It is indeed human nature to focus on the negativity instead of the positives and in this case of the US Election Night, it is undeniable that everyone will be mourning about the victory of Donald Trump. Protests are happening everywhere, the minorities in the US are desperately hiding in order to survive and the whites, well, they are rejoicing. But what you didn’t know about the Election Night was that there were also positive things that could bring changes to the current US society. And what happens in the US affects the rest of the world ultimately.
1. Kamala Harris
She will not only be the second black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, after Democrat Carol Moseley Braun but also the first black senator from California. Kamala Harris’s race and ethnicity were surprisingly not to focus on the contest that she was already projected to win but the fact that people were focusing more heavily on not wanting Loretta Sanchez to become the first Latina to serve in the Senate. Still, it’s a bit in Trump’s ass after all the sexist remarks he has made.
2. Ilhan Omar
It is a breakthrough for the Muslims in the US – the very first Somali-American to be elected and a hijabi at that. At just 34 years of age, Omar has already achieved what many others couldn’t. Besides her political responsibilities, she is also running an organisation: the Women Organizing Women Network—a group that aims to empower all women, particularly first and second generation immigrants, to become engaged citizens and community leaders.
3. Kate Brown
Even though Obama has legalised gay marriage in the States, there were still many reports of the LGBT community being ostracised in society. There was former New Jersey Gov Jim McGreevey who came out as gay in 2004 and resigned months later. But what makes Brown different? She’s the very first openly LGBT governor ever to win a contest. She has publicly spoken about her experiences of being bisexual and how it has affected her. She will be representing her community to fight for them.
4. Catherine Cortez Masto
As Latinas (and Latinos) worldwide cheer for the very first Latina senate, Cortez Mastro has made a point in her campaigns that she will be focusing on the Supreme Court picks before the Senate and immigrants overhaul. Democrats have also called her victory “a silver lining” and the “tiniest speck of light” after the unexpected election results on 9 November.
5. Pramila Jayapal
Brady Walkinshaw: 43, Pramila Jayapal: 57. Seat to the South Asians! She will be the very first Indian-American elected to the US House. As a civil right activist who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders earlier on, Jayapal she will be fighting for higher minimum wages, women’s rights and even for the immigrants.
6. Tammy Duckworth
Another Asian pride right here, Bangkok-born Tammy Duckworth who is a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran who lost both her legs in the conflict trumped her opponent Mark Kirk who verbally abused her and made snide remarks about her race throughout. She fought back relentlessly, citing that she may not be a pure American but she and her family has been serving the US wholeheartedly. We are wowed by her unfazed attitude throughout her whole campaign, and we are looking forward to her reign.
7. Samuel Park
First ever openly gay Korean-America elected to Georgia Legislature. We can be sure that Park would be representing the LGBT and Asians communities in the US. His victory came across as a surprise as his opponent; Clark had a strong financial backing. Ever since the campaigns have started, Clark has spent about USD$130K, more than twice of Park’s USD$50K. Park has also been through a series of turmoil as a homosexual and he, along with other officials will be fighting for the equality for the LGBT community by pushing full state-wide nondiscrimination laws in the coming legislative session.
8. Electoral votes are not official yet
Note: We understand that AJ+ is one of the listed biased sites but here’s a brief summary of how electoral votes work.
Yes, we found out that the votes made by the Electoral College are not official until 19th December and honestly, Clinton still has a shot at winning this.
Like what it stated, it is exceedingly rare that the College will change their minds, but it is possible to use the court cases against Donald Trump and everything that has happened before, during and after the election. It will be a tough battle, and for the Americans who are #stillwither, they will have to endure and unite to catapult Clinton to become POTUS. All hopes are not lost.
The bright sides of this unexpected election have been buried under hoards of Trump-hate and fear. With the rise of all these minorities gaining seats in the White House, we can see that changes are slowly being made. And ironically, these people who are winning the campaigns belong to communities that Donald Trump and his supporters loathe and want out of the country. Anything can happen right now. I mean, Donald is Trumping.
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