The following was filmed in front of the Trump Tower on November 9, 2016:
I’m not surprised America’s election fever broke this morning when we woke up from our fantastical dreams of equality and basic civil liberties. In the words of French President François Hollande, “His excesses make you want to retch [sic].”
So here we are on the day after Election Day feeling as if Obama’s legacy and Clinton’s perseverance have amounted to nothing. This isn’t true. Both politicians set a new standard for the next generation.
Obama taught us that anyone can; Sanders taught us to fight for what’s right; Clinton taught us that we’re stronger together.
Even with a racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic man as our new President, Hillary Clinton changed American democracy; girls across our nation know that one day they too can run for president and make it far. Clinton was the inspiration American girls needed. Clinton made sure the next generation of world leaders knew that their gender is not a disqualification.
Maybe this election proved that bullying your way to the top is the most effective solution, or maybe this election proved that America is still incredibly racist and smothered with inequality. The only definite outcome of the election so far is that we will be seeing more women running for political positions unless something like the 19th Amendment were to get thrown out, as many Trump supporters suggested.
It’s incredulous that a reality TV show host is our President, but it’s even more unbelievable that he has a following. Whether he believes his rhetoric or not is one thing, but he won. That’s the terrifying part.
The best solution is to remember Clinton’s fight for women, Bernie’s fight for justice, and Obama’s fight for equality. Their legacies are much greater, much stronger, and much more powerful than a physical wall.
The worst thing to do would be to give up. We’ve come thus far as a nation in just a couple hundred years; now is not the time to stop the movement for liberty and justice for all — only recently were we actually getting started. Trump is nothing but motivation to remind us why we were with them, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Obama.
I’m still with her, Hillary Clinton, because she changed gender relations in America and taught me eight years ago (when I watched her speak at the Democratic National Convention in Denver) that my gender doesn’t make me any less able to run for President. I’m still with her because I will not allow the recent civil rights movements to be reversed. I’m still with her because millennials deserve to see a qualified woman in the White House in our lifetimes.
I’m still with her, my inspiration to never give up, and always will be.
Our fight is far from over. For now, however, we need to stay optimistic; we have no other options.