The 2016 election has been one of the most controversial from the start. Since it was announced that Donald Trump was a presidential candidate, not many people believed that he would get as far as he did. However, on November 8th, when Trump won the presidential election, the country became divided. Many people couldn’t believe what they were hearing was true, whether that was a good or bad thing to them. The idea of calling Trump the president of the United States brings either fear or joy to the people of America. Many people even took to social medias, such as Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to voice their opinions. Several people even questioned if he was qualified to run a diverse country, like America, given his record of racist comments throughout the election season.
With people fearing what Trump’s presidential campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”, entailed protests broke out across the nation. Just the day after he won and even during the inauguration on January 20th, city streets were flooded with people chanting things like “Not my President”. Many of these protests resulted in violence. However, while many were out protesting, Trump supporters were celebrating their victories at the inauguration. At Loyola University Maryland, a teach-in was held for both the students and professors. The following day, after the inauguration of president Trump, a “Woman’s March” was organized in major cities across the county such as Washington D.C., New York, and Chicago.
While the results of the election may have not been ideal for many people across America, I believe that, although the protests may bring a slight amount of comfort to those who are uneasy, Americans need to be optimistic and provide the candidate whom America elected to be our president with respect by uniting in a positive way.