November 11th ’s election results came as a shock to many. President-elect Donald Trump won
over swing states like Ohio and Florida putting him over the top against his opponent Hilary Clinton.
Various news outlets predicted the exact opposite resulting in worldwide awe when Donald Trump
Many Americans took to the streets to protest. Movements sparked all over the map from
college campuses to city streets to show disapproval for the president-elect. With so many people
against Donald Trump, then who was for him? It was the people in rural communities who shared
Trumps views and helped him win the election. This is evident in places like Ohio where Columbus,
Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Toledo voted Hillary— but almost everywhere else they voted Trump. I blame
the media. Majority of our news outlets predicted Hillary Clinton only looking at the popular vote and
ignoring actual probability. The media failed us by making the chance of Donald Trump winning the
election sound completely outlandish and improbable. These assumptions could have easily led voters
astray and made them think their vote wouldn’t matter. The news didn’t mention how close this
election would be, leaving us all in for a surprise.
Other than the media, at some point we most hold ourselves accountable. Too many Americans
failed to exercise their right to vote because they felt like they were choosing from the lesser of two
evils. Sadly, we ended up with the majority evil. Donald Trump voiced prejudice, bigotry, and sexism
throughout his campaign. While this pushed many people including the Republican Party away, it
attracted like-minded Americans who have felt this way all along. In hindsight Donald Trump showed us
America for what it is.
Here we are six days after the inauguration and President Donald Trump has been signing executive action after executive action.
Emotions are running high; excitement from some and fear from others. Where do we go from here?