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How Did Trump Possibly Win?

On the morning of November 9, my dad woke me up, looking gloomy. I immediately asked him “Who won?” expecting an obvious answer from him—the ONLY obvious answer. But instead, he said “Trump,” with a sigh.

I was stunned for a minute there, but I assumed he was just messing with me. I asked him multiple times if he was joking, each time he shook his head no. And it hit me. Trump had won the presidency. A man with no political experience, who has a record of bashing LGBT members, Muslims, Immigrants, and women, actually won the election. He was now “President Trump”.

The whole day I was overcome with worry, fear, and anxiety. How would he treat me, as a woman? How will he treat other people who are not straight white men? It was a very dark day for me and my peers. But I knew there had to be some type of reason as to why a bigoted and racist man would win presidency. So I did some research. I looked at the angry protestors, the crying women, and the divided nation—and it drove me to figure some things out.

First of all, this year, Hillary’s supporters just didn’t show up to the polls. Sad but true. Sure, there were a lot of people who voted for her (after all, she did win the popular vote) but most of them either sat at home thinking 1. She’s obviously going to win this because she’s more qualified and not rude or 2. I don’t like either of them so I’m just going to sit here and not do anything even though it is my job as a citizen to vote.

Second of all, the majority of non-educated, white people came rushing to the polls to vote for Trump. According to NPR, they “preferred Trump by 39 points”, especially in “Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania”, which all turned out to be major states in Trump’s road to success. People expected the Latino and black voters to rush to the polls, but the number of white voters greatly surpassed both of those groups.

Third, the FBI re-looking into Clinton’s emails. Personally, I hate talking about the emails because that is one of the only things we constantly heard about the whole election, but it did lead to Hillary’s downfall. The timing was horrid. FBI Director James Comey sent in the letter stating he would look into her emails on October 28, just about a week and 3 days before the election. Lots of people were already voting, and when they heard that, her likely voters had a reason to not vote for her. Comey sent his second “just kidding” letter on November 6, which “just made things worse” according to Forbes. Forbes states that “by that time, tens of millions had already voted in the belief that there would be an ongoing investigation” into Hillary’s email/private server.

Finally, America is mad. Not even mad, outraged. I have never seen America so outraged as it was during Trump’s election season. People are upset at our government, our economy, the so-called “rigged system” that Trump has consistently called the Democratic party out for.

Trump’s rhetoric of taking down the elites and “draining the swamp” appealed to a lot of angry, white, American people. Now, our nation is even more upset and more divided than before. I’m still very shocked. And upset. But I know in my heart that America can get through this. I’m happy that there are protesters speaking out about their beliefs and opinions. They are speaking out about their fears. They are speaking out because they want justice. They want to find that spark of hope that was promised and delivered during Obama’s presidency. They want to be free to be themselves and not have to worry about being deported, or being sent to conversion therapy, or being raped.

So, don’t be upset at the protesters. They have every right to be upset. Don’t be mad at the “rigged system”. Apparently it’s not so rigged anymore since Trump won. Be mad at the millions of people who voted for a racist, misogynistic pig with no political experience whatsoever. And remember, don’t be afraid to speak out, and don’t lose your hope. America can and will come back from this somehow.

Written by Grayson Ruiz

Staff Writer

Post Election: Social Switch of America

Much to the surprise of everybody, Donald Trump has won the 2016 election. Admitting that Trump’s win was a surprise is not a liberal admittance, but more of just a fact. News channels, prediction statistics, exit polls: They all lead us to believe the win would be Hillary’s for sure.

It wasn’t, although Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote. The electoral colleges gave their votes to Donald Trump. Ironically, in the past after Clinton won the Democratic nomination over Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump denounced electoral votes as a path to victory.

But now the results are in, the votes counted, and Donald Trump will take to the White House around January of 2017. The Republicans have also taken over Congress as the majority.

As unbalanced as the scales may now seem, Donald Trump has lots of enemies that are Republican, so he won’t be building walls across all of our borders without a little hesitation. As for the rest of his radical and sweeping movements he’s repeatedly claimed he’s intended to do, those should be halted as well, and won’t be seen immediately or in 2017 at all. In this case, we’re lucky that the wheels of democracy turn slowly.

So with that fear that some people seem to have aside, why is Donald Trump becoming president so scary? He will still have to abide by the checks and balances (even if he doesn’t want to). He does not have king-like political power.

Well, it’s because of the unsaid social switch that is about to happen, and maybe already is, in America. Trump is a bigot. There is literally no possible angle to decipher his platform to where that statement is not true. He is notoriously sexist, racist, Islamophobic, homophobic, and ableist. To compare, under Obama’s presidency, gay marriage was legalized.

There have always been people in the way of progress, but before this election, it seemed like progressive leftist views had firmly taken place in everyday life. But now? Even on the Dripping Springs high school campus, physical acts of discrimination have happened since Trump’s win was announced. Muslim people everywhere fear for their lives.

The most powerful man in America no longer sides with the minorities, so who will?

Written by Dallas Johnson

Check Your Privilege

Unless you’ve been living under a rock 200,000 feet beneath the ocean, you know Donald Trump was elected as the United State’s 45th president, terrifying people across the world. However, there are a select few who claim his presidency isn’t an issue but a blessing, and there is nothing to worry about. Those people have privilege.

Our new president, Donald Trump, is notorious for his misogynistic, racist, and plain hateful comments, attacking anyone who is not a rich white male like himself. He opened up a vessel of communication welcoming intolerant views to the public, normalizing them as if they’re words from God. He proclaims that women are objects for male pleasure and that individuals with varying ethnicities, disabilities, and sexualities are less than than those who meet heteronormative standards. What’s terrifying is people believe him.

For example, in Mrs.Cooper’s physics classroom two young men were angered by signs of encouragement posted in response to the election. They felt as if they were being attacked and marginalized, as if the “men cannot grab your” message on her board targeted them. Why is that? Why is someone’s real life, real problems an insult to someone else? It’s surprising how empathy has become such a foreign concept that advocating for the respectful treatment of women was such a confusing topic for them to understand.

Fortunately enough, there are people on the favorable side of privilege and are aware of the luxuries they have been given. These individuals are kind enough to use their voices to speak out, and lift others up in face of adversity.  In some ways Donald Trump’s victory had a positive effect on our country because it created an overwhelming drive to fight against intolerance and defend progression. Citizens on both sides of privilege are showing the world religion, gender, race, sexuality, and ability should not determine the value placed on your life. That my friends, is a truly beautiful thing.

Written by Liliana Reyes