Trump Won the Election and America is Being Way Too Dramatic About It
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Trump Won the Election and America is Being Way Too Dramatic About It

Time to chill out and cut the drama.

As all of us (hopefully) know, Mr. Donald Trump won the presidential election Tuesday night after winning 279 of the electoral college votes over Clinton's 228. For those of you who had been following the election closely, this was definitely not the predicted outcome. As of Tuesday morning, many statistics still had Clinton's chance of winning in the 70 percent range.

Now, I'm not here to tell you my opinion on whether or not the right candidate won - that's up to and your values. However, I am here to tell those of you having a fit over the results that it's time to chill out and cut the drama.

It is what it is. Trump won the election and the reactions I'm seeing from the people in my personal life and on social media are absolutely absurd. It's going to be a long four years for those of you up in arms.

This election, more than any in recent history, has caused a majority of America to completely lose their sanity. I don't think I can even count how many people I've seen claim that Trump's victory has made them "scared" and "traumatized", and referring to anyone who would have possibly voted for him as racist, sexist, misogynist, as well as a plethora of other degrading names, which brings up the issue of lack of respect for other views.

While it's true Trump has said and done things that are a little hard to stomach, people seem to forget that he's the president, not the dictator. Apparently some of you need to be reminded of the American system of government - you know, checks and balances. A president's power is not absolute.

The fact that people are claiming that this election makes them fearful is blowing things completely out of proportion.

I can also tell you that as a woman, I do not feel scared of Trump; and I by no means feel inferior or unequal to men. This election was far too based on name calling, celebrity endorsement, and a push to vote for a woman, not based on issues or policy.

At the end of the day, we've got four years of Trump. Whether that would have been your choice or not, the sooner you get over it, the better.

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How The 2016 Election Ruined My Freshman Year

When can we stop fighting?

Freshman year of college is a time to move out of the house, make new friends and share your views in an educated setting. My first semester of college in fall of 2016 was anything but.

I was able to move out of the house and make a few good friends. However, I found that within the college setting sharing opinions and views was not peaceful at all. It was more of yelling and provoking others from opposite political parties.

I figured there was nothing to be done; the 2016 presidential election was completely insane in every way. Scandals on both major sides resulted in mobs of people both defending and insulting each candidate.

I assumed once the election was over, people would eventually calm down. Obviously, I assumed wrong.

After Donald Trump won the Electoral College, but not the popular vote, protests broke out all over campus. It was hard to make any new friends, because it seemed as if instead of asking, "How are you?" people asked, "Who did you vote for?". No matter what you answered, people would be against you.

Many were terrified and upset while others were overjoyed. Protesters protested in the library mall of campus while others criticized them. Hillary supporters would yell at Trump supporters and vice versa.

Protests are a great way to express your opinion, but the tension was so high it made it hard to focus on what I was at college to do: study and learn. It was easy to ignore at first, but it became a distraction having to weave past protesters on my way to class.

Eventually, the crowds cleared but hostility remained. I was beyond frustrated. Acquaintances denounced potential friendships depending on who I voted for or who I didn't vote for.

I heard "I don't respect anyone who voted for ____" from both conservatives and liberals. I did not want to place myself in a category. Everyone was angry at everyone, and there was nothing to be done about it. It finally calmed down for a while but flared up again after Trump's Inauguration.

I honestly was excited for college to share ideas and learn about others' viewpoints, but now I can see that as long as Trump remains president, both sides will continue criticizing each other. If Trump serves all four years, I will be graduating college when he ends his term in office.

My college life started off rocky, and it seems I will not be able to share ideas and differing viewpoints with anyone during this experience in my life without people getting into a screaming match.

College is supposed to be a place where you can make new friends and learn new ideas while being respectful, but this election put a serious block on that in my opinion.

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Who Are You Voting For?

Crooked Hillary or PR nightmare Donald Trump?

This coming November will undoubtedly be groundbreaking for the United States, and for me, too. After years of following politics from the sideline, I will finally be able to take part more actively this November, as I cast my vote for the 2016 presidential election.

Of course, with that comes the nagging question, "who are you voting for" from literally everyone: family, friends, coworkers and randos passing by on a casual Sunday morning coffee run. But, to be honest, I still have no idea. I am literally stumped. But, here's what I know so far:

To the right, is heavy-weight, nickname-aficionado, Donald Trump

Some of my friends think he has some good ideas, and I see where they're coming from. Here are the aspects of Trump's campaign positions they were referring to: fewer undocumented immigrants, more gun security, more jobs for Americans and reformed healthcare. Those ideas sound great, and even a little bit promising.

But, for me, the hold up isn't his campaign positions necessarily. My problem with Trump is the man himself that Americans have come to know. To me, he appears selfish. I mean, he's a man who accepted congratulations following the tragic Orlando shooting for being "right on radical Islamic terrorism."

He has also said that a pregnant woman is an "inconvenience" in the workplace. The man who called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the US. The man whose blatant racism is rampant. Who remembers the infamous Cinco de Mayo taco bowl tweet? I shuddered - I gagged - when I saw that one. It couldn't have been for real. But, it was.

