This year’s election was particularly rough on me. I’ve been Bernie or Bust since he came on the scene like a wrecking ball, and when he was screwed by the DNC I got angry. In fact, I was so angry that I did not know who I was going to vote for until that day. I knew I had three choices. I could write in Bernie’s name as a protest vote, find a third party that somewhat matched my views, or I could vote against Donald Trump. Now, I live in Texas, so my vote doesn’t matter to a certain extent. However, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain so there I was at the polls the first day of early voting. I cast my vote for Hillary even though I felt an awful taste in my mouth. I can only imagine others felt the same no matter how they voted. In fact, I feel like there were more people voting against another candidate than they were for their own.
I was out of town when the election happened, visiting friends and family back home in Tennessee. I didn’t do much that evening, in fact I sort of sat in my hotel room watching with disbelief as numbers nobody could have anticipated started to roll in. I was confused, a little upset, and a lot sad. I didn’t even stay up until the end because it was very apparent what the outcome was going to be, and I needed to rest since we started our drive home the next day. I went to bed feeling down about Trump, but I’m not going to lie. Deep down inside it felt a little good to see the DNC get exactly what it deserved after it screwed Bernie Sanders. He would’ve crushed Donald Trump in every scenario possible. This is not 3rd party voters fault, even though 15 thousand idiots voted for Harambe. It’s the DNC’s fault. They killed themselves here.
I then woke up and we headed out. For the last two days I’ve been in a car for most of the day, which gives you a chance to think (and scour facebook and news sites thoroughly). I was not amused anymore. While yes the DNC did this to themselves, it didn’t really matter anymore. Trump’s New America was becoming a reality. I was seeing people harrassed for being gay, trans, muslim, latino, black, female even. People saying this was their America and people that were different than them weren’t welcome. People committing violent and heinous acts against people just because since Trump was their president now, that gave them permission. Swastikas. Making America white again. Strange men walking up to females they don’t even know and grabbing them by the crotch. The more I read, the sadder I got. What in the actual hell?
Many Trump supporters are telling people that they need to get over it and just accept it. Well, are we supposed to accept all of that? Are we supposed to accept that just because someone is a female they can be sexually assaulted because Trump said it was ok? Should people of color accept that they’re being told to get to the back of the bus, being called n****r or worse? Should a trans person accept that someone set their truck on fire, but it now won’t be ruled as a hate crime? what is wrong with you people?
We are not afraid of President Trump. We are afraid of what the general public thinks is ok now that he’s President. I can’t remember when I was gripped with the crippling fear that one of my friends would be on the news, a subject of a hate crime, hurt or worse even dead. I fear the day I’m out with my child and see it happening. I won’t turn away, but what will happen to me? And I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes right now thinking we’re just being dramatic but no.. I have friends this has already happened to. Someone telling one that they “won’t be paying for healthcare” for her “monkey kids” anymore. This is why people are scared and worried. Mike Pence has tried to pass the most stringent laws against the LGBTQ community, ones that had they passed would have driven up suicide rates so much. Conversion therapy is disgusting. It doesn’t work. But then again that’s someone who thinks condoms are “too modern” and “too liberal” and offer a poor defense against STI’s. (source)
I know some of the people that I personally know who voted Trump did so for a few reasons. Some of you voted one issue only, and while I don’t agree, I respect your priorities. Some people voted against Hillary. I understand that, because that’s the only reason Hillary got my vote – it was a vote against Trump. I know in my heart of hearts that a lot of the conservative folks I know and love aren’t racist. They don’t hate women and don’t hate people in general. But the general public, these backwoods racists, the KKK who endorsed Trump, now they are all coming out of the woodwork and Donald used them for his campaign. It was a smart move on his part, but he’s started something that he’s not going to be able to shut down before a lot of people get hurt. So while you are telling people to get over it, please understand people are fearing for their lives. And it’s not in a fake omg they’re coming for our guns paranoia. Eight years of Obama, and you still have your guns. Nothing happened. It’s real here, though. People are already getting hurt and worse. So just please.. Please, if you are a Trump supporter, if you voted for him or whatever … just don’t tell other people to get over it. Instead tell them you understand their fear, you love them, and you will do what you can to make sure they feel safe. If you see harassment going on, don’t be silent. Please help.