Opinions: Surprise of Trump, his impact

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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

3 thoughts on “Opinions: Surprise of Trump, his impact

  1. “What’s terrifying is people believe him.” This kind of insults to the supporters and voters of him is exactly why the Democrats crashed and burned. It seems in this day and age Democratic “supporters” are trapped in such an echo chamber that they fail to see the exact reason why they lost, and are doubling down on the labelling of others in response to their failure. Calling millions of people deplorable, racist and xenophobic only further pushes the average working white male further into anger, and they will vote as such. Obama was a garbage president. His pushing of progressive views onto the everyday man and appointing people such as Eric Holder to incite racial lines in this country were far worse than the Neocon Bush. If you push a group into a corner they are going to do anything they can to get out. That, coupled with nominating a dying old hag whose only claim to fame is corruption, was the end of the Democratic party as we know it. Because of their incompetence is why it is a now one party system for the time being. These “protestors” would have been fine had they won the election. But they didn’t, and these college liberals lived in the alternate reality that Clinton was going to win handily, backed up by the corrupt Mainstream Media, and biased Debates where Hillary was given answers, and now they didn’t get what they want so they protest. Cute, but we all know the last time the Democrats protested like this, it was 1861 and Lincoln won the election. But obviously its the Republicans who are racist and sexist blah blah blah. Life isn’t tumblr. Donald trump isn’t going to gas the muslims and praise Hitler, so much as you like to believe. You focused too much on the actually racist Democrat party, who uses minorities for votes, never fixes anything, then says the Republicans are going to take all the welfare away. Its sickening. To end this off, riddle me this. Why have no white liberals threatened to move to Mexico instead of Canada?

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  2. Oh, please. If you’re implying that the Democrat party lost the election and Congress because of how often they insult people, then that is extremely and entirely hypocritical. The Republican party is full of double standards and blindness to their own flaws, like how much of a bully their OWN nominee is! He has made fun of physical disability and objectified women on several occasions. But when Hillary Clinton comments on this, of course she is the one who is being oppressive. For people who constantly comment on how liberals are trying to make everything so Politically Correct, you sure do play the victim a lot.

    Also, if the majority of people truly hated Obama by the end of his first term, he wouldn’t have been re-elected for a second one. You’re most likely surrounded by similarly close-minded people, making it feel like you’re in the majority. You’re not, and you still are not. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, and only lost due to a political system Donald Trump himself has insulted in the past.

    It seems a lot of Trump supporters have a similar problem he does. You can insult Hillary, sure. You can call her old, or ugly, or whatever. But the point is is that you’re not commenting on her political policies, which is the most important thing in politics (That should be obvious, although apparently Trump supporters tend to get confused on how politics work. Also, Hillary is one year younger than Donald Trump is).

    And are you saying if Hillary had won liberals wouldn’t have protested? Obviously? You would be kidding yourself if you said Donald Trump supporters wouldn’t have RIOTED had he lost! They would’ve denounced the system, called Hillary a cheater, and generally thrown a fit like they have been doing the whole election.

    And to answer your stupid question, white liberals don’t want to leave America. The fact that I personally know somebody who will move to Mexico because of the election results is beside the point. We don’t want to go to Canada OR Mexico, or anywhere else! We are so angry because a bigot was elected president in a country that we live in and want to live in and that we love!

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  3. This may be late, but I believe that addressing the concerns expressed in your comment is a worthy endeavor at any time.

    1. I’m sorry that you feel insulted by the statement that Trump’s attitudes towards minority groups are terrifying to many people. I posit that many of the people who are terrified by his impending presidency have been the subjects of his comments and threats. Women may be terrified by his casual and continued objectification of them and his assertions that his fame gives him the license to sexually assault them. Muslims may be terrified by his categorization of them as a dangerous extremists who must be monitored and banned from entering the country. Citizens everywhere may be terrified by his apparent disregard for other cultures, his isolationist policies, and his disregard for civil liberties (i.e. attacks on the media and freedom of the press, suggestions that flag burning should be punishable by a revocation of citizenship, threats to jail his political opponent). The same anger you feel towards those who express their fear of Donald Trump is also felt by minority groups throughout the nation who have been alienated by his rhetoric.

