Donald Trump is now the 45th president of the U.S. and this fact is shocking and disappointing for many Americans.
Trump should not have gotten this far in the election or gained the presidency, but here we are for the next four years. Trump is regarded as sexist, racist and intolerant.
He has bragged about sexually assaulting women and how he can “grab them by the pussy.”
He has called Mexicans rapists and criminals and implied that all black Americans live in the inner cities and are poor. He has made inappropriate comments about his own daughter and publicly, childishly feuded with multiple people who he simply does not agree with.
In the second presidential debate, Trump threatened to have Hillary Clinton jailed because of her email scandal (which she has not been convicted for). Trump has claimed he will support justices who do not support same sex marriage and a woman’s right to choice.
Choosing Trump in this historic election has set this country back 50 years. At this point, the best we can hope for is that Congress will bar Trump from doing anything that will threaten this country and the freedoms we enjoy.
Many experts agree that Trump’s economic plan will hurt the country tremendously and increase the national deficit. Trump has consistently supported conservative, intolerant social platforms that will negatively affect women, the LGBT community and minorities.
I have no doubt this election will be a black mark on our nation’s history because we elected someone who is completely unfit for office over someone who has had over 30 years of public service experience.
How did we elect a reality TV show star, especially one who does not respect basic human decency?
We had the chance to have the first woman president who is wildly qualified and experienced in the political sphere. Instead we elected an orange bigot who will make our country do a head-dive into conservative, intolerant ridiculousness.
Nonetheless, we as Americans need to accept the peaceful transfer of power (something Trump threatened he would not respect). The fact of the matter is, Trump is president and will continue to be for at least the next four years.
The choice we have in our elections is a precious and sacred right. Our government is not perfect by any means, but the democratic process of voting is the foundation for our freedoms. Unfortunately, this means we have to accept Trump as our president and put our prejudices aside.
Clinton’s platform presented a progressive and inclusive America that would help nourish and protect everyone, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love.
If Trump’s history proves anything, it is that he does not support these values and, under his America, only one type of person will benefit.
On the bright side, four years is roughly only 5 percent of your life, expecting you live for 78 years. What is more insidious is the potential for Trump’s policies to affect years and years to come.