President America: Civil War

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President America: Civil War

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Lindsay Hoffpauir, Co-Editor-in-Chief 2016-2018

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The 2016 election was certainly one for the history books. With the first female candidate to win the nomination of a major party and the most GOP primary votes to ever be awarded to a candidate, this was undoubtedly an election to be remembered.

However, one of the most notable things about the election was the societal divisiveness it has caused. The political landscape in America has become increasingly separated over issues such as Black Lives Matter, immigration, global warming, abortion, and many other issues of the sorts.

The election has set my path. In a way, it has set all of ours.”

— Jalen Banks

Except this election is not just dividing the country as whole- it’s dividing individuals as well. “I have a friend who was alienated because his parents voted for Trump,” said Logan Snyder.

In fear of this happening to them, many have chosen not to voice their opinions. “I have held stuff back because I am more aligned with the Libertarian Party and anarchism,” said JED Daniels.

Yet many students have been vocal about their opinions and openly debated politics with their friends. “I have super long debates with friends because we have conflicting views [over] liberal verses conservative [issues],” said Alex Lee.

To some, the division has only made the voices of certain movements become louder. “I’ve seen a lot more people be open about their blatant hate because they think Trump supports it,” said Leigh Shaffer.

Jules Patel heard a student say to a classmate of a minority group that “now that Trump is president, [they’re] gonna get deported and [their] family [too].”

Other students have used the division to motivate them to help make the country a better place. Jalen banks, an activist in the community, said, “The election has set my path. In a way, it has set all of ours. Regardless of what Trump does in office, the election made it clear that the racial and socioeconomic wounds of the past have not healed. I am excited to work together to rebuild and uphold the ideals of the republic.”

Adam Sanders, who was keeping an open mind about Trump’s victory, said, “I think that the results will make the people of America be put back to work.”

Ultimately, hope is the most important thing to have after any election. Ashley Stewart has been able to uphold her faith in America by taking action. “I have been taking direct social [and] political action or else I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.”

Grafton has a long road ahead of itself, but by working together, it can overcome any issue.