In the early hours of Wednesday, November 9th, Donald Trump became the president-elect of the United States. Trump’s victory shocked the country, as it had been widely predicted that the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, would be elected. FiveThirtyEight, a leading poll website, gave Trump a mere 28.6% chance of winning just days before the election took place.
At 6 p.m. the first polls closed in Indiana, where Trump took the lead and gained the first electoral votes. Clinton held a steady lead in New England and on the West coast. These are largely liberal regions, however, and Trump dominated in the Southern and Midwestern States. In the end, Clinton won the popular vote 61 million to his 60.4, but lost the electoral college by 58 points.
Trump’s victory sparked both outrage and joy across the country with his unexpected win. While his supporters celebrated through the night, Clinton and Third Party voters were not just sad or outraged with the results, but a large number of them were deeply afraid.
Throughout his campaign, Trump portrayed himself as an outsider. He often claimed that the fact that he isn’t a hardened politician would allow him to make the most change in our country. But Trump has expressed many controversial opinions on the campaign trail. He has especially targeted people of different races and faiths..
According to a press release from his own campaign, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
While this may seem like it might stop terrorism, many believe the policy would antagonize the Muslims currently living in the US. That’s 3.3 million people according to the International Business Times.
Trump has also promised to crack down on immigrants already living in the country. The BBC reports that his current plan would have him “deport or jail up to three million illegal migrants initially.”
The president elect’s troubles with minorities don’t end there. He has also been labeled as a sexist. Despite the fact that he has a daughter himself, Trump has made derogatory comments about women. For example Miss Universe winner, Alicia Machado, has come forward to say that Trump called her “Miss Piggy” after she gained some weight. The leaked Access Hollywood tape records him making inappropriate comments about women and claiming to kiss them against their will. This, of course, qualifies as sexual assault. He since has denied the truth in these accusations, claiming in the second debate against Clinton, that what he says on the tape is simply “locker room talk.”
Trump has even made comments about his own daughter. In a 2006 episode of the daytime talk show, The View, he said “if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
These remarks are only some of the few that has caused Americans all across the country to feel that this and his lack of political experience make him unfit to be president.
In addition, hate crimes are breaking out across America. “The white supremacists out there are celebrating his victory” says Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.
According to CNN, the KKK is currently planning a victory parade to honor Trump’s win on Dec. 3. However, the GOP Chairman from North Carolina, Robin Hayes, has condemned the organization.
In a statement to CNN he said, “We are disgusted and condemn this extremist ideology and associated actions in the strongest possible terms… These acts and thought processes are no reflection of the heartbeat of this great country and are counter to the efforts to make America great again. We stand with the Democratic Party in calling these out-of-state troublemakers to go home.”
Despite these issues, the people of our country wanted change and they elected Trump. Or, more accurately, the electoral college chose him. He will be the 45th president of the United States, but many individuals do not accept this fact.
Protests started the night after the election and have continued for days, some stretching for miles and shutting down traffic in major cities such LA, Seattle, New York City, Chicago, and Boston.
While these protests all began with chants and posters, some eventually turned violent. In Portland, police have reported that protesters began vandalizing property, and after a dumpster was set on fire they declared the demonstration a riot.
The police, “then [started] making arrests and using flash-bang devices, pepper spray, rubber projectiles and types of smoke or tear gas to force people to disperse,” reported USA Today.
These protests show just how divided our nation is. However many politicians are focused not on opposing Trump, but instead offering their help to unite our nation again. So, while this election has been incredibly divisive, the most important thing is for the country to move forward and ensure that people don’t devolve into a standard of racism and hate.