MYD | Statement on the 2016 Election Results

Almost one week has passed since Donald Trump was elected President of these United States. While both candidates were polarizing, there is no denying that this was a serious blow for millions of Americans across the country. This was not the result that most of us had hoped for.

We won’t try and sugarcoat it. The next few years are going to be hard. Donald Trump’s Presidency will put the right’s of women, minorities, immigrants, and the LGBT community at risk. Our President-Elect has shown through his recent appointments that there will be years of fighting to protect what we have already won, and years of striving to mitigate new damages wherever we can.

But most of this country does not think like Donald Trump. Most of this country does not hate like Donald Trump. And it’s going to be up to us to decide how many years of his control we are willing to put up with. This should not be an eight-year problem or even a four-year problem. In two short years, we face another election, a midterm opportunity to change the face of the Senate and the House and to try and regain some of the power we have lost. Next year we have an opportunity to move the Democratic Party forward on both the national and county level. But it will not happen if any one of us sits idly by. If this election proved anything it is that we have a lot to do if we want to make the progress necessary. Two years may sound like a long time, but it will fly by.

Young democrats have not been deflated by this election, we have been energized. Now is the time for our generation to lead the way forward. If you have ever considered running for office, even the smallest one, if you’ve ever thought about joining a campaign, if you’ve ever considered joining your local political club for a single meeting, now is the time. Not in a week, not in a month, but right now. None of us can do it alone. We are here to fight with you. So join us.