By Jesse Cook (News Correspondent).
SHARON, MASS — On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, the American people elected Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States of America. Sharon is a more left wing town and Massachusetts is generally considered a left-leaning state, so there has been quite an uproar over Trump’s victory.
Concerns over Trump’s character and temperament are prevalent in liberal areas like Sharon, especially among disenfranchised groups such as minorities and the LGBT community. Based on a poll of over 100 randomly selected Sharon High students, 97% of the people feel unsafe or threatened by Donald Trump because of what they think he’s said, what he is for, or what he is against.
However, this feeling of uncertainty can be traced back to the consumption of mainstream media, not necessarily Trump’s rhetoric. 70% of the “unsafe” or “threatened” students could not specifically explain why Trump scares them. People also hear something or see a headline in and jump to conclusions about candidates instead of doing their due diligence.
Senior Ryan Ghanem says that he’s never felt threatened by Trump, despite being in a family of immigrants.
“I’ve never felt threatened by Trump… I think that though you shouldn’t feel afraid; I can understand, as an American-Lebanese minority myself, what it feels like to be targeted and to feel threatened by the words of politicians and you have the full right to but overall I think it’s a time to be strong and fight the fear that he manifests in you,” Ghanem said.
Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, has notably offended the LGBTQ community when it came out that he was in favor of gay conversion therapy. According to Snopes.com, a site dedicated to validating and debunking stories in American pop-culture, Mike Pence once supported the use of federal funding to treat people “seeking to change their sexual behavior.” He’s not trying to force homosexual individuals to change to heterosexuality, he’s just in favor of providing funding for the people who wish to change their sexual preferences.
The LGBTQ community has been very unhappy with the Republican ticket, but according to Politifact.com, Barack Obama, who has about a 52% approval rating now, was against gay marriage when he first ran for President in 2008. According to Advocate.com, Caitlyn Jenner views Donald Trump as a champion for women’s rights and the LGBTQ community. Maybe Trump isn’t the sexist, intolerant man America views him as.
Despite the possible change of electoral votes, Donald Trump will remain the United States’ president elect and what the American people must try to realize that it is not as terrible as they envision. Donald John Trump is not the Boogie Man, he’s not the Grinch, and he’s not the ignorant, intolerant, racist, sexist man he has been painted as.
No, America, this is not the end, and in just 4 years, you’ll be able to voice your opinion, again.