I feel as though I could go on and on. People tell me things like, "Well alright, what if he didn't say those things? Would you vote for him then?" The fact of the matter is that he DID say those things, and that he WILL continue to say those things. People who think that presidency will "change" Trump are sadly mistaken, in my humble opinion.

So, naturally, I look to the left, where Hillary, Sander's new BFF sits.

Hillary Clinton is definitely not similar to Trump, which actually seems to be a valid argument for some people. The highly ambivalent #GirlIGuessImWithHer trend on Twitter took off, as celebrities continued to stand with her. But, is that necessarily a good thing? Let's look at some aspects of her platform.

When it comes to foreign policy, Clinton opposes sending US troops to Syria and Iraq to combat ISIS, which, to me, is a pro. I, however, can't ignore that she voted in favor of the Iraq War while senator, which many would argue fueled the rise of ISIS.

She wants to keep Obamacare in place, which seems practical, until you look at the 33 million who still don't have health insurance. She's got a cool idea about allowing college kids to attend school without having to take out loans. Hell yeah, but it's wildly unpopular with the GOP and will therefore probably not pass.

Oh, and you may or may not have heard about the FBI investigation of Hillary's email server, which she has been cleared of. Interesting.

So, now what? On the one hand, I have a sexist, xenophobic, misogynistic, homophobic racist who maybe has some good ideas until you look at the fact that, OH YEAH, he's a sexist, xenophobic, misogyn... I don't need to repeat myself. You get the idea.

But on the other hand, I have a Democrat whose ideas seem well and good, for the most part, until you realize she has this nasty tendency to lie, as well as engage in shady behavior worthy of a full-scale FBI investigation.

What am I supposed to do? From my perspective, there are positives to both candidates, but those positives don't cancel out the negatives. Do I ignore the grotesque comments and find the positives in Trump's policies? Or do I ignore the FBI investigation and go for Hillary, her platform, and the fact that she's very simply not Trump?

Do I vote for the racist or for the criminal? I hate to boil it down to such simple terms, because there is certainly more to both candidates than what these labels suggest. I'll say it again, as I'm sure I'll say it several more times: I don't know what I'm going to do in November. And I'd better figure it out soon.

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Trump and Clinton Remind Us Why We're Over This Election

Karl Becker 4 Prez.

After the release of the explicit and disturbing #Trumptapes and an additional 2,000 emails linked to Hillary Clinton's scandalous "mistake", we all knew that this debate had the potential to be a dirty slugfest. That tone was immediately made very clear as both candidates avoided shaking hands before the start of the debate. Not a good look.

Moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz used questions written by the undecided voters in the town hall audience and at home to guide "the people's debate". One would hope that given the close proximity and interaction with the voters these candidates are trying to pull, there would've been more civility. NOPE, no such luck.

Instead of giving a full run down of the debate, I decided to do something a little less painful: focus on these two incidents specifically and how they were discussed last night by the candidates. The opening question asked by Patrice Brock in the audience dove right into the mess.

"The last debate could have been rated as MA, mature audiences, per TV parental guidelines. Knowing that educators assign viewing the presidential debates as students' homework, do you feel you're modeling appropriate and positive behavior for today's youth?"

She's right. Think about all the extremely vulgar language and the lack of model behavior these candidates have shown. As college students we may be used to hearing and seeing this in our unfiltered daily life, but it doesn't make it right or anything we should be aspiring for in our leadership.

Despite being a great question, both candidates' answers were pretty lackluster and clearly avoided any mentions of Brock's references, focusing instead on their campaign slogans of "stronger together" and "make America great again."

I know avoidance is the go-to tactic of politicians, but when the media blasts concerning new stories about the candidates every single day, you just can't ignore the elephant in the room.

Anderson Cooper had no qualms in trying to make Trump answer specifically about the tapes, stating: "The question from Patrice was about are you both modeling positive and appropriate behavior for today's youth.... You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?"

Trump's excuse for his lewd commentary?

"Just locker room talk" and that "it's just words folks," which to him means harmless. He then discussed Bill Clinton's scandals as "far worse" so as to avoid responsibility, minimize his statements, and take a dig at Hillary. In reality, Trump is a prime example of the rape culture we have created and accepted in society.

On the Democratic side, when asked specifically how she can reason that her email "mistake" was not "extremely careless," Hillary restated her apology and that she takes responsibility for her actions, but quickly shifted to discussing the lack of any evidence proving the "misleading accusations from critics".

It's important that she does continually apologize and take responsibility, but when she defers to telling people to "check the facts", it's hard to know what to believe and even what to check when there are thousands of emails missing.

Trump made this loud and clear and emphasized that if he takes office, he will have a special prosecutor on her case.

Are you thoroughly exhausted from this election? Because I sure am. The only bright spot came at the very end when audience member Karl Becker single-handedly won last night's debate by asking both candidates to name one positive thing about the other. Honestly our hero.

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An Open Letter to Trump Supporters

Explain to me how he's fit to be president.

I'm writing this from a place of genuine confusion. Trump's candidacy genuinely confuses the hell out of me: how he got where he is today, how he gained serious support, how anybody came to follow his policies.

