Love trumps hate: my views on Trump, hate and the 2016 elections

My views on trump, hate and the 2016 elections

Today has been a sad, weird and surreal day. Ever since Trump announced he would run for president, everyone has been saying he would never be able to win. Didn’t stand a chance. I was scared, but believed them. Trusted the polls, trusted the American people. Today, they proved me and the rest of the world we overestimated their kindness and compassion. They elected someone who doesn’t believe climate change is real, and who hates women, immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, the muslims and basically every other minority out there.

Today, America elected a president who has been accused of fraud, sexual assault and rape. And because of what? Fear of immigrants? Fear of muslims? Because of Hillary’s emails? Her gender? Her husband? Because America lacks education? Because people are selfish and don’t care for anyone else but themselves?

Protest votes

Many voted for Trump, or didn’t vote at all, out of protest. Protest against the establishment, against Hillary Clinton, against politics in general. But they failed to see, or didn’t care, that their protest vote can impact others.

Those who voted for Trump, didn’t just vote against Hillary Clinton. They voted against women’s rights, against the LGBTQ+ community, against the right on abortion, against muslims, against people of color, against protecting the planet from global warming, against immigrants, against refugees, against paternal leave, against affordable health care and many other things.

By voting for Trump, they didn’t just vote for him. They also voted for hate, discrimination, sexism, racism, homophobia, a fucking wall, nuclear weapons, guns and violence. They didn’t just vote for ‘the successful business man’ either, but also for a fraud and a rapist.

So good job, America, with your angry protest votes and bold statements. You elected a man who isn’t just endangering the lives of every single minority group within America, but who also has the power to bring the rest of the world down with him. Who has the power to launch nuclear weapons, who doesn’t want to invest in renewable energy and who believes climate change is a hoax.

Locker room talk and other lame excuses for sexual assault

Today has been a sad, weird and surreal day. When I found out Trump won, I cried for almost an hour. And please, don’t tell me it doesn’t affect me. Because it does affect me. I’m a woman, I’m an immigrant, I’m bisexual and I share a planet with the rest of the world. A planet that can be so easily destroyed by war, nuclear weapon or climate change.

When I found out Trump won this morning, my anxiety kicked in for the first time in more than a month. I was scared, and sad and angry, and I wanted to call in sick from work, buy a bottle of gin and empty it all by myself. But I didn’t.

I don’t want to let my fear win, I don’t want to let fear decide my actions. After all, it’s fear that got Trump elected in the first place. I don’t want to stay home from work and get drunk because I’m angry, how different would that make me from those that didn’t go out and vote because they were angry?

Remember that love will always trump hate

I want my love, my dreams, my hopes and my values to define who I am and what I do. So instead of drinking a bottle of gin and calling in sick from work, I decided to protest in another way. In a better way.

I went outside and gave all the cash I had with me to a homeless immigrant who was sleeping in the snow on the side of the road (it was -5°C/23°F outside).

And I came out to everyone I hadn’t yet come out to, to the people at work and to my entire family. And I explained them what it feels like, to be different, to be bisexual, to be discriminated against, to be a minority. What it feels like to see a president that hates people like you get elected. What it feels like to feel unsafe just because of your sexuality.

If you’re upset by Trump’s election, don’t lower yourself to their level. Don’t let hate win. Don’t let violence and ignorance win.Educate those who discriminate or spread hateful messages. Prove them the lives of those they’re trying to discriminate against are valuable to all of us. Stand up for those that don’t have the power to stand up for themselves.

The president might not support the minority groups, but that doesn’t mean we can’t support them. Let’s make sure they can count on us, that we’ll help them, whenever they need it. Let’s show them they’re not alone and let’s work on making the world a better place for them.

Be a kind person and help those around you, every day. Not out of hate against a president, but out of love for others. Show the world that love will always trump hate.

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    1. Unfortunately it’s not just him. He can also choose people for the cabinet and the supreme court, who will probably all be even more conservative and dangerous than him, and not just hot air. And then there are all his supporters, who are already starting hate crimes against blacks, latinos, gays, transsexuals, muslims, and so on.

