What I told my daughter after Trump won the US election

We gathered around the Tv in the living room Tuesday night as we wait in anticipation for the polls to close. My daughter sitting next to me peered in and ask “mommy, who do you think will win tonight?”
I looked at her and smile “Hillary of course” We are getting our first female president because Donald Trump has made it so easy for her to win.” It’s very rare for the same party to win the third time but with all the rhetoric of Mr Trump against women, minority, immigrants, Muslims and even the disabled, the odds are against him.

Then Hillary’s dishonesty with her dealings in the Clinton foundation and the security breach on her private email scandal makes it hard for her to be a better choice for America.Part of me wanted a female president for a change.Someone who can bring the nation together in this time of division, but at the same time we need a strong leader to secure our borders and stop the flow of drugs pouring in.

So, do I want a president who is a bigot,sexist, xenophobic, racist, someone who makes fun of the disabled and plan to build a wall to isolate Americans? Of course not ! Haven’t we all said or done things we wish we could take back and make amends?

I turned to her and said softly ” Let God decide” Man proposes but God disposes!

Donald Trump took an early lead and Hillary supersede him. It was getting past their bedtime so I asked them to go to bed. We continued to watch it in our bedroom with Trump making strides and Hillary keeping him on edge in Florida. California did him justice by giving Hillary all 55 electoral votes that had me jumping on my feet with my husband shaking his head. We don’t actually see eye to eye, with him leaning towards Trump but hates the way he talks about women. He said when America is under attack,it’s not going to be his bad language that will save us but his best judgement.He’s a successful businessman and so he believe he can turn things around to better the middle class.

We fell asleep into the night and missed Hillary’s conceded speech and Trump’s acceptance speech.But the reality sets in the morning, Donald Trump has become the President of the United States. I was scared because it took me back to the 2008-2009 recession when George W.Bush was president. How can Americans hand over their economic decisions to someone with no experience of how Washington works? He’s not going to run our life like he runs his business? How do I explain to my daughter that the mean guy won?

They were up by 6.00 am and eager to see who won.I saw the disappointment on my daughter’s face when she found out that Trump won. I went to her side and put my arm on her shoulder and said “Sometimes people say mean things when they’re competing each other, it doesn’t mean they are horrible people”.We need a strong leader now who can protect you and better your life and I think he’s the one. This is a tough life….People will always use your weakness to abuse you when they get the chance.How you see yourself will always mirror how people treat you. The power is yours, you either accept people to be rude to you or take charge.

Secondly, education is power. You get a certain level of respect when you’re educated. Depending on others for survival not only make them lose respect for you but also abuse you. Take your education seriously, it’s your life.

Remember , you are beautiful, strong, smart, and can be anything you want to be when you set your heart to it.

“Mommy, I want to be a firefighter” she said

As much as I dislike the fact that my daughter will be somewhere fighting a deadly fire for a living….I admire her courage to go through fire to save others.

“I’m so proud of you and kissed her on the cheek.

Now, go and take a bath, you don’t want to be late for school.

To be a good leader, you sometimes need to go down the untraveled path. Being bold in the face of uncertainty will help give your team courage and motivate them to keep striving when the going gets tough.

“When I am president, I will work to ensure that all of our kids are treated equally and protected equally. Every action I take, I will ask myself, ‘Does this make life better for young Americans in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Ferguson, who have as much of a right to live out their dreams as any other child America?’ -Donald Trump

You are the president -elect now Mr Trump ! America is watching to see if you’ll honor your word.


About The Author

Gifty Ayim Korankye is the founder of Daughters Of Africa. An online magazine aim to empower women by highlighting on the success of African women and their innovations to improve their communities and the world. She’s also an advocate for women and children’s right.Support equal opportunity for girls education to secure their future.

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