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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at C of C chapter.

Here it goes. We, as a nation, have to endure at least two years of one party controlling every branch of the United States government. We will have to watch Donald Trump represent us on the global stage. Just referring to him as “President-elect” brings flashbacks of his horrid campaign. There are literally thousands of reasons why he should never have been elected. But here we are on the cusp of the Trump administration, and I am urging every single person to just accept our mess.

I am pro-Hillary. I wanted her to win and I still believe that she was worthy of being elected as the first female president. And we failed her, ashamed our fore-mothers, and let successive generations of bright, capable women down by not electing her. I will go to my grave believing this. Why? To make a long explanation short, we elected a man who sexually harrasses women, degrades women and bragged about this over an exceptionally qualified woman with over thirty years of experience. That is one small fraction of why I will never support President-elect Trump.

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Instead, I support America. My hometown hosted a huge rally a month after he announced his candidacy. My dad voted for Trump. And that is part of the reason why I can resolve myself to this election’s result. I can understand why my dad, my family and my friends voted for him. They voted in their interest. I do not agree with that decision, but I can understand it. And I think that understanding is missing from many people on both sides. Like it or not, this is our country and we consented to the system that elected him. But do not go around chanting “Love it or Leave it” because our system was also created with a way to protest it. Look at what this RNC strategist says about the protests. It really is astounding that anyone who respects the Bill of Rights would EVER compare protest to whining.

Image from NY Times.

Unity is the only way to overcome the divisiveness that burst through during this election. Every American, regardless of race, class, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin, will be a part of this reconciliation process. I hope that Trump is a good president, do not get me wrong on that. I do not want America to fail just to prove a point to everyone who elected him.

Only time will tell, but right now, I have little faith in President-elect Donald Trump.

A Political Science and International Studies double major with a minor in Midddle East studies at College of Charleston.