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It is the morning after the 2016 election. Now what?

Jemima Scott

Jemima Scott

Lisabelle Panossian, Editor-in-Chief

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The people around me have been shaken with disbelief and heartache here in California. No, the world was not coming to an end. Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

For mainstream media and all of the Golden State, that sentence would have been declared as a perceived fallacy until last night at midnight.

There was nearly a 30 percent gap between President-elect Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in California, with Clinton taking over 60 percent of the vote, according to “The New York Times.”

Many other states such as Florida presented a contrast as the voting gap between Trump and Clinton was nearly 120,000 votes, with Trump claiming almost half of the vote.

Weeks leading up to the campaign, mainstream media polls reported a completely different story.

Fox News, “The Economist,” “Washington Post” and Gallup polls all reported 60 percent or more respondents claiming that Trump is an unfavorable candidate, according to RealClearPolitics.

Rather than presenting viewers and readers with senseless polling and reports of name-calling on both sides, news outlets should have reported on each candidate’s policies and plans for the future.

It is time to accept that our media, meant to be an overarching voice of the people, has failed us as a nation when electoral numbers speak a completely different language than reports and polls.

It is also time for us to accept that we as Californians, especially San Franciscans, live in a bubble of predominantly liberal ideas in a country that sees issues and events in a completely different lens.

Both of these dire problems in our country, surprisingly, have one simple solution: We have to stop forcing others to believe what we feel is “right” and start listening.

Rather than getting upset and protesting the rest of our nation, we must work together to find ways that unite us.

The last thing this country needs is a wider gap between Trump protesters and supporters.

The last thing we need is more wounds in a deeply damaged land that we call mine and yours.

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3 Responses to “It is the morning after the 2016 election. Now what?”

  1. Elli Royak Larrieu on November 11th, 2016 5:11 pm

    Excellent article; excellent journalism.
    Thank You!

    Regards from the Editor in Chief 1967
    “Last Words”, at least that’s what I remember we called Broadway’s school paper, it’s been a long time, lol!

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  2. John P. Hurabiell, Sr. on November 12th, 2016 9:10 am

    Don’t fret. Those of us that have been here for many years hardly recognize the byzantine politics of San Francisco. This used to be such a nice place to live. We’re just slower than the rest of the country in returning to our American roots. Self-discipline, self-rleiance and respectfulness will eventually return to the most beautiful city in the world.

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  3. Maggie Eskicioglu on November 14th, 2016 9:56 am

    BRAVO Lisabelle!!!! Beautifully said, we do live in a bubble here and listening constantly to just one side as the only side , the liberal side as the only voice of Americans. I so appreciate your honesty and eloquence in stating that we need to narrow the gap of our divide and find what unites us 🙂

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