I've been trying to find the words all day, but somehow I don't think there are enough words for me to explain what I think and feel since I learnt about Donald Trump's election as president of the USA. I'm horrified that this has happened, though not surprised. I've believed this would happen since Brexit happened; after all, the same forces are behind both: hate. It's still horrifying and never have I wished to be proven wrong more than I did last night. This is a sad day for any decent human being.
One thing is true: I'm happy to have finally seen a woman run for the presidency of the biggest economy in the world. Hillary wasn't the perfect candidate. Like most politicians, she'd made mistakes, but unlike most, she was a competent, experienced woman aiming for the most prominent job position in the world, and she had a chance, and that's a beautiful thing to see. A hundred years ago women still couldn't vote, but this year Hillary ran for president of the USA.
The world is in a dark place right now and we've seen racism, misogyny, bigotry, and plain ol' hate win these elections, but the fight is not over. Sure, the hate is more widespread than most thought, but while more than 50 million people did vote for it, another 50 million people voted against it, voted for progress, voted for a woman and for certain values. Many more are angry. Something terrible happened today, but that we took three steps back doesn't erase the other dozens of steps we've taken forward in history.
We're the future. It's the people who believe in equality, in love, in unity, that the future belongs to. I believe this because it's people like us that have fought to bring us here, and the path is not done, and it will be walked till the end. Now more than ever, kill them with love. If they think we're giving up, we're accepting this, they're wrong. They have won this battle, but they won't win the war, as they say.
To my friends from the States, I'm deeply sorry this has happened in your country. I wish for the best for the next for years. You have my support and I hope other Americans have your support. As a European, I've thought long and hard about whether to post this or not, whether I had the right to feel as attacked as I do, and I've concluded I do. The election of a man with the values (or lack thereof) that Donald Trump presents and endorses speaks volumes about the society we live in, and I feel outraged. But the truth is, it is those in America who will be most affected by it, and for them I'm sorry and appalled and I wish them the best of lucks.
Stay strong, the Sun always comes out, even after the longest and darkest of nights, and I sure believe it will.
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