Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States of America. As much as I regret that this is the case, the foregoing sentence is an objective and indisputable truth. Whether you like it or not, Donald Trump is the next commander-in-chief. 75 electors will not change their vote on December 19th. Abolishing the electoral college will not change the outcome of the election. Doc Brown from Back to the Future cannot fly back in time with his DeLorean to fix the election. The electoral college failed in its one job: not letting a nutcase become president. It is quite unfortunate, and a lot of people are rightfully angry– especially the plurality of United States citizens who exercised their right to vote for Hillary Clinton.
Shortly following the disastrous November 8th election, there have been protests of the president-elect throughout the country, rejecting him and all for which he stands. The classic Republican response to these protests has been something to the effect of “You didn’t see us out protesting when Obama became President!” First of all, yes. Yes I did. Second of all, even if there weren’t any protests upon Obama’s elections, you wouldn’t be able to compare them because Obama wasn’t an outright racist, homophobic, xenophobic, islamophobic misogynist. People weren’t afraid for their safety. There most certainly is a reason to protest Trump’s win, that reason being that Donald Trump is a disgusting man who has advocated horrible policies for everyone.
Although the protesters cannot change the outcome of the election, I respect the message they are trying to send. In these tumultuous days, it is essential to understand that America is grieving.
Let’s walk through the five stages of grief so we can understand the importance of moving on.
- Denial – We deny that Trump even won the electoral college. The #NotMyPresident movement tries to assert that Donald has not won and Hillary still has a chance.
- Anger – We take to the streets and demonstrate against the president-elect. We protest Trump, his hatred, and his hair.
- Bargaining – We regret the incidents which led up to this moment. We throw blame at everyone who didn’t vote for Hillary and wish there was something more we could have done (as if it matters at this point).
- Depression – We sulk as we ponder the impending storm that is a Donald Trump presidency. We lose hope, we give up, we stop trying.
- Acceptance – We realize that there is nothing we can do to change the outcome of the election, and we move on. We keep fighting for that in which we believe. We push for justice, peace, and prosperity.
It is quite obvious which of the above stages is most beneficial: acceptance. Only through acceptance can Americans move forward. Acceptance does not mean we condone the actions, words, policies, or behavior of Donald Trump; rather, we accept that we must continue fighting for policies that benefit ourselves, our neighbors, and our world. The 2016 election cycle has ended, and now we must look forward to fighting for our beliefs in 2017 and 2018.