Election Grief

Election Grief

This week has been a lot. I don’t need to recap it for you, we all know what happened. Instead, I’ll give you a walk through of the past 48 hours.

I woke up, I put on my equivalent of a pantsuit (dark jeans and blazer) and I voted. I voted blue across the board, which doesn’t actually say a lot when there are no non-Democratic candidates in Boston. I went to class, I relaxed and moved through my day because I thought we had it in the bag. I went to the liquor store to buy some rosé and champagne, because I expected I would be popping them early in the morning when CNN called the election for Clinton. I thought we had it in the bag.

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Voter Intimidation is Illegal, Yet Trump Still Calls for it

Let’s play a game! If you can successfully answer the following direction, you get to vote in this upcoming presidential election. If not, too bad.

Draw five circles that one common inter-locking part.

Confused by the usage of “that” instead of “with”? Confused about how to draw five circles that only overlap in one place? Confused as to what this has to do with your voting rights? This question was on a Louisiana Literacy test (from 1964) considered to be impossible–and to be taken in 10 minutes. You can take it at Slate or take a slightly less frustrating version at the Civil Rights Movement Veteran’s Website.

Thankfully, voter literacy exams aren’t used any more to disenfranchise Black voters but worry not! There are still ways to suppress voters. For example, by harassing minority voters at the polls, demanding to see proper identification from minority voters, or threatening violence on minority voters.

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Trump’s Problem With (White) Women

The past week has been rough for the Trump camp. A leaked tape from 2005 let voters hear Trump and Billy Bush, the host of Access Hollywood, talking trash about women. Including a choice quote of Trump saying that, “And when you’re a star they let you do it…You can do anything … Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

