When I first heard he was entering the race, I never thought that Donald Trump had a legitimate shot at the Presidency. Then I went to Maryland over the summer, and I saw the Trump-Pence stickers and lawn signs almost everywhere we went. Then slowly, I started noticing the Trump stickers and lawn signs appear in my neighborhood in the Sacramento area.
In California, it was assumed that the state would swing for Hillary, and for the most part, it did. Yet it isn’t that simple, because I have neighbors who I know voted for Trump. I saw their lawn signs, I saw their bumper stickers, and I am sure that they are happy their candidate won.
It’s just saddening to know that even in the Bay Area, at my former high school, there were students being attacked today. It’s saddening to know that not much has changed, I remember being in high school when 9/11 happened and I got the sense that as a person who’s ethnically ambiguous, it wasn’t safe to code as visibly Other. The campus felt racially charged, and all I can think is that children reflect what they see in their home. Support for Trump came across America.
Trump as President won’t affect the fact our nation is facing many grave issues, among them what we’re going to do to try to minimize the effects of climate change. Trump as President just means what I knew to be true with President Obama: at the end of the day, what matters is what is going on at the local level. I for one plan to stay informed, and do what I can to keep moving forward.