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Instead of blaming a particular entity for the results, it is vital that we as a country examine the current partition and divide occurring. It is Trump’s job as Commander-in-Chief to bridge the divide.

As the results blared across my television screen Tuesday night I remained stunned. Constantly refreshing my New York Times app and simply staring at the results in a state of absolute disbelief. Up until that moment I was confident Secretary Clinton would become our next president. I had been biased by many sources, which clearly then had false confidence. The polls are not completely accurate. This was evident on Tuesday.

Many continue to blame third party candidates and the electoral college system for what happened. However, I believe that is unconstructive. Instead of blaming a particular entity for the results, it is vital that we as a country examine the current partition and divide occurring. Mr. Trump alluded to this in his acceptance speech, because now it is his job as Commander-in-Chief to bridge the divide. It is also important to remember that the United States is a consolidated democracy, with a system of checks and balances set in stone.

As my jaw slowly dropped when the television screen showed a large banner of the electoral results, red states filled the screen as it became apparent what was going to happen.  

No one is quite sure of what is going to happen in the future. With that, President Obama vowed to help Mr. Trump with his transition to the White House.

Other countries have reacted equally. Many have referred to this as the “brexit” of the United States. Populism has risen during this reaction as a visceral reaction to globalization from so many. As countries become more interconnected through means of social media and the the internet as a whole, a sense of nationalism is becoming befuddled. Globalization is a positive and is allowing the world to enter post-modernization. However, as with any global movement there is usually always opposition, which in this case is populism. Examples of populism expand beyond the United States and Mr. Trump, with UKIP and the current governing party in Greece.

We as a country are turning over a new leaf in history. These next couple months will set forth a precedent for the next couple of decades. Due to the fact that the media was overly confident about Secretary Clinton’s win, that blinded many Americans to the reality of all possible results. As the lights dim down on this election cycle, it is important to remember the three important aspects of democracy – liberty, competition, and participation.

Elizabeth Brewer is an Associate Editor for Naked Opinion. She is Yale Young Global Scholar 2016. In her free time, she enjoys competitively swimming, debating, and discussing current events with her peers....

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