by Ariyah Armstrong, Clarion Staff
The result of the 2016 U.S. Election is probably the most appalling thing I have ever witnessed while being on planet Earth for fourteen and a half years. Donald Trump, the American businessman, founder of Trump University and Trump Hotels, the main face and ambassador of the phrase, “You’re Fired!” had just won America’s vote to become the 45th president of the United States of America.
All I can ask is why? Why did Donald Trump still win the election when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote? Why is the electoral college process still deciding who is the right person to lead our country? But most importantly, Why didn’t 41.9% of America vote?
[Trump received 2,676,670 fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, a significant popular victory margin.]
Throughout the presidential race, Donald Trump made multiple racist, sexist, and inappropriate comments about African-Americans, Latinos, women, and disabled reporters. His pledge to build a wall separating the Mexico and United States borders brought racism into the national spotlight, targeting Latinos with his racist statements. Remarks such as, “They’re rapists…and some, I assume, are good people. I have thousands of Hispanics that work for me, we have some bad hombres here and we’re gonna get them out,” hurt Trump in the backend, causing him to win only 29% of the Hispanic vote.
Late in the presidential race, one controversial topic was Donald Trump’s view and opinions of handling and dealing with women. Comments about sexually harassing females and how he feels about reporter Megyn Kelly and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado slowed his progress momentarily in the polls. For weeks in October, multiple women came out accusing Trump of sexually harassing them in the past years. Although none of these accusations went anywhere, it definitely opened the eyes of some voters, but apparently not enough.
With 76% of Trump voters being white (according to breitbart.com), many theories have accused Trump’s campaign and supporters of racism. With his campaign slogan being “Make America Great Again”, many people wonder exactly what that means. On an interview with CNN, Trump explains that the best time for America was after World War II and the 1950’s. This statement created a lot of speculation, due to the fact that many non-whites suffered discrimination during this time, especially the African-American culture.
Since Donald Trump was chosen as the president-elect, there have been about 867 cases of hateful persecution and intimidation. Many of these hate crimes have been toward Jewish people, African-Americans, and the LGBT community. Despicable images such as swastikas and horrid comments such as “Make America White Again” appeared across the country and shocked many people.
The results of this election hasve affected everyone young and old. Even local schools such as Inderkum High School in North Natomas Sacramento, California have gotten into the action, with students walking out of class peacefully and discussing why Donald Trump wasn’t fit to be the 45th president of the United States peacefully.
Although many of us may not agree with the results of the election for the 45th president of United States, we must come together. We all need to realize, as a country, that being violent and defacing property separates us as a whole. We are all equal, and our generation can help erase discrimination from this country that we call home.
Let’s spread love and not hate. ♡♡