Hope is Not Lost

By Alec Rudolph

On Friday, January 20th 2017, our country changed forever. Donald Trump was sworn into office on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C., officially making him the 45th president of the United States. But the new president is the furthest thing from everyone’s minds. Mr. Trump’s special day was overshadowed by the reportedly record low Inauguration Day crowds, the women’s march on the White House, and both violent and non-violent protests alike.

On a day that was supposed to celebrate Donald Trump’s victory in the election, it will instead be remembered as a day of mourning his victory. We all foresaw this. Mr. Trump is already one of the least popular presidents ever, and certainly the least popular of the 21st Century. However, in being the least popular president, he has brought our country closer together than ever.

People may not have shown up for his inauguration, but people did show up for things that matter: speaking out against racism, sexism, and bigotry. Whether you support Trump or not, it is impossible to deny the fact that our people want what is best for our country. Mr. Trump’s first hours in office will forever be known as a time of unity. Because of Mr. Trump’s inauguration, people care.

This is not a time for panic, this is a time for unity. Trump supporter or not, he is our president, and we have united around his inauguration. Perhaps he is the leader we need.

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