By Ryan Callihan
On Tuesday night, roughly half of America decided to elect a reality star as the leader of the free world.
In other words, America decided that Donald Trump should head our nation for the next four years.
Despite winning the popular vote by more than 600,000 votes, Hillary Clinton, the most qualified presidential candidate we’ve had in years, lost the electoral college race to 270, 228-290.
Strangely enough, Trump, in one of his numerous Twitter tirades, tweeted that the electoral college is bad for a democracy in 2012.
Florida, a crucial battleground state, swung the race in Trump’s favor with its 29 electoral votes. A whopping 56 of Florida’s 67 counties voted for the Republican candidate.
On Saturday, Clinton reached out to some of her top campaign donors to discuss how FBI Director James Comey’s decision to announce another email related scandal just days before the election caused the Clinton campaign to lose the momentum it had gained.
And I can’t say I disagree with her. Comey’s announcement did nothing more than tarnish Clinton’s image during a critical time.
On Tuesday night I watched numbly as Trump won the presidency. I wondered if the rest of the world watched the same debates I did. Time and time again, Clinton argued circles around Trump and shamed him for not having actual plans and policies.
Already, Trump has dropped a ton of his campaign promises such as absolutely getting rid of Obamacare, but he still plans to carry out some of his hateful ideas.
In an interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday night, Trump announced that he would still be deporting millions of undocumented immigrants, he is contemplating hiring a special prosecutor to look into the Clinton email scandal and hopes to build his infamous wall along the border of Mexico.
What I can’t wrap my head around is the fact that this hatemonger will run the nation for the next four years.
There have already been numerous reports of hate crimes after the results of Election Day. At Pennsylvania State University, a group of students used the GroupMe chat app to abuse and torment African American students.
There are also reports of a Muslim woman driving through Columbus, Ohio with her parents and children in the car. A man slammed on her window and told her she doesn’t “belong in this country.”
This is the kind of rhetoric that Trump stands behind. The worst part is that Trump doesn’t regret a single thing and maintains that he had a “tremendous campaign.”
I don’t fear for myself. I fear for my Hispanic friends who will be accused of being illegal immigrants. I fear for my Muslim friends who will be accused of being terrorists. I fear for any of my female friends who might want to have an abortion some day.
I, along with countless other Americans, placed so much hope in pollsters that we failed to realize that Trump’s campaign philosophy resonated with so many Americans.
For those of us who aren’t consumed by hate, standing strong together has never been more important.
Until then, I’ll be counting the days until November 2020, when someone finally lets Trump know that he’s been fired.