It is official. Donald J. Trump will serve as our 45th President of the United States of America. It became real this evening as he gained the 270 votes needed from the Electoral College. He will be installed as our Commander In Chief next month.
It is now time to accept this reality and move on.
Starting eight months before the election and running up until the eve of November 8, I wrote that regardless of how the election turned out, we would all need to accept the results and support the President-Elect. Although I wrote these blog posts thinking in the back of my head that it would be Trump supporters who would need to heed the advice, we all know what happened on the evening of November 8. The shock of the century occurred and all of a sudden it was Clinton supporters being served the huge pieces of humble pie.
As we have observed over the past 40 days, many have decided to not even take a bite of it.
But I am not here to criticize those people because I get it. What happened last month was an unpresidented (haha) shocker. The media had given Hillary Clinton the presidency, Democrats had organized victory parties, and pollsters had predicted a landslide. For people who were so invested and excited about a Hillary victory, what happened several weeks ago was a massively bitter pill to swallow.
It takes time to digest and make sense of such a disappointment. Although of course I can’t accept the violent protests that occurred, I do understand the confusion and sadness expressed by many. By all means I saw no issue with these folks getting together to discuss what had happened and express their disappointment, anger, and sadness.
However, in my opinion, with six weeks now removed from Trump’s victory and with his Electoral College confirmation today, we need to move on.
Whether we like it or not, Donald Trump is our president. No longer can this reality be overturned at the last minute. No longer can electors be convinced to flip their vote. No longer can a wild conspiracy theory doom Trump and lift Hillary Clinton out of her home in New York and into the White House.
It is time to support Donald Trump. Despite attending a Hillary rally and predicting that she would win the election, I fully intend to. Our country is too great to not support our government, including the person at the top of the executive branch.
When President-Elect Trump was elected, there was the call to give him a chance. It fell on deaf ears. Up until this point, many of us, including the media, have failed to give him an honest shot. But like I said above, I do understand. However, with the weeks that have passed and with the Electoral College making it official today, the time has come for us to unite. I believe in this country. Don’t Blink.