Everyone has heard, but may not believe, that Donald Trump is now the president elect of the United States. He overwhelmed everyone’s predictions – including mine – to earn almost 300 electoral points. He has now become the leader of the free world – and it seems everyone is going crazy.
There are riots in the streets – something that is usually a rarity after our once-peaceful presidential elections. After Obama’s victories that seem ever so distant, Europeans were shocked that there was not more tension. The United States have become known as the Land of the Free – especially after transitions of power. This is not the case anymore. There are fires in the streets, the Canadian immigration website has crashed from traffic, and the Trump HQ had to be surrounded by sandbags to protect from attacks. Does this seem reasonable?
The most outrage is not in the streets of Berkeley, L.A. and Pittsburgh – but online! The keyboard warriors of the millennial class are hard on the attack. And though their concerns are not for naught, but the offensive against Trump is absolutely a knee jerk reaction that reeks of illogical and blind anger.
Ellie Weissel is spinning in his grave and thousands of Tumblrs are claiming “now we know what thee Jews felt like”. Disgruntled youths have started the #notmypresident tag. What an absolutely ridiculous idea! The fact that they think their opinions trumps democracy (pun intended). The overwhelming amount of violent tempered brain rot is littering the internet and it does not stop at Facebook and Twitter. Though liberal, the occasionally moderate sites like The Atlantic and The Slate have been on an outright rampage – and defiantly not helping the fury of the protesters.
The hero of this situation has come from the most unlikely place: the oval office. That’s right: Mr Obama has come out of this mess as a level-headed leader in preserving democracy and ensuring a smooth transition of power. Even though Obama has campaigned for ally Clinton, his unnerving wit and articulate, rational commitment to the office has shown through. If the protesters had a shred of Obama’s honor, there would be no problem with this transition. President Obama is even inviting trump to the White house on Thursday to share his plan for a peaceful transition of power – a plan that has been in the works for a year. In his speech, Obama caught my attention almost immediately:
Now, it is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember, eight years ago President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running.
I did not vote for Obama in either the 2008 or 2012 election – but I am extremely glad he won. He broke my automatic pull towards Republicans and opened my mind to Democrats by leading a strong, composed, and uplifting 2 terms. Obama will be known for the first black president second, and a cool headed leader first. Let me end with the part of his speech everyone needs to hear:
Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first.
We all want what’s best for this country. That’s what I heard in Mr. Trump’s remarks last night. That’s what I heard when I spoke to him directly. And I was heartened by that. That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.
I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition. And I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.