• Lindsey Lenhart

Don't be Trumped

In the dawn of the newly elected president, mixed emotions arise from people throughout the nation. The leading problem is the amount of conflict that is vastly dividing the people.

Often an election results with winners and losers. The defeated party and people are overwhelmed with the loss of hope for the future. This election was no different and, for a lot people, was more extreme.

With all the stigma surrounding President Donald Trump, those against Trump are fighting the newfound leader and making sure they aren’t silenced. And that is exactly what they should do.

Trump supporters may view these ‘opposers’ as ridiculous and may have very little respect for them, but everyone must remember that America is a place “of the people” and “by the people” and “for the people”. Their voices matter too and, amidst all the tension, Trump supporters must remember to respect the disappointment and fear running through the bodies of half the country.

The historical writer James Baldwin said, “I love America more than any other country in this world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

That being said, Trump did win the election and those against him don’t have to respect him, but they should respect the presidential title. Don’t get me wrong, I personally do not agree with Donald Trump and frankly don’t like how he acts. As an American, however, I know that we can’t allow this to divide us.

“There is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America … there’s the United States of America,” said former President Barack Obama.

The most important thing, during these times of confusion and pain, is to stay together and fight. Not to lash out, but to make sure we don’t give up hope for America and continuously work for change.

According to historical figure Hubert Humphrey, “what we need are critical lovers of America – patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.”

Whether you agree with President Trump or you vehemently disagree with him (or are somewhere in between), the people are what defines America and we all must work together to make this a place for all of us.

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in,” said Theodore Roosevelt.

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