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(The Economist, May 7th – 13th 2016)

What could you possibly have to lose by electing Donald Trump as your next president? The 9th November left many shocked, concerned, and worried about their future. First Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU), and now Trump has been elected as the next President of America, all within a year. However, Trump being elected as president is by far worse than Brexit, because there lies concern for every minority group or even every person that is not a rich, white, straight man in America. This is a new era of racism, and it has horrendously increased the amount of hate crime, 89% of hate crime towards Muslims has been linked to Trump (Levin, 2016).

Data has shown how divided Americans are by race and gender, with 53 percent of white women casting their ballot for Trump (Rogers, 2016). These women are creating acceptance for a man to make fun of their appearance, or her menstrual cycle (Bates, 2016). Bates (2016) is right in calling Trump’s actions as ‘misogynistic abuse’, she argues that condemning women on a ‘national stage’ has a ‘ripple effect’ because this then causes additional sexist implications by others that will comment on the situation. Many women across America openly said they would not vote for Hillary Clinton, as they do not believe a woman is capable of leading a country. This result is depressing in what it says about society’s views on women. Wasburn and Wasburn (2011) are right argue that the media plays a key role in condemning women in high power jobs, they focus attention on their personal life and appearance, instead of their policies. Trump’s win legitimises misogyny, and women’s rights will be in the hands of Republicans, whom many are pro ‘sexism, racism and homophobia’ (Sarhan, 2016).

This brings into question why the main support that we were seeing from the media and celebrities was endorsing Clinton; was this because people were too scared to say that they actually liked and supported Trump? The deepest concerns that lie with Trump’s victory is that he has legitimised the prejudiced opinions of all those that voted for him, most of whom have guns. He has made it clear that he thinks of African-American’s as ‘poor, uneducated, violent and unproductive’ (Rubin 2016). His attempt to get African-American’s to vote for him was by saying “what the hell do you have to loose”, you already live in poverty, evidently, your education is inadequate as it has led to violence and most being unemployed (Rubin, 2016). It is clear that Trump’s strategy to get votes was by preying on the doubt and uncertainties that people already had. There is no doubt that this will create one of the biggest divides in America since segregation, and what is most frightening is that these citizens already have guns, over 300 million (Kalesan et al., 2015).

Undoubtedly, Clinton was not the best candidate for President as she has proven to contradict herself in the past, and is currently under investigation by the FBI for sending government emails from a private server (Ballotpedia, 2016). Nonetheless, she was the better option because she has been in politics for a long time and understands how government works, contrary to Trump who is a businessman. However, people lack trust in Clinton because she is a professional politician, whereas, on the other hand, people see Trump as rather “honest and straightforward” (The Week, 2016). But, Americans do have a lot to lose by having voted for Trump as president, because he is legitimising misogyny, prejudice opinions and racism. This election has proven that there lies so much more racism in America than we thought, Trump was open about his racism and attracted others that were racist too (Rubin, 2016). With Trump as president and Brexit, we have not only backed into a corner, but isolated ourselves.

By: Sandra Xheleshi

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Bates, L. (2016). ‘Donald Trump’s ‘Spat’ With Megyn Kelly Is Sexism, and It’s Abusive’, Time, 28 January. Available at: http://time.com/4198737/donald-trump-megyn-kelly-sexism/ (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

Levin, B. (2016). ‘New Data Suggests Anti-Muslim Hate Crime Only Continues To Rise In Trump’s Wake’, The Huffington Post, 22 October. Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-levin-jd/hate-crime-in-us-survey-u_b_12600232.html (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

Rogers, K. (2016). ‘White Women Helped Elect Donald Trump’, The New York Times, 9 November. Available at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/us/politics/white-women-helped-elect-donald-trump.html?_r=0 (Accessed: 11 November 2016).

Rubin, J. (2016). ‘Donald Trump’s Deep-Rooted Racism’, Chicago Tribune,  28 September. Available at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/commentary/ct-donald-trump-blacks-racist-20160928-story.html (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

Sarhan, J. (2016). ‘What a Donald Trump victory means for women’, Aljazeera, 10 November. Available at: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/11/donald-trump-victory-means-women-161110080920686.html (Accessed: 10 November 2016).

The Week, (2016). ‘Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in new poll, but Trump is rated more honest’, The Week, 22 September. Available at: http://theweek.com/speedreads/650346/hillary-clinton-leads-donald-trump-new-poll-but-trump-rated-more-honest (Accessed: 11 November 2016).

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