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Point Counterpoint: Can we live with a Trump presidency?

November 10, 2016

In what some are calling a major upset, businessman and Republican candidate Donald Trump has been elected as the next President of the United States, defeating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Emotions are running high in America. Is the panic justified? Read on as our columnists react to a Trump-filled future.

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Don’t fear Trump

With Donald Trump’s Election Day victory, the media has left impressionable Americans in a state of apocalyptic panic. The lives of minorities (and women) are feared for more than anything after the results, but it’s all based on conjecture.

Is Trump against gay marriage? Not really. He thinks it should be up to each state to decide their own laws regarding any sort of marriage. This isn’t because he has anything against gay marriage. It’s because the Constitution doesn’t mention the word “marriage” a single time and thus has no business in a federal court.

Of course, Trump believes in traditional marriage, but his alternative, Hillary Clinton, has historically stated just as much. In the latest election, she kept quiet on her personal thoughts regarding the topic to keep the LGBT demographic on her side. People change, but Clinton has not.

Is Trump against people who aren’t white? Yeah, right. Closing the door on Syrian refugees would do more for the same women #NeverTrumps fear for than Clinton ever could. Even if one ignores the rapes and terrorist attacks committed by bad Skittles out of a desire to look non-racist, no one can argue that letting more immigrants into our unemployed and overpopulated country would aide it as a whole.

This goes back to Trump’s famous exclamation of “We need to build a wall” between Mexico and the United States. With 8 million illegal immigrants in the workforce in 2014, illegal immigration is a real problem, especially for disadvantaged African American citizens who are losing low-skilled jobs to low income-seeking criminals.

Even Clinton agreed with the notion of securing our borders. Her plan was just a little less concrete than Trump’s. In 2006, she voted for border security and “some of it was a fence,” she said in 2016. “Maybe in some places it was a wall.” Again, Clinton tried to appeal to a minority demographic by being weak on the surface and keeping her opinions within while hypocritically mocking Trump.

The only way to claim Trump hates black people is by grouping him with supporters within the Ku Klux Klan of which his campaign has denounced. Instead, you could group him with the blacks and Hispanics who liked him more than Mitt Romney.

Is Trump against women? Nope. Trump is pro-life as Republican presidents tend to be. Unlike past ones, however, Trump strongly promotes choice in cases of rape, incest and health issues, wishing to cut down the pro-life plank the Republican Party has clung to so hard for so long.

Accusations of sexism mostly stem from some of Trump’s quips, both public and private. Deplorable as they are, it’s not fair to compare Trump and Clinton by calling them a KKK 666 homophobic rapist and a lady who sent some emails about yoga.

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    Pack your bags and bail

    Excuse me, America.

    Why? Just why, America?

    Donald Trump is now the president of the United States.

    I cringe so much at the idea that a person who is a bigoted, racist, sexist pig has risen to the most powerful position in the world.

    He is the oldest president ever elected and the most unconventional since Ronald Reagan.

    We as a nation have collectively thrown ourselves at the gates of hell and have begged the horrible demons to come forth.

    I’ve heard many people say that they didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton because she’s a liar, but I mean what politician doesn’t lie? Trump lies like every two seconds because he was just doing this for laughs.

    I can understand wanting a change from the establishment, but this was not the election to break away from reason.

    If the purge does happen, it will be the fault of Trump voters, but maybe that’s what these foolish people want.

    I see now that it’s just okay to have a president that is and has always been privileged, has no political background and a wife with a shady past that can barely speak English to be the role model for young ladies.

    Trump isn’t a role model; he is grossly sexist and intolerant, and we shouldn’t even think to look at him as a leader.

    America needs help. Trump needs to tell us how this whole election was initially just to get Clinton elected and then he needs to give the presidency to her. She’s the more qualified and fit leader, and the best option of the evil that we are stuck in between.

    I need everyone right now to help me find a new life because I’m not with Trump. I voted and he was not my choice.

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