#IVoted, What’s Next?
Wait, back up. What happened first?
Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Donald Trump in the early hours of the morning on November 9th.
Yes, you read that right. Donald Trump pulled off the upset and will be the 45th President of the United States of America. The pollsters got it wrong.
In Clinton’s speech, she stated: “I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans."
How did Trump Win?
The battleground states played an enormous part in determining the next president of the United States. Hillary Clinton actually won the popular vote, but in America, the Electoral College determines the presidential election; Mr. Trump won 279 to 218 after the concession.
In an election that brought about some of the highest early vote totals in recent history, along with one of the highest overall voter turnouts in recent history, the popular vote was decided by less than half of a percentage point.
Millennials said, #IVoted:
Most of the millennial generation showed up at the polls. A picture of the US map has been circulating illustrating how millennials voted during this election.
How is the Nation Responding to the News?
Well, the Canadian Immigration website crashed following the election. So there's that.
Also, as Trump began leading in the election last night, the world stocks crashed – and some economists were calling for another great recession. Today, the stock market closed at 256 points, close to its highest ever.
Because the popular vote was split nearly 50/50, there is a divide down the middle amongst Americans.
Ok. Thanks for the regroup. What’s next?
Donald Trump has promised some of the following:
· Repeal the Affordable Care Act
· Bring jobs back
· Build a wall
· Lower taxes
· “Make America Great Again”
President-elect Trump hasn’t laid out clear, definite plans as to how he plans to fulfill his promises. In fact, his website only has plans for healthcare reform and building the wall – but we can expect to see some of those ideals roll out before his inauguration on January 20, 2017.
Also – because the nation is divided 50/50, one to-do on Trump’s agenda needs to be to unite the nation.
In his victory speech, he talked about the divisiveness that was brought about during the election process, acknowledging that he and Secretary Clinton both played a part in it, but also stated that now was the time for the entire country to unite.
“It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our lands that I will be the president for the American people. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, for which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country. As I've said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign, but rather an incredible and great movement made up of millions of hardworking American men and women who worked together to make America better for their family.” – Donald Trump
President Obama also commented:
“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We're not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country. That’s what I heard in Mr. Trump’s remarks last night. That's what I heard when I spoke to him directly. And I was heartened by that. That's what the country needs -- a sense of unity; a sense of inclusion,; a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a respect for each other. I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition, and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.”
Our Final Thoughts:
No matter what side of the aisle you sit on, whether left or right, we can all agree on the following:
1. Voting is only one way to use your voice
2. Share your story, which helps other gain perspective
3. Use respectful debate to facilitate discussion on critical issues
4. Never stop fighting for your beliefs
Note: The Bitter Student, LLC is a nonpartisan media company.
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