don’t give up even after their monumental mishaps.
I did not support either major candidate for president, and I refuse to defend either Clinton or president-elect Trump, but I maintain that the scary part of the election and its results is not a scenario of Trump’s first 100 days in office (since the government’s about as fast as a low-energy snail, and Republicans in Congress have their own reservations towards Trump) — it’s how we as Americans are taking the results of this election.
I know this was one of the most controversial election cycles in U.S. history. I know how disgusted so many Americans are feeling. I felt disgusted, too. And that’s okay. What’s not okay is that our country holds a fair election and a large chunk of the constituency vehemently rejects the results, with some people going as far as to burn the flag of our nation. It appalls me to see just how divisive we have become.
The dystopian pandemonium Americans have fostered since the presidential election ended disturbs me. I can’t sleep tonight.