The reading pointed to an easy Clinton victory but so did the opponent. I mean, who could vote for Trump, the least prepared president in modern times since he hadn’t been elected to any public office. Then there are the lies. The Toronto Star’s Washington Bureau Chief, Daniel Dale, found 560 false things and listed them. There are the rape and sexual assault accusations against him. Finally, there are the outrageous things he said to get on TV and get attention. Through all of this, he won.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” said Trump. I hope he is not lying. I hope he turns into a politician. Usually, that means something bad but for him; I hope it is something good.
A politician’s job is to do anything and everything to get elected and gain popularity. Under normal circumstances, this is seen as a bad thing, but for Trump, I am hoping he learns to be more like this. He did not win the popular vote of Americans and needs to listen to those who voted against him. There needs to be a walking back of statements on banning Muslims, stopping immigration, ripping up trade agreements, pulling the military back from conflicts and a whole host of other things. These are my hopes. I am not expecting him to morph into this, but the challenges he faces may force him to do so.
There also needs to be some hope from those who voted against him to give him time to make this move hopefully. Indications will come as Trump forms his cabinet and who he chooses to surround himself with. We also need to look at other conservatives who were opposed to Trump and see how willing they are to work with him. It all comes back to time, and we will need it.
Before going to bed, my partner sent me a message: “I am worried about my mother and her husband.” His mother is Chinese and living in New Mexico and is married to an American. His fear is real, but I hope a year from now it won’t be there.