CN: I’d list it all, but honestly, it’d be easier to say…Trump.
The first election I was able to vote in was the 2012 presidential elections. I was 18 years old in my Junior year of high school. At that time, Donald Trump teased at a possible run for President, but backed down, started the birther movement, and other things like threaten to sue Bill Maher who joked about the possibility of Trump being the offspring of his mother and “an orange orangutan.” It was shocking at the time and it seemed like it was all just monkey business (pun intended), but there were plenty of candidates that were just as shocking (at least to me anyway) such as Rick Perry who made the advertisement about wanting to bring Jesus and Christmas back in public schools and comparing it to “gays [who can] serve openly in the military”:
Or Mitt Romney talking about his “binders full of women”:
Of course Trump was horrid at the time, but that seems like nothing compared to now. We didn’t think he would get very far with his ‘reality star’ status and that people would take him seriously. Yet, here we are. Close to a possible Trump presidency.
I’m not sure about you, but the possibility of someone who has done so many terrible things becoming President is terrifying. I’m not even going to list the things he’s said and done because 1.) that would be an extremely long list and 2.) pretty much everyone and their mother is probably aware of everything he’s said and done by now.
I would like to point out that Trump is just one person. If he didn’t have his supporters, we probably wouldn’t be in this mess. His supporters seem to show that society, even though there has been a lot of progress, still has a lot of work to do and that there are people willing to reverse said progress. As much as I would like to believe that his supporters don’t have that much of an impact on society and that things aren’t going as terribly as they are, I can’t deny that this is the reason why we have Trump as the Republican nominee and why we are in this mess in the first place.
Now, I don’t want to say anything that anybody else has said because that would be too redundant for everyone. What I do want to say is that I’m worried about what might happen to my family, my friends, people of color, immigrants, the LGBT community, women, Muslims, people with disabilities, pretty much everyone that will possibly have their basic human rights taken away by Trump if he is elected.
However, I do have some hope. During his run, I’ve seen people young and old, including friends of mine, who have protested at Trump rallies, organized their own anti-Trump rallies elsewhere, and, just in general, speak up and educate others about the inequalities going on in the United States and the rest of the world while also looking for solutions as to how these problems can be fixed whether it be in person or online. These people and many others around the world are the reason why we as a society have progressed for the better. These people are the reason why this place hasn’t gone to complete shit. These people are the reason why we should still have some hope in humanity.
Now, because I hate ending on a sappy/not-laughing-happy-ish note, I give you…
Anti-Trump Bald Eagle!