I'm Ashamed: Post Election Thoughts

I figured I would do a post-election update since it’s been nearly a year since the Donald was elected into presidency.

If I had to sum up my feelings about our country over the last year, I would say that I’m ashamed.

I’m ashamed that he is in office, I am ashamed of his words and actions. I am ashamed that there are other nations looking at mine and thinking how did they let this happen. I don’t know. I can’t believe it either.

While I could never hate my friends who voted for him, I hate that he was elected.

Whether it’s firing people because they aren’t loyal to him, rescinding DACA, having connections to Russia, being a giant hypocrite (personal email servers? really?), denying climate change, accusing London’s mayor of being indifferent to terrorism, calling Nazis “fine people”, tweeting more about the NFL than real problems (natural disasters and gun violence), backing out of the Paris Agreement, eliminating the estate tax (I shouldn’t have to explain how selfish that is), etc. I’d be really surprised if someone still supported him blindly. And these are just the things that have happened while he’s been in office. Even before he was elected we knew he was unfit for office and a genuinely awful person.

I am ashamed, disappointed, confused, angry, outraged, and sad. I am so sad.

As Hillary has echoed, what happened?

Today has been hard. After the New York Times reported that Trump went to Puerto Rico and claimed that they should be proud that only 16 people died compared with a “real catastrophe like Hurricane Katrina”, I was hurt. I can’t imagine how far from reality you have to be to dehumanize those lives lost. The people who died were brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, mothers, and fathers. I don’t know how you cannot grieve and mourn them. I am hurt.


Lizzie Bromley