In London, the results of the lengthy and brutal US Presidential Race for The Whitehouse were finalised at around 7:30 am today, 9th November. In all honesty, I was far from exstatic with the final result, although mentally prepared after having watched the election couverage live on the BBC for two-and-a-half hours before Donald J. Trump was declared as the 45th President of the United states of America.
Frankly, the whole American Presidential campaigning has been ridiculous, with claims and aligations about both candidates being tossed around, with people seemingly forgetting that, for once in American history, their televisions are not showing reality TV, but their own futures. I don’t agree with some of the actions made and words said by Mr Trump, specifically the mokery of disabled reporters, his undisguised Islamiphobic, homophobic, sexist and racist views, but what I do agree with is democracy. Although not as strong as the murmerings after Brexit here in the UK, there has been talk of a second election, or another vote. To those who think that this is the solution, I say this: however much you dislike the outcome of the election — and believe me, you’re not alone –, democracy is a thousand times better than the anarchy that would insue if you were to deny 59 million Americans their say. Democracy is democracy, and in a democratic system, someone is always going to lose: that’s just the way it is. By holding another election, you are essentially undermining the true values of democracy, and playing a game that will not stop until one group of people get what they want, at which point the other party will follow suit, and demand a third, fourth, fifth re-vote.
To those who ask who I support, I don’t think you have far to look. Clinton would have been my choice for president, not necessarily due to her policies and ideas for America’s future, but mainly because Trump makes me, a disabled and bisexual teen, feel threatened and less significant than my able-bodied, straight counterparts, even as a UK citizen, well away from North America. Regardless, over 50 million Americans disagreed with my personal views, and whilst I could very easily sit here all day and write a great list of detailed points for why this is the case, and why I feel that Clinton would have made a better president, I won’t. Honestly, I don’t want to. I respect that a majority (a term I use loosely, admittedly) of US citizens believe in their hearts that Donald J. Trump is America’s best shot at a prosperous future, and I hope, for the sake of the world, that they are right.