    2. If labeling of others is a problem to you, I’m sure you’d be appalled by Trump’s suggestions that Mexicans are rapists and drug dealers, that Muslims are collectively responsible for terrorist attacks because of their failure to report “what’s going on,” and that women are objects to be grabbed. You must also be made uncomfortable by his consistent references to certain minority groups as “the [insert group here]” (i.e. “the Hispanics,” “the blacks”). After all, reducing the diverse members of a group to a single generic adjective or stereotype is insensitive. Look no further than Trump’s clumsy pandering to Latino voters (“The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”) to find evidence of this behavior that you condemn.

    3. I am also sorry that you resent Barack Obama’s “pushing of progressive views onto the everyday man.” I expect that many people on the opposite side of the political spectrum feel similarly threatened by Trump’s pushing of conservative views onto the everyday man, such as his apparent intent to overturn Roe v. Wade and Mike Pence’s extremely antagonistic views towards the LGBTQ+ community (among other things). As you state, “inciting racial lines” and “pushing a group into a corner” tend to provoke fear and anger, as has been apparent throughout this election. I would also suggest that the extension of civil rights under Obama’s administration, perhaps most notably the legalization of gay marriage, was a significant and positive accomplishment, but it’s clear that you may not feel the same way.

    4. Your perception of Hillary Clinton as a corrupt, dying old hag is remarkably similar to many Democrats’ perception of Donald Trump as an unhealthy, inexperienced, small man whose numerous potential conflicts of interest and history of questionable business transactions pose a serious threat to the security of our country. To each his own! I also contest the assertion that the current political climate is a one-party system; despite the Republicans’ impending control of all three branches of the federal government, we have seen that Trump’s election has provoked significant outrage among Democrats, who are likely to contest many of his actions in any way they can. This state of affairs is certainly not comparable to the Era of Good Feelings in the early 1800s, in which the dominance of the Democratic-Republican Party and the relative absence of political turmoil created a true one-party system.

    5. I’m not sure why you’ve chosen to put the word “protestors” in quotations. Personally, I don’t agree with the violence that has resulted from many of the recent protests, and I believe that there are more effective ways to advance one’s agenda, but these protestors are exercising their constitutional rights. Given that many supporters of Trump threatened to contest a possible Clinton win by exercising their Second Amendment rights, I don’t believe that such a “holier-than-thou” attitude towards people unhappy about the election results is entirely justified.

    6. Simply out of curiosity, what kind of media source would you consider to be reliable? I would remind you that even extremely conservative news sites anticipated a Clinton win prior to the election, a result supported by polling data. Clearly, these estimates were flawed, but asserting that predictions of a Clinton win are evidence of a media conspiracy to elect her sounds a bit like a stretch.

    7. In what way were the debates biased? What evidence do you have that Hillary Clinton was given debate questions beforehand? Even in the hypothetical situation that she had prepared answers, do you believe that Trump’s frequent incoherence was evidence of his capability to lead the free world?

    8. I sincerely hope that your comparison to the election of 1860 was not intended to equate current protests with the Civil War. (Additionally, protestors of Barack Obama’s election burned him in effigy in the streets, so please do not assume such a condescending attitude towards current protestors.) It is true that the Confederate States of America was aligned with the Democratic Party of the late 1800s; however, the ideology of the Republican Party at the time is much closer to that of today’s Democratic Party than today’s Republican Party. Here’s a helpful article: http://factmyth.com/factoids/democrats-and-republicans-switched-platforms/. Even given these facts, I don’t believe that it’s entirely fair to equate the ideology a modern political party to the ideology of a party from 150 years earlier; fortunately, social, economic, and political conditions have changed drastically since the 1860s.

    10. I don’t know anybody who believes that Donald Trump will “gas the Muslims and praise Hitler.” I do, however, know that Donald Trump has obtained David Duke’s endorsement and that his election has provoked a triumphant neo-Nazi gathering. Is this a reflection of Trump’s policies? Not necessarily, despite the reluctance with which he has disavowed white supremacist groups; however, the fact that his election seems to have facilitated the expression of such (dare I say it?) deplorable perspectives is enough to incite profound fear in many, many people.

    11. I feel that I’ve already addressed your assertion that the Democratic Party is “actually racist.” Please feel free to refer to my above comments.

    12. I’m not sure why you feel the need to specify “white liberals,” but I expect that Canada’s progressive government and stable economy is enticing to many people. I have, in fact, heard people ponder moving to Mexico, to answer your riddle.

    Thanks for expressing your perspective on this controversial topic!

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