I am accepting the results of the 2016 Presidential Election.
However, I feel it necessary to share how the results have affected myself as well as my family and friends. I make no apologies for sharing my story.
I respect the opinions of others; this isn’t about the Democrats being against the Republicans, this is so much bigger than that. I respect that your opinion may differ from mine, it’s when your opinion affects my existence that I start having a problem.
Reality “star” Donald Trump is our 45th President. I’ve spent the better part of today attempting to wrap my head around that. Lets, for a second, ignore the fact that he is unqualified to be President; Donald Trump has now provided a platform for every racist, bigot and homophobic human being in this country. All day long I’ve heard this from Trump supporters, “not every person that voted for Trump is a racist”. Forgive me for not taking that statement seriously.
Do not tell me you are not a racist when you are supporting a man who built his campaign around racism and bigotry. Do not tell me that I matter to you when my very existence is something your President would want to get rid of. Do not tell me you understand me, when in the same breath you’re telling me that I am too emotional. This election was about so much more than just policies; it was about human rights. On November 8th half of the United States showed how little they care about the rights of minorities, immigrants and the LGBTQ community. Look, we are all aware that Hillary was not the best Democratic candidate but I refuse to believe that Donald Trump was the best option.
Donald Trump as President invokes a fear in me that I didn’t think was possible. Every inch of my being is threatened with him as President; whether you look at me as a Mexican-American, a woman or part of the LGBTQ community. I do not feel safe. This isn’t just on him though; this fear was carefully implanted by every single person that voted for him. Do not tell me about policies. Do not try to explain how you love the LGBTQ community but you stood with him on his other policies. You do not get to pick and choose what you support in a candidate, you’re not at Subway building a sandwich. You voted for Trump and you got him, every inch of his racist, misogynistic and hate-infused being.
I got off the phone with my father a few hours ago and his words will ring through my ears for the rest of my life, “Julie, do you know what it felt like to see the country I gave so much to, show their hatred for me?” The crack in his voice when he spoke, the sob that caught in his throat; my father is no rapist and no criminal and yet he is being made to feel like one. How do we unite after this? How do we come together after half of the country feels broken and alienated?
The truth of the matter is that the decision has been made and there is no turning back; Donald Trump is our next President. So, I’m not writing this to change the minds of his supporters; if anything I’m just hoping that you begin to understand where the other side is coming from. You have hurt us to our core and this country no longer feels safe to us. YOU HAVE DONE THAT.
So, how do we begin to heal? … Slowly.
I’m hurting and today I took the time to grieve; I cried, I was angry, I was hurt and I was scared. Today time stood still, I tried not to make sudden movements for fear of hurting more. Today I allowed fear to take over; I cried for my mother, for my father and for my brother. Though, I cried the most for my nephews and niece; children unaware of the hate-filled world they are being raised in.
Tomorrow is a new day and fear is no longer welcomed, I am still the same optimistic person I was before the results. I am still proud of the fact that I voted for a female Presidential candidate, I still believe in the progress we have made in the LGBTQ community, I am still in awe of what my parents created for themselves in this country, I will still (and forever will continue to) speak up. My voice is louder than it was yesterday, my drive is stronger and my belief in change is undeniable. We had a minor setback but if we come together now, more than ever, we can make the biggest difference.