The time here is five hours later, so every few hours I woke to check and see the results. It was breakfast time when the election was called.
First Hillary conceeded, and I howled. Then I saw the numbers.
A few minutes later, Trump came on and spoke. I had the advantage of sleeping through the hours of agony and commentary and tweeting. I didn’t experience every primary loss as they built up.
It was breakfast time, and I had a cup of Irish tea in front of me when Trump spoke.
And I could hear him. I heard a leader. [Now, before you stop reading and begin writing your comments, please listen to what I’m saying and don’t jump ahead. I know what he said over the course of the campaign. I know what he did to win. For now, please just listen.]
I heard Donald Trump accept the Presidency. I heard him promise to bring our nation together, to leave no one out.
I looked to see if he was reading from a teleprompter, and while it was likely he did, the words seemed genuine. There was no hint of the bile, the slander, the slime that he used so brilliantly to steal the attention of every media.
Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division. Have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one United people.
If you have not read or listened to the speech, do so. Don’t listen for lies. Listen for America.
I am a Bernie Sanders democrat. I am the Independent candidate who ran against Gordon Fox. I am supporting our President to deliver on his promise to unite our country.
There was a fear that if Hillary won, Trump wouldn’t go away. That he would oppose her “mandate” and slander her with continued campaign rhetoric.
Yes, this was a horrible and vitriolic torturous election. Yes, Trump did and said viscious and nasty things. Yes, he played the reality show game.
Yes, he won.
Last night, I listened to a well-dressed Irish man in a pub tell me how glad he was because “the majority of Americans aren’t benefiting from the government of the Liberal elite.” I sighed, and realized that no amount of education was going to change his mind during the span of a pint.
They say that it took Nixon to go to China. It took Gorbachev to end the cold war.
I hope–with no evidence–that it will take Trump to unite this country. That it will take Trump to end this long and wasteful war on terror.
For all his faults and flaws and hateful rhetoric, Trump is the first President since Eisenhower who is beholden to no political party’s agenda. Neither Republican nor Democrat claimed him. While this makes him dangerous and unpredictable, it also gives him the freedom to act without fear or threat or bribe.
It is time for us–we the people–to end our divide. We must rise above the rhetoric of fear and hate. We must stop denigrating the them and glorifying the us.
Donald Trump has not served a day yet. He has, by no means earned our trust. And yet…
Our future is unknown, and I am going to allow his speech to kindle hope.
Don’t abandon the issues that are vital. Be watchful and vigilant and proactive.
Support our President. Rebuild Now.