#Election2016: One Month Later

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

A month ago, I went to my old junior high school in Brooklyn to vote for Hillary Clinton, who was all but certain to become the first female President in the history of the United States roughly 12 hours later. But then all hell broke loose.

A man who was dangerously unqualified for the Presidency and whose campaign started as an attention-grab that got out of control, was elected president. And in the hours before, when it became clear Donald Trump would win, I was beside myself.

I ordered food when the returns started coming in and by the time it got there, I was physically unable to eat it. I was that sickened by what was going on. I planned to celebrate the night with a few drinks, but could only sip water. Eventually, with a huge couch and bed feet away, I instead found myself lying face-first on my wood floor, talking with my roommate while trying to understand what had just happened.

This election was never a liberal vs. conservative thing. Instead, it was one side railing against a woefully unprepared, lying, hateful, racist, misogynist. And a month after that disgraceful human being became President-elect, he has done nothing to allay the fears people had prior to the election.

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Trump looked like a deer in the headlights while meeting with President Obama, has continued his war with the media, has kept tweeting as if he’s a child unable to control himself (most recently in a feud with Saturday Night Live) and has selected or nominated a host of questionable people — with his pick for Education Secretary among the most worrisome.

Meanwhile, starting with the night of the election, we’ve seen peaceful protests against Trump in all of the major cities in America. We’ve witnessed the bewilderment emanating from other countries, and have watched as some people have started wearing safety pins as a sign of solidarity with those who will be the most at risk under Trump’s coming presidency.

During the midterm election in two years, those of us who were against Trump will have the ability to take back two of the three branches of the government. And if we all actually get our asses out and vote — unlike during the recent general election — that’s exactly what will happen.

Until then, we need to keep our heads up and march forward.

There is no time machine to get in and no recount coming. This is happening. But instead of focusing on why it happened, those among us who were so virulently against a potential Trump Presidency need to keep fighting against the kind of divisive rhetoric and hateful agenda that led him to the White House.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog. 

Will Nevada’s Question 2 Bring Out The Millennial Vote?

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

This week, we came across a very interesting news story that lends itself to our extensive election coverage. The story was titled “Will the Nevada marijuana vote bring out millennials?”

To quote weedworthy.com (yes, that’s the title of this website), “they are young, many of them have never voted before, and they may hold the outcome of the 2016 election in their hands – will millennials be drawn to the polls by marijuana legalization?”

Just to make it clear, we aren’t talking here about already legalized medical marijuana. We’re talking about recreational use.

According to a 2015 Pew Research Center poll, 68% of millennials are in favor of the legalization of marijuana. So, the notion that they will come out to vote in its favor in Nevada is not unfounded.

The news story we found originated at NBC Nightly News’ “Red, White and You” series, in which reporters interview millennials who are heading to voter registration sites. Why are they heading to voter registration sites? To ensure they can vote for Question 2 – or the proposed amendment that will make recreational marijuana legal in Nevada.

However, at least two of the millennials interviewed indicated that they either a) don’t know the party that Donald Trump is running under or b) will vote “for weed,” but won’t vote for President.

On one hand, it is great to see that millennials, regardless of the reason, are coming to vote. It shows that we are informed, we are reading up on the issues and – contrary to popular belief – we are not lazy. We care. We want our voices to be heard.

The other side is the following: I can’t help but shake my head at the fact that one of the millennials showing up to vote didn’t know which party was Trump’s party. It’s important to know all of the issues in your state, whether they’re related to weed or to background checks for gun purchases (which is the premise of Nevada’s Question 1).

Moral of the story (for both millennials and non-millennials alike): before you head to the polls on November 8, make certain you know whom and what you’re voting for.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.