Hey America, remember that time…?

Oh hi there. Long time to speak. A lot has happened since the last time I made a blog post. Rio hosted the Olympics, I started my fourth year of university, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, oh and Donald freaking Trump was freaking voted freaking President of the freaking United freaking States of freaking America.

Remember that time I wrote a blog post about the worst mass shooting in US history? Remember that time I mentioned that Trump spewed Islamophobic tweets? Well, buckle up kids because this is just the beginning. This is no longer a joke.

I woke up this morning to a world in chaos. The Canadian immigration website actually crashed last night as Trump moved closer to victory. The stock markets began falling. American’s and people around the world are at a loss. This morning, I didn’t quite know what to say or how to put my thoughts into words. Having had a few hours to reflect on the issue, I am going to add my voice to the shouts of people who won’t stand for what Donald Trump represents.

Throughout this long, arduous, frankly EXHAUSTING campaign, Trump has proven himself to be among the worst kinds of people. Racist, sexist, Islamophobic, ignorant, Ableist, arrogant, misogynistic, xenophobic, manipulative, liar – these are just a few of the words I could use to describe this walking, talking toupee. He has incited violence and intolerance at his rallies, and has made countless groups of people fear what the next four years will bring.

His campaign advisors had to take away his Twitter access in the days leading up to the election. Honestly, this was probably a good idea considering the ignorant spittle he is known to spew out 140 characters at a time. Personally, I find it astounding that a man with such teeny little hands can even use Twitter at all – how does he reach all the keys?

All jokes aside however, people in America are legitimately concerned about what a Trump presidency will look like. I can only imagine, but one thing I know for certain is that we have to take this mistake and learn from it. No longer can the excuse “I didn’t vote because I knew it wouldn’t make a difference” be acceptable. No longer can we say “I didn’t vote because I don’t care about politics, whoever wins wins.” Voting or not always has the power to change the face of a country, and the face of America right now has a horrendous fake tan.

We need to let our feelings about this election drive us forward, not into hate and fear of “Others”, but into progress and love.  We need to let people know that we will not stand for racism, sexism, xenophobia, sexual assault, etc. etc. We need to build a society based on hope, love, and tolerance. This goes out to everyone, not just Americans who want to see change. We can do better, and we must do better.

I stand with all those in America who feel threatened in their own home. I still stand with a presidential candidate who was qualified for the job, who actually stood for a better America. You can say all you want that Trump was a better choice than Hillary because she is a “criminal.” Go ahead, make your excuses. I’ll be over here, not supporting a president who won based on all the things wrong with the world.

 

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