Editorial: We will hold Trump accountable together

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Gerry Broome | Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to the audience during a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, Nov. 8.

On the morning of Nov. 9, the morning after Election Day, Huntington was still standing. Cars were still stopped impatiently at the red light before McDonald’s, and people were milling around on the sidewalks. The world was still turning, even though, for many, especially Hillary Clinton supporters, it felt like it had stopped.

Hillary Clinton conceded the presidential election to Donald Trump Nov. 9, after winning the popular vote, but not winning the Electoral College votes necessary to become the first woman president of the United States of America.

The first woman president was an idea for the past year and however many months many people had poured their hearts into. Finally, in 2016, nearly 100 years after women earned the right to vote, a woman could hold our highest office. At the end, it seemed so attainable, so close to becoming reality. Clinton supporters undoubtedly went into Tuesday scared, but uber confident. It wasn’t just that we were going to have the first woman president, but it was that many of us believed in the message of Hillary Clinton herself. Hers was always one of love and hope. Her opponent, Donald Trump’s, was one filled with sexism and racism. The choice, for us, was obvious.

Apparently it was not so obvious to the other half of those in the country who turned out to vote on Election Day.

Those people voted for fear. They voted for people of all different races pondering whether they still have a place in the United States (they do, by the way). They voted for men chanting “grab her by the p*ssy” in celebration on election night, which instilled an increased anxiety among women who already face a culture that tells them they are not as valid as men every day. They voted for people in the LGBTQ community to be concerned about the future of their rights and their safety. There is no way to list all of the groups who suddenly and increasingly found themselves on the edge of panic on election night.

On Nov. 9, many people in America woke up and wondered where we went wrong. We wondered where all the Trump supporters came from, when all of the polls the week before were not in his favor. We wondered, amused, at what happened to the rigged election Trump so adamantly swore would be his campaign’s demise. We wondered how just 24 hours ago we woke up looking forward to the future and now could only see it as full of uncertainty.

But Clinton said in her concession speech that there is “more work to do.” So Clinton supporters and third party supporters got out of bed and went about their day and that’s all we have left, really, for a while. That is the ability to get up in the mornings with our heads held high and continue fighting for what we believe in. It’s going be a little harder now, but the camaraderie of the people who are not complacent in rhetoric of racism and sexism will be, yes, “stronger together.”

Hillary Clinton may have lost, but her message is not lost to us.

And, finally, if we really believe in being “stronger together,” then we will need to give President-elect Donald Trump a chance, because that is what he has earned. He has earned the presidency. He got the votes, 60,375,967 of them according to Google’s election results as of Monday night, and got them in all the right places. Hillary Clinton’s message of acceptance will now have to extend from her supporters to Trump supporters, where hopefully a President Trump will represent a happy medium between the two. He should do this, as any president of the people should, and we should all hold him to the highest standard we expect of any president. We will hold him accountable during the next four years … together.

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