Donald Trump is President: Now What?


I observed radio silence for several hours yesterday, which those of you who know me know is uncharacteristic of me. But, I figured, an anxious nation has been wondering, “What does David Wraith think about all this.” Just kidding.

For a while, I was like, “I got nothing. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

In 2015, my wife was diagnosed with cancer, I lost my job after 12 years, and Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president. I said, 2016 has got to be better.

In 2016, my wife’s cancer went to stage 4 and she eventually decided to stop treatment. I quit my most recent job to take care of her. Donald Trump became the Republican nominee. I thought, at least my wife will live to see the first female president.

Today, I wake up, an unemployed black man in America with a dying wife and Donald Trump is president of the united states.

Everything I’ve been working for my entire adult life concerning social justice got defeated in this election. Not by a majority of Americans, thank God, but by enough people in enough states that we are where we are now: President Trump. The words are acid in my mouth, but over the next four years they will become the new normal. The night before the election, I went through the 4,000 plus articles I had saved on Facebook and deleted all the ones about Trump because I thought they’d be irrelevant after election day. In my 43 years, I’ve lived through two Reagan administrations, three Bush administrations [father and son], the L.A. riots, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and – up close and in person – Ferguson. I’ve never felt anything like this.

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