Surprise! Donald Trump Wins 2016 Election and America Goes Wild
Protests broke out after Donald Trump was declared president elect of the United States. On Pennsylvania Avenue just outside the White House and in three cities in California.
In the nation’s capital, protesters proclaimed that our country is “better than bigotry” while in silent protest the American flag was held upside down alongside the LGBT flag.
A man stands with an upside down American flag in front of the White House in silent protest pic.twitter.com/738gV5ni6Q
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) November 9, 2016
One of the protesters in DC told the press : “Everything that has been built up has been destroyed. … America has failed (minorities).”
But on the West coast, dissent was louder and bigger as the crowd of protesters grew by the hundreds, gathering in the streets within hours of the president elect’s victory speech.
In Oakland a scene was captured on video of a dumpster fire that was part of the anti-Trump protest.
Around the world the reaction was amicable as Russian, Australian and British premiers offered their congratulations to Trump for winning the election.
Putin said: “We heard the campaign statements of the future US presidential candidate about the restoration of relations between Russia and the United States. It is not an easy path, but we are ready to do our part and do everything to return Russian and American relations to a stable path of development.”
The shock is palatable and the concerns are real because of what a Trump presidency represents to this country.
Cristina Jimenez, director of United We Dream, called for a “state of urgency and resilience” from the immigrant community and reminded everyone: “Over the coming weeks, our families and community members will need to tap into the incredible strength that brought us to this country and which we use to survive.”
In addition to the threat Trump’s administration poses to immigrants in America, the changes to the US Supreme Court are high-ranking on the list of concerns everyone who did not vote for the GOP candidate must come to terms with in the near future.
The president elect’s list of ultra-right-wing, Christian-minded possible appointments to replace Justice Scalia are telling of the religious alterations that the GOP have in mind for our 3rd branch of government.
These potentials are all white, majority men, and staunchly against issues such as women’s rights to reproductive freedom. And according to Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice Action Council (AJAC), all twenty-one candidates are a “dangerous” threat to the freedoms of many Americans.
Another bastion of freedom from for-profit corporations is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which Trump has sworn to repeal and replace “with something terrific”.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has been a little more explanatory on what that “terrific” replacement would entail; however the GOP’s suggestion is set up to support the profit margins of the insurance companies and healthcare professionals, leaving more than 60 million Americans without access to medical care once the “new deal” is implemented.
Trumpcare’s central elements include:
• Refundable tax credit for Americans without employer insurance
• Demand the use private health saving accounts (HSAs)
• Give insurance companies’ ability to charge older customers more
• Move costliest patients to “high risk pools”
• Restriction of Medicaid and Medicare
This plan will ensure 22 million Americans will go without health insurance over the time it takes to transition from the ACA to Trumpcare, but it would also increase the national deficit by anywhere from $193 to $281 billion.
And beyond healthcare, Americans are also in line to receive tax cuts with the wealthiest being given the biggest break. The problem with this 3 tier tax system beyond the unfair advantage rich Americans have is that without a plan to pay for them, Trump’s administration is going to raise the US debt substantially over a very short amount of time.