Although it may feel like the end of the world for most of us, all hope is not lost as we come to terms with the fact that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
Now, more than ever, is the time that the nation must unify to rise above the hate that determined the outcome of this election.
We must not forget that despite being knocked down, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made history, and their efforts must not go in vain.
A new wave of progressive voters has been assembled thanks to Sanders’ campaign and women have witnessed the power their voices hold. These two groups will be essential in trying to maintain structure under this projected train wreck of a presidency.
Spoken like a true class act, Clinton said in her concession speech that, “This is painful and it will be for a long time, but I want you to remember this. Our campaign was never about one person or even one election; it was about the country we love and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted.”
Despite acknowledging that the country is clearly, “more deeply divided than we thought,” she expressed that she still believes in America.
The progressive and hopeful America that elected President Barack Obama is still here and can continue to impact our future, even with Trump in the White House.
Our Revolution, which was inspired by Sanders, pledges to, “reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the ‘political revolution.’”
Following Tuesday night’s election results, the organization released a statement vowing to continue their efforts.
“The most important thing we can do is come together in unity and fight to protect the most vulnerable people of this country. Just like we did yesterday, Our Revolution will be on the front lines of the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal tomorrow morning. We will do everything in our power to ensure that the president-elect cannot ignore the battles Americans are facing every single day.
Tonight Donald Trump was elected president. Our job is to offer a real alternative vision and engage on the local and national level to continue the work of the political revolution in the face of a divided nation."
In addition to Our Revolution’s initiatives, prominent Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King has been planning a nationwide boycott on Dec. 5 in protest of injustice throughout the United States.
Although the boycott has been in the works for several months, the outcome of this election has only strengthened the need for such aggressive action because Trump personifies the very injustice that plagues our country.
We have 70 days to strategize an organized plan on how we can best protect the most vulnerable among us who Donald Trump has threatened.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 9, 2016
These two major efforts, among many others, point to the various ways in which unity can overcome the current toxic political climate that was created by division.
Clinton said herself that as Americans, we must participate in democracy all the time, not just every four years during an election, meaning, voting does not mark the end of our civic duty to protect our rights. There is still much work to be done.
“So now, our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will,” Clinton said to her crowd of shocked and heartbroken supporters.
This is America’s moment of truth to prove that this election is not a true representation of our country’s values or standards. But, that can only be done by coming together.
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