On November 9th, 2016 around 1:16am, I found out that the next POTUS would be Donald Trump. I can’t even try to laugh at the fact, something I had joked the day before would bring such laughter. I didn’t vote for Trump or ever support him. I am a black woman with immigrant parents, I have friends in the LGBTQ community and I don’t believe in tearing down a group of people to try and appeal to another. But I will say this, ever since Trump announced that he was running from President, I laughed. I laughed from that moment all the way to the day of the election. Yes, I mistook Trump as a joke even when he officially became the GOP nominee, I laughed. I joined in on the jokes about moving to Canada. I joked that maybe it is our time to fall because every great nation has fallen. I joked with family that I even voted for him. Because to me it was all a joke, I never took him seriously, but honestly the way that both parties ran their election can you entirely blame me?
I voted for Hillary, I tweeted my #ImWithHer, I showed my support but truthfully I didn’t. The truth is I desperately wanted to root for Hillary, I mean the possibility of having the first female president and being able to say I voted for her would have been remarkable. But just like some people, I don’t trust her. I don’t think she is fit to run the country and I only voted for her for two reasons the first being that I would have never voted for Trump. He is far from the ideal person who should be the next president. I can list off how he is a bigot, a racist, and all the other crappy things about him but I know you have already heard them all. The second reason I voted for Hillary is because she was the Democrat nominee, and I believe in a little bit of loyalty. I know I am not the only one what went to vote the other day and voted for everyone with their party’s endorsement trusting their beliefs were aligned. But we have to start changing that moving forward. We have to start doing more research about who is representing us in D.C.
This Presidential election as a whole was an embarrassment for our country, there is no other way to describe it. Other countries are literally mocking us, some truly pitying us. But that needs to stop.WE ARE THE MOST POWERFUL NATION IN THE WORLD! I know there are people who are proud that their nominee will be the 45th POTUS. I know there are also more people (including myself) who are literally terrified about what happens next for their families and friends. We have to stand together. For all the women out there I am with you. For all the muslims, I am with you. For all the undocumented citizens, I will forever be with you. I am here for any and all groups of individuals who Trump has belittled and insulted. I am here for any groups that struggle to have their voices heard. We are a nation of immigrants. Our ancestors all came here from different countries, all hoping for the American Dream — a better life for themselves and their children. That dream shall live on. I know we are going through our tough times, but our country has literally been through worse. We just have to keep faith and move forward.
So if you need to get angry, cry, go through all the emotions but don’t let it break you, don’t let it break us. This is my plea to all Americans. Don’t be mean to each other. I know it is very scary right now. I know it is also going to be harder to be courteous to those who may not be so deserving but don’t budge. This is the tough times, this is the test. I know I am very optimistic but for me this morning is the last time I ever plan on waking up ashamed to be American. I’m not going to run away, not even to sweet ole Canada. I am going to stay here and fight. I believe we as a nation will persevere. It’s not the end of the world. No matter if you are a Democrat or Republican as our current President Obama stated we are all American first. Always remember — United we stand, divided we fall.
God bless us all. God bless America.
– Love Always, SC