The U.S. Elections

December 9th, 2016*

This day will go down in history as the day the new President of the United States was elected. For those who are living under a rock, Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th President.

It was a surprise, to say the least. Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote. It’s the morning after the elections, and all that people have to speak about is the election, and rightly so, I suppose. Also, in context of the Journalism class I am currently taking, it’s an example of the “echo-chamber effect,” where one sees ideas and thoughts of similar-minded people who express ideas that agree with them.

Sara7a, I don’t know what is to become of matters. If I think back to the days leading up to the election, a Trump victory was the last thing in my immediate conscience. I guess it was because of the many people who I was seeing rising in support of Clinton: from Barack and Michelle Obama, the conversations I had at campus events, the discussions in my journalism class where we discuss the ethics of journalism and trying to understand how people could vote for Trump.

“Republican is not necessarily bad,” I pick out from a nearby conversation. No, it’s not, but it is just that the person chosen to lead the campaign has over the past few weeks shown time and time again that he is unfit to rule the country.

People who were unaware of the political happenings all jumped onto the bandwagon of the elections. It is a contagious feeling, waiting and watching with bated breaths. My American friends express their disbelief at the results, trying to wrap their head around the fact that the President who has been elected.. was not someone they thought would be the President.

Everyone urging others to be safe, and to be careful. Facebook and Instagram posts. A live video from the White House by the current President of the Unites States, Barack Obama, “You take the baton, you run your best race and hopefully by the time you hand next, you’re a little ahead.”

“And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt ,…that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue your own dreams, ” said Hillary Clinton in her concession speech, early Wednesday afternoon.

I guess one thing which struck me was the following fact; the fact that “Trump won in areas where Obama was strongest among white voters’ (source: here). A blog post which addresses these concerns titled “It’s Going to Be Okay” provides a perspective which one might find an interesting read.

 

*this post was back-dated to the original date I wrote it.

 

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