Reader: Have you started to believe in this mayhem? Has the dust settled for you?
America, founded on democracy, has elected a bigot, a chauvinist, a xenophobe to be the President of the United States of America.
Isn’t it a shame?
I am now starting to become tired of describing Mr. Trump as the adjectives which I have described him as up above. America has become a laughingstock, an entertainment train chugging through the world’s mayhem. It has become an international reality show; a surrealist nightmare.
Published on November 9th, 2016, this video presents John Green discussing the outcome of the 2016 election, “the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency, the astonishing and beautiful persistence of hope among humans, and attempts to offer somewhat lost thoughts on where to go now” (John Green, YouTube caption).
Even here, John Green, a profound mind of the 21st century, is a lost as to where the country is going to go now.
I watched the world crash down in front of me as I watched the election results in a building filled with my fellow university students. Initially, the night was hopeful — there was popcorn, pizza and drinks to pre-celebrate the night which was to come. Supposedly, the night which would then become a night to remember: the night when America voted a woman to be the President of the United States of America. Throughout the night, I saw my fellow students eventually break down, laugh hysterically, bawl in public — any which way one can cope with the terrible news that Donald Trump won.
Perhaps, I am still in shock. Perhaps, I still do not believe that these fair states could do this to the country and to the world. Perhaps, I still refuse to confront this humiliation to women, minorities, the LGBTQ+ community.
I think that for now, I am willing to help our society by calling out bigotry, misogyny and racism. I will not stand for anything less than good, than fair.