I am in pain today. Not just for myself as a woman and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, but for every person that Trump has blatantly harassed and disparaged. I may not be POC, Disabled, Muslim, or any of the other many, many people Trump has made remarks about (including veterans??? Way to go, Republicans…), but I know and love people who are. To say that I want to hate our President Elect and the people that voted him into office would be entirely accurate. He has certainly earned those feelings. But to actually hate them would be no better than to stoop to their level. Trump built his campaign on hate, on racism and sexism and so much more. I will not contribute to that.
My twitter feed is full of people older and wiser than I reflecting back the truths that I feel in my soul. We must love. We must fight for our neighbors and loved ones. We must stand up for those being treated unequally. Had Hillary won, there still would have been battles to fight. Perhaps it would have been easier. Perhaps. But we wouldn’t have been able to take a seat and say “Okay, I voted her in. My job is done.” That isn’t how it’s supposed to work. We must stick with our beliefs through the good times and the bad. As much as this loss feels like the end of the world, it will not be. The repercussions will be felt for years to come but wars are not won in one battle and we will not stop until love has defeated the darkness. There is always hope.
Now, we must pray that Trump is a good president, as much as it will hurt to do so. We must pray that things will work out, however that may be. He still had trials in the next two months before he steps into office. I don’t know what the outcome of that will be. I don’t know if we could survive his VP Pence taking his place. Maybe it’s for the best that he is in office. I will not overlook the hate that he has admitted to and that this country has openly supported. But I will not believe that his win means the end of the world. Yes, it will be difficult. I’m not expecting an easy street. But I’m not going to stand off to the side and watch my rights and the rights of people I care about stepped on and thrown away. We will not take as many steps backward as feared. Not when too many of us are fighting. The popular vote was very, very close. The people are divided but the people are not all filled with hate and vitriol. I don’t know if this made sense but it is what I feel deeply and truly.
As hard as it is to be hopeful, as hard as it is to believe these words, we must.
Love above all else.