I watched the election last night. Eyes glued to the screen as the results came in, trying to hope beyond hope that the results would turn around, that Hillary would take the lead in the polls. By 2 am, it was evident it was a lost cause, and I decided to salvage the last couple hours I had left before I had to get up and tried to sleep, so I could face the world with at least a few hours of sleep behind me and try and sleep on the results. Now that I'm awake, however, I'm even more sure of how I feel about this.
I'm livid. Absolutely livid.
Now I have to look people I know in the eye, knowing that they are the reason my brother will never get health care, that my best friend won't be able to marry her girlfriend, and that the majority of them simply voted for him because he was Republican.
"Surely, you'll still respect them!"
Be civil towards them? I'll try. Respect them? Not a chance in hell. I've lost all respect for those people who didn't think before they voted. If you press them for reasons as to why they voted for Trump, many of them can't give you concrete reasons, other than "He'll make America great again" or "He's not Clinton."
This isn't the election of 2008, where I respected both candidates, and would have been happy with either, or the election of 2012, where I favored Obama but wouldn't have cared if Romney became president. I'm honesty disappointed with everyone who voted for Trump. They're a disappointment to everything this country supposedly stands for. America has now pronounced itself a country that promotes racism, sexism, police brutality, cruel treatment of minorities, and xenophobia. How ironic, the country built on immigration is now determined to curb immigration.
I have some respect for the people who read all of his points and policies, and voted for him based on that, because at least they did their research and arrived at their conclusion because of that; however, it's clear that that's not the case with many, if not most, of the voters.
If you're going to vote for a candidate, at least do research into their policies and looking into their effects. You might ruin people if you don't.