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How I feel about the presidential election results

By Sarah Methuselah
On November 13, 2016

 

Tuesday night was supposed to be a historic night for women in America. Tuesday night was supposed to be the night that the iconic glass ceiling would shatter into a million pieces, and women would feel victory. Tuesday, a woman in America was supposed to take the leading role in the  White House.

Yet, for those like myself who supported Hillary Clinton, Tuesday night was a complete shock. I expected for Hillary to win in the popular vote, yet was not prepared for Trump to sweep the nation in the Electoral College. 

A majority of Trump’s campaign was based off degrading and dehumanizing already marginalized groups in our society. He has continually fostered and encouraged a divide among the people; the very people Trump is about to “represent” come January. 

He called for unity after being elected, yet during his campaign continually cultivated and discouraged unity by using derogatory terms for the most isolated groups in America.

 He spoke about immigrants as if they were dirty pieces of scum. He spoke about African Americans as if they all are uneducated and live in the ruins of American cities. He spoke about women as if we are objects for men to freely grab and touch—as if women are incapable and lifeless creatures. 

Many, including myself, are terrified of Trump being president. He won the white men and women vote in a country referred to as a “melting pot.”

After Trump was announced as the president elect, protests broke out all over the country, especially in large cities and on college campuses—which is amazing. The protests show that a lot of Americans do not want a president who has continually made disrespectful and vulgar comments towards them. Many do not want a president who blatantly lacks care or consideration for the people.

Distraught does not even begin to describe the various emotions Hillary supporters felt after realizing she would not be taking office. Anger, sadness, and defeat are among some of the feelings I had on Tuesday because I so badly wanted a woman president. 

Hillary Clinton gave women a voice. She gave women a chance to tell and show the world how powerful they are.

She made great strides in women’s progression by becoming the first female presidential nominee. She gave women an opportunity to once again show the world that women are not sexual objects for a man’s disposal, but that women are equally qualified and capable as their male counterparts.  

The presidential election goes far beyond politics. It makes me question how we have permitted someone who makes sexist and racist remarks towards other Americans to be our leader.


- Sarah Methuselah is a sophomore journalism major and an opinion columnist for The Mirror. She can be reached at editor@uncmirror.com.

 

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