Like me, Trump supporters probably thought he was joking when he announced his intentions to run for president. Nobody thought he was serious. Nobody thought he was fit to be president. But then the support poured in.

Free pass should be Donald Trump's middle name. No matter how many deeply offensive things he says, no matter how long he goes without paying federal income taxes, he is always given a free pass.

Trump supporters always have an excuse to justify his actions. Yet these are the same people who fiercely criticize every single thing that Hillary Clinton does, actions that don't even begin to compare to the astonishing, offensive, and just plain fucked up things that they excuse Trump for.

No matter what you think of her policies, Hillary Clinton is the prime example of how a woman can work hard, make it to the top of her field, and still have to compete against a highly unqualified man.

How many times does Donald Trump have to make demeaning, misogynistic comments about and towards women before his supporters realize there's a problem? How much evidence of his failure to pay taxes has to be uncovered before the excuses stop coming? How can anybody listen to him seriously talk about "grabbing women by the pussy" - an explicit comment promoting sexual assault - and still vote for him to become the leader of our country?

There is simply no denying that any candidate, especially a female candidate, who behaved the way Trump does, would immediately be disqualified. The entire country would speak out against them. Hillary Clinton faces this every day. So why does Trump get away with it? If his behavior is excusable to anybody, they need to check themselves.

If anybody can come up with an explanation for why Trump deserves the presidency that isn't a blatant half-hearted excuse, let me know.

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Eight Issues Hillary Must Be Held Accountable For

We have questions. Does she have answers?

The media has made Donald Trump answer for most of his wrongdoings throughout this election cycle. Trump's rhetoric has been lambasted, and his actions--as well as the actions of his followers--have been chastised harshly.

Scandal after scandal has unravelled relating to Hillary Clinton, but due to her virtual lack of presence in the media, Clinton has been able to trek on without much of an acknowledgement of these scandals.

Whether all of the things I mention below have truth to them or not, Hillary needs to answer for them. Here is the full list of scandals Hillary Clinton needs to answer for:

1. Her Wall Street speeches.
We all knew there would be a bombshell in these speeches the moment she denied to release them at the request of Bernie Sanders' campaign. This isn't so much a partisan issue as it is an issue within the Democrat party's voter base per concerns over her authenticity to progressive causes.

In one of the recent WikiLeaks dumps of Podesta's emails, three of the transcripts of Hillary's Wall Street speeches were released to the public. In them, Hillary looked like the type of "warhawk" Democrats have continually characterized Republicans as.

2. Dodd-Frank.
Dodd-Frank is legislation Hillary Clinton supported in public. This legislation is something Americans heard Republicans like Marco Rubio speak out against during the primaries.

In a leaked Clinton speech, she says Dodd-Frank was passed for "political purposes". What did she mean by this, and how will she stake a claim against repealing a purely political piece of legislation?

3. Her comments about Vladimir Putin.
It seems the media has taken the position that if everything you say about Vladimir Putin isn't a damning remark on his character and his leadership, you shouldn't speak at all. Hillary seems to admire some things about Putin, and she called him "very engaging".

4. The actions of Bill Clinton and accusations that Hillary covered them up.
I'm not someone who thinks Trump's lewd history should be explained away by invoking Bill Clinton. Only one is running for office. However, the accusations Clinton accusers are charging Hillary with--with respect to silencing them--is of note. Maybe these allegations are completely false, but it's not fair to judge the two candidates unequally on sexual assault claims with equal levels of substantiation.

5. Voter fraud.
People who push for stronger voter ID laws have been labelled hateful and bigoted. While Trump parades about that there's a grand conspiracy against him, a video released by Project Veritas shows Democratic leaders speaking candidly to undercover reporters about how they could pull off voter fraud. Trump is in the wrong for his suggestions, but Clinton should answer for these videos, as ramifications have already struck for some involved.

6. DNC Corruption / Media Corruption.
Donna Brazile has been exposed as a media mole for Hillary Clinton. She fed the campaign information during her time with CNN. After Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was fired from her role as DNC chair after exercising bias against Bernie Sanders in the primary, the DNC replaced her with... you guessed it... Donna Brazile.

7. Paid Organizers / Fake Rally Actions.
In the Project Veritas video series, Democrat officials had spoke specifically about involvement in organizing voters to elicit responses from the Trump supporters and ensure media coverage of these responses.

They claim they were involved in the notorious Trump rally in Chicago that was cancelled due to hazardous conditions. She attacked Trump for his supporters' actions, so she should be held accountable for her supporters' actions as well.

8. North Carolina GOP Office Firebombed.
This is a pretty obvious example of a media double standard. Any time any GOP rhetoric "inspires" something negative, they are blamed. For months now, Democrats have decried the morality of NC GOP leaders who passed the infamous Transgender bathroom bill. In an act of "political terrorism", an NC GOP office was firebombed. Will the media ask how Democrats' attacks contributed to this?

At the conclusion of putting this list together, I feel a lurking disgust for this year's elections. Think hard about your vote, but do so with all of the facts in hand. I hope this post has helped you on that front.