Donald Trump will be the United States of America’s next president.

Wow, that’s something that I never ever thought I would have said.

Currently, it is two days post-election. People are happy, but people are also extremely unhappy. So unhappy that they are rioting and protesting. Americans are rioting and protesting the results of the election. They are BURNING the American flag. They are insinuating violence. Because of the results of the election.

That’s another thing I never ever thought I would have said.

Protesting is a right we all have as American citizens. Case closed. However, in my personal opinion, I believe that when one protests, he or she should be protesting for injustice.

Martin Luther King, Jr. is someone I always think of when I think of the word “protest.” One specific type of protest I would like to mention is sit-ins. For those of you who are unfamiliar, MLK led African Americans to literally sit in the seats of establishments that did not allow African Americans. Why? Because they wanted that right. They wanted to be able to sit in those exact same seats and enjoy what any white person at the time could enjoy, and that’s completely understandable.

In that scenario, those individuals protested for an injustice. They wanted the same rights as another group of people, they protested, and they got it. In comparison, people protesting because Trump is becoming president is completely illogical.

To the people participating in this: what is your goal? What do you want to accomplish by doing this? Do you hope to make Hillary president? That’s not going to happen. This is a democracy. According to the people and the electoral college (which has been in place since the beginning), Trump will be the next president. There is no amount of protesting that will change that. It is what it is.

With that being said, your only option is to accept it. You do not have to like it, but you do have to accept it. Accept the fact that the individual wanted to win did not win. Accept the fact that Donald Trump is going to be our next president of this wonderful country. Believe in him. Believe in what he can do. Look into his policies. Be educated. You may not agree, but there will always be people that do not agree with our president.

This country is one. We are one people with one government, with one president. When you protest this, you are creating a divide. Last time the country had a massive divide was the Civil War, the deadliest war in United States history. Why was it so deadly? Because we were fighting ourselves. Americans killing Americans. It doesn’t make much sense, does it?

If we continue this divided, downward spiral, then this may become our new reality. Americans killing Americans. We CANNOT let this happen. If we continue this divide, then I am in complete and utter fear for the future of this wonderful, beautiful country.

We have no choice but to become whole again. We must listen to each other. We must come together. We must set our differences aside. We must be one. United.

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