Let me start this off by saying that I get it. I really do.
I am well aware of what it feels like to have your candidate not win an election, and I am well aware of how much this election meant to so many people.
But I am a Republican. And yesterday my country voted to give the Republican Party the majority in the House and Senate, and for the next President of the United States to be Donald J. Trump.
Describing my emotions when I heard this news is something I cannot even begin to explain. I felt shocked, confused, and baffled. I was convinced that Trump would never see the White House, I had protested against his Republican candidacy since he first declared that he was running (Marco Rubio 4 life, amirite?), I watched his numbers in the polls obsessively and convinced myself that the uphill battle for my party would not be won, I had accepted defeat in the weeks heading into the election…but then he won, and I was faced not only with disbelief but with happiness.
Now let me stop all you Hillary supporters there and explain myself a little further. I was not necessarily happy that Donald Trump, the person, was President, but I felt overjoyed at the success of my political party.
And that’s the point of view I choose to take when it comes to the results of this election. Anti-Trump people can scream all they want at the members of my party and call us a racist, sexist, bigoted, xenophobic, horrible human beings who are encouraging the end of the world and freedom as we know it (I have to include a huge eye-roll here), but at the end of the day even if I don’t agree with Trump, the person, I support my political party and I fully believe that the majority of the people who voted for Donald Trump to be the President were doing the exact same thing.
I did not register as a Republican because of the negative words that I listed above, I do not live my life by the ideals of the negative words that I listed above, and my family did not vote for Donald Trump because of the negative words that I listed above. As hard as it may be for some non-republicans to imagine, my decision to be a Republican is based on so much more than the social aspects we all seemed to be focused on.
I will not sit here and tell you that I support Trump in everything he has said and done, but I will firmly stand here and say that I will always support my party as a proud, educated, Republican woman.
Yesterday there were winners and there were losers but today we are all still united under one nation, and a nation divided is not a nation that can prosper. So no, I am not telling you to support Donald Trump and compromise your own individual views if they do not align with his; but I am asking you to respect my decision to support my party in this election and for the next four years, just as I would have done for you.
From me for you,