I rarely write about politics, but today something unthinkable, unimaginable happened. Trump got elected as the president of the United States of America. So I thought I should write something. Being just an observer from far away, I couldn’t imagine how chaotic, anxious, depressed many Americans are feeling right now. And millions of others around the world share their feelings.

I just feel really concerned. Throughout the whole election season, Trump gained his support and his votes through spreading fear and hatred, especially infecting people’s minds with the fear of the unknown (homophobia, xenophobia, Muslimphobia and Islamphobia); and encouraging misogyny, racism, sexism, narcissism, extreme nationalism and isolationism. And sadly, today, America chose to give in to fear instead of having hope.

Regardless of who won, the poll results showed how deeply divided the American people are. The world has been shocked, stunned and probably frightened. Looking at the Syrian refugee crisis, ISIS, Brexit, and now this, people understandably have reasons to panic.

This year has witnessed so many historic events around the world. A lot more changes to come in the next few years. Trump doesn’t believe climate change really exists so America, the no.1 green house emitter in the world, probably won’t do sh*t in the next few years. Trump is a businessman so he’ll value a lot of things in monetary and materialistic terms; he’ll open more doors for big businesses and corporations to  manipulate the market. Many partnerships and agreements will be revoked. And he’ll continue to divide people and spread fear and hatred like he has been doing.

Years ago, Martin Luther King gave the “I have a dream” speech. Soon, America will have a “I have a wall” speech. Trump was right about one thing though. I read somewhere among frantic headlines and messages that Mexico just built and strengthened their borders in case people try to escape under Trump’s presidency. Isn’t that ironic?

The shock will pass and soon people will need to face the reality and decide what to do about it. Uncertainty is certain. I am going to quote J.K Rowling here. She’s been my hero throughout this election:

We stand together. We stick up for the vulnerable. We challenge bigots. We don’t let hate speech become normalised. We hold the line.

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Posted by:Hanh Lam

I am a young Vietnamese woman with a passion for development work and social change, a desire to explore the world and a love for storytelling.

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