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Column: How did Donald Trump get elected president?

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to supporters at the Election Night Party at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York City on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday/TNS)

By Kosha Oswald – Collegiate Staff

The results of the election have me feeling shocked, confused, and disappointed. I knew people were eager for a change, I didn’t know people were so eager for a change that they would risk putting the country into the hands of Donald Trump.

There are many reasons I feel Trump should not have been elected. I find him to be racist, sexist, dishonest, and so much more. A big issue for me is that he is also inexperienced. I hear people saying that we need someone in office that isn’t a politician and I wonder why? They know politics better than anyone. For Trump, not being a politician isn’t a good thing. Being President of the United States shouldn’t be a “learn-as-you-go” position.

To be in charge of the country you should have experience with how the system works. Throughout this entire election he has downgraded and questioned the system. Why should someone who doesn’t believe in our democracy, who doesn’t have experience with it, get to run it? So many other candidates that ran were politicians and had experience. Why should they lose to someone who didn’t? That’s like giving a promotion to the new guy rather than the person that worked their butt off to earn that spot.

His companies have filed for several bankruptcies. He can’t run a business, but he can run a country? He has admitted to not paying taxes. So he gets to cheat the system for years and now he gets a say in running it. This doesn’t make sense to me.

I also don’t understand what Trump supporters are thinking, as much as I try. The majority of them on my Facebook page have been saying they voted for him because he is pro-life and that they don’t necessarily agree on all of his views. Well, that sounds ridiculous. It’s ignorant to vote for someone based on one criteria when there is more to running the country than just that.

How can people feel good saying they voted for Trump because he was pro-life? When it seems like they are putting the life of unborn people before the lives of all sorts of people that are already here? How is one life more important than another?

Does that one favorable choice really cancel out all the negatives? He wants to build a wall to keep Mexicans out, because as he says, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crimes, they’re rapists.” First of all, I’d love to see some statistics and facts to back that up. Meanwhile, there are Americans who are doing and selling drugs, committing crimes, and convicted rapists. How is building the wall going to change that?

There are also the comments he made about women. I don’t care how many years ago he made them. He still said them. They were disgusting and degrading to women.  His statements revealed what kind of person he is and how he clearly feels about women. This was 10 years ago, he was an adult then and he is an adult now. I doubt his views have changed much, so how can we look past this? How can people be looking past so many negatives? I truly have tried to understand and I just don’t. I am definitely one to weigh the pros and cons and to me he has too many cons.

I’ve also heard first hand some of his promises. He promises to bring jobs back to Michigan, that’s really cool to say, but what would make it even better is if he actually had a plan on how to do that. At the rally I went to he never said how, he just said he would. If he actually knew how he planned to do it, he would’ve shared that information. My guess is he has no idea, but I hope I am wrong.

What I got from this election year was that Trump thinks Hillary Clinton is a liar and that he feels he should’ve won an Emmy. I’ve also learned he enjoys using the words “huge” and “wrong.”  Not sure how any of those things are going to help him run a country, but okay.

My main issue with Trump getting elected is that I have no clue what is going to happen next. The candidate I want to win doesn’t always win, but I always have comfort in knowing that they have some experience in politics. Trump has no experience. I’m worried about some of his plans of action and how they will affect this country. I’m worried that the government is now Republican controlled. I think checks and balances are going to be drastically affected by this. I also don’t like his views on many issues and I am worried he is going to divide this nation more than it already is.

I hope for the sake of the United States that he isn’t this complete failure that I fear him to be. I do think it was a big mistake putting him in office. I want to be wrong though. I hope he turns out to act in the best interest of everyone and not just himself. I hope he learns about politics and makes informed decisions. Mostly, I want him to be successful in fulfilling his promise to “make America great again.”

While I do not understand how one could vote for Trump, I do not have hate or anger towards anyone who did. I can only hope that those who wanted him in office do not share the same hateful views that I have seen him portray throughout this election. I also urge everyone to remember that violence and hate towards Trump or his supporters won’t help. He won the election and we should respect that. It is completely okay to disagree with the outcome and let your voices be heard. But it should be done in a civil and appropriate way.

This is certainly a less than favorable outcome, yet I remain hopeful and confident in our system. We can’t change what’s been done, but our actions do impact our futures and those around us. Despite everything, I am choosing to rise above the hate.I hope everyone else chooses this as well.


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