Many Americans, myself included, are feeling shocked, angry, and hopeless after the most polarizing presidential election in modern times. Yes, it is terrible that a disorganized campaign run on baseless claims and hateful rhetoric won, but we are better than that. We mobilized and voted and we will do so again in four years. In the meanwhile, keep hope and be vigilant. As Michelle Obama said, "When they go low, we go high".
1. Trust that some of the checks and balances of the government work.
The Republicans controlling all 3 branches of government is terrifying, but their majority will not last forever. Are they going to kill the EPA? Absolutely. We will need to mobilize to save the environment. But I believe that politicians as a whole want to preserve the United States. In four years, Democrats and liberals will be able to retake the government. We must maintain hope until then.
2. Trust in your social networks to help the most vulnerable groups.
Most of my friends voted blue. And those who didn't voted third party. They did not vote for Islamaphobia, deportation, and misogyny. There are enough people in America that will provide safe spaces and support. For instance, the day after the election, there were so many donations to the ACLU that their website crashed. There are still many good people in America who condemn Trump and his supporters' hate.
3. Be vigilant and organize.
We must combat hate in the country. We shall organize when the need arises. Colleges across the country have already held anti-hate rallies in places like UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Cornell. We will combat racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and misogyny. We will fight for those who have disabilities. We will fight for immigrant rights and against the building of a costly, unnecessary wall. Advocacy groups like the NAACP, ACLU, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Planned Parenthood, and the Trevor Project will fight for Americans' rights on the legal plane. Above all don't forget, this is our country. We are not alone. We will work to make it better despite everything that has come to pass so far.