The Trump administration will probably go down as one of the most confusing administrations in recent American history. From a reality star turned powerful figure, President Trump in one year convinced an entire nation (or at least half of it), that a billionaire Ivy League graduate had more in common with the average American than average Americans. In doing so, the President may have put the nation on a course that it can never turn back from.
Ironically, this course may be everything he and his supporters fought hard to stop.
America is growing more and more diverse each day. With a shrinking Baby Boomer generation, the next generations of X and Millennials are smaller and much more diverse than the former. After President Obama was elected there was a deep sense among a majority of Americans that things were changing in America in terms of race and gender equality. Despite the statistics, having a black President made it hard to refute the undeniable fact that, regardless of who you are, any achievement is possible.
And then came Donald Trump. It’s hard to deny that a President who runs on highly controversial issues and fully supports driving his own narrative whether fact or fiction isn’t worrisome. In doing so, the former narrative of America is pushing more towards equality for all, was destroyed (at least for alot of minorities). In the end President Trump took office with a majority Republican House of Representatives, Senate, and a nation where two thirds of the states were also in Republican control.
No matter how you look at it, to the average minority who fears that issues like defending neighbor schools, harsher laws for non violent crimes, and immigration will become hot topics for a government they effectively have no say in is reasonable.
And in the United States, or heck in any country, fear (whether reasonable or not) can help a community do great things sometimes. It was fear that helped many Republicans win office and now it is fear that will do the same for many Democrats.
According to a Matthew Dowd ABC News article, “the number of women running for office at all levels is at an historic high. From state legislature to congressional to gubernatorial races, women are stepping up and leading in this time of great change. When the election is over this fall, we are likely to have more women holding political power than ever in our history, from state houses to Washington…We have candidates of diverse faith backgrounds (and those of no religious faith) winning races that would have otherwise been deemed impossible in years past: Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, agnostics, and atheists are on the path to becoming more engaged and grasping the reins of political power that just a few years ago we would have doubted could happen.”
This isn’t occurring in states you’d expect either like California, New York, and Illinois. It is also hitting states such as in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Vermont, and many more.
The election of President Trump may have rubbed some people the wrong way but in an odd bit of irony, it may have been exactly what the nation needed to propel itself into its next phase of existence. That being a more diverse Congress, more diverse leadership in government, more representation, and more conversation about how to correctly move forward.