  1. I stayed up to watch the election with my husband and didn’t get the results in until I was already on my way to work in the tube (we live in London) – everyone was clued to their phones on the train and lot of people got tears in their eyes once the results came in. It’s like another morning of the Brexit news – what is this bubble we live in where we trust in the good in people, are we that out of touch with reality? We have to make sure we are there for the younger generations – It’s up to all of us now to tear down the walls of bigotry and racism and nurture everyone and anything that’s considered “different”. I’m so proud you took the high road yesterday!

    1. Me too! And I was shocked that people were claiming that was a positive thing. He’ll have to collaborate with so many politicians in the US and in the rest of the world, experience is simply a must.

  2. I saw a tweet over at the twitter saying; “We ask women why they don’t come forward when sexually assaulted. It’s because we live in a society where their abusers can become a President.”
    That was so sad to read, accurate & true.
    Even though you could say that the election didn’t affect me, it affected to my relatives in the US.
    Yesterday was so surreal & weird day, I still haven’t thought of it that much because I’ve avoided thinking about it. How will this world look like after 4 years? What can one narcissist pig do in those 4 years? It’s devastating to even think of that.
    I was watching the speech Obama gave yesterday & I could see from his face how he knew that all of his hard work is going to be gone like the wind.

  3. You´re absolutely true. I´m also in biggest shocked when I woke up in the morning and started my breakfast, and reading the news he won the election. I was suddenly down and really upset. This is also affected me, because I´m one of them in his minority and his hate. As I´m a Muslim and I also immigrant because I followed my hubby wherever he go. I don´t expected that he´ll win the election.
    But let the love win but not hate, not the minority and so on…and so on.
    But hope really for better world and a peace world.

    1. Are you in the United States right now? Wherever you are, I hope you’re safe and I hope you’ll meet a lot more people that respect you than that disrespect you ❤️

  4. My husband and I are both worried about the type of President, Trump maybe. Time will tell, but his sexist remarks and behaviour during the campaign is not of the standard of how a US President should act.


    1. He’s so un-presidential. His behaviour is completely unacceptable, especially from a president. And even if he behaved better, I’m sure even 11 year olds have a wider vocabulary than him. Obama’s speeches made sense, they were beautiful to listen to and inspiring to all of us. Trump’s speeches are just a bunch of random words thrown together.

  5. what an elegant and well put together post about such a touchy topic, many people feel that by protesting against him they are doing what’s right but instead they are fall into the trap of becoming like him and his followers, instead they should lead by example and be kind to those that would otherwise be discriminated against.

  6. Oh I have so much to say on this but have decided not to. It is a real shock on so many levels, my teens are absolutely horrified – as am I. It is scary that so many people actually voted for him. Kaz x

  7. Tough times indeed. I must admit that the election news just made me want to bury my head in the sand. I certainly don’t have anything nice to say so I’m keeping my lips buttoned.

  8. Wow this resonates deeply with me! Really well stated points! I live in Washington, DC and it’s been complete anarchy. People have lost faith in their government, violence and racism is heavily prevalent, and it’s really been a dark week for the entire world. I believe and love this country though, and believe that things can change with time and with a fight on our behalf.

  9. Like many people, I am devastated that Trump won. I don’t understand how people could vote for him, but I’m hoping he just pulled off his best con and tricked them.

    I am scared for the entire world, but particularly the groups that Trump and some of his supporters have targeted. I am dismayed that I don’t see a lot of people who voted for Trump actually say they are against the hateful things that Trump has seemed to support.

  10. I’m terrified of what will happen and I’m a white, straight, middle class woman who isn’t even a target for Trump’s hate. I can only imagine what minorities and the LGBTQ communities are feeling, especially after some of the progress we’ve made over the past few years. I’m just really hoping that all of the checks and balances work and don’t let him do anything *too* crazy.