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DOOMSDAY: NOVEMBER 16, 2016

The 2016 election day was one for the books. After an intense and exhaustive campaign season, many Americans were shocked when Donald Trump, businessman and new politician, became the 45th President of the United States. Just eight years ago, the US elected its first African-American President. Now, the US had found itself with a businessman-turned-celebrity who doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Emotions were high on Nov. 8, with hopes that Hillary Clinton would become America’s first female president. As votes were counted, the chance of a historical election dwindled, as Trump became the clear winner of the electoral votes.

It was a great day for Donald Trump supporters, for the silent majority turned out in droves and helped him win. While there are several reasons as to why someone voted for Trump, a significant one was because white conservatives were starting to feel marginalized.

Waves of betrayal, shock, and denial swept through the nation. How could America have chosen a bully to become the leader of the free world? He’s xenophobic, racist, and sexist, not to mention completely unqualified for this job.

The day after the election, people were incredibly somber, especially on campus. Students were shocked and there were feelings of uncertainty, fear, and disbelief felt throughout Auraria Campus.

The nation reacted in different ways as well. From the immediate riots at local state capitols to a trending hashtag #notmypresident, people were outraged with the outcome.

CEOs, global leaders, and celebrities expressed their distaste and anger over Trump, but promised they would continue to advocate and create a safe environment for those that Trump ridiculed throughout his campaign.

Also in response, Canada’s beloved prime minister Justin Trudeau was outspoken about his support for dissatisfied Americans and urged them to seek sanctuary in Canada. On election day, the Canadian Immigration website crashed, with more than 200,000 people perusing the resources. The site, which had just 17,000 visitors the week prior, saw 100,000 American visitors alone on election day.

Although Clinton voters didn’t get the outcome they wanted, election day sparked a fire in many people to become politically active within their local and national government.

Dilkush Khan
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