The morning after a close election night is the worst, especially if your name happens to be Hillary Clinton. Although Clinton conceded with grace, the sentiments of her disappointed supporters and others who were against Donald Trump were palpable across the nation.
On Twitter, the top trending hashtag on Wednesday morning was #NotMyPresident, indicative of the sentiment felt by millions in the wake of Trump winning the election despite Clinton winning the popular vote.
A top tweet of a CNN video showing young people crying with the Simon and Garfunkel lyrics “HELLO DARKNESS MY OLD FRIEND” was particularly discouraging.
Other tweets were bitter reminders of what Trump represented to get himself elected into office in the first place — racism, lies, and sexism.
Trump’s use of scare tactics played out dangerous narratives between “us” and “them,” which appealed to his core constituency. Trump said in a convention speech, “Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo.”
a person who sexually assaults women, incites racism & xenophobia in the US, & wants to restrict the rights of minorities is #NotMyPresident— julia (@juliaschettler_) November 9, 2016
trumps entire agenda is rooted in white nationalism. poc, muslim, & lgbt communities are at risk. he does not represent us. #NotMyPresident— #1 kimberly hater (@apunkgrl) November 9, 2016
He capitalized on nationalist fears, delineating not only between Americans and foreigners, but Americans who didn’t fit into his narrow ideal of “Americanism” which caters predominantly to rich, white men like himself.
Racism, sexism, xenophobia, nationalism, and bigotry have all been normalized because of this #NotMyPresident— S.Moss (@LamborghiniBow) November 9, 2016
Demarcating the worthiness of Americans based on their ethnicity, religion, race, and country of origin points towards a flawed campaign which threatens the very foundations of the United States constitution. Yet, Trump succeeded. This is not Trump’s America. This is America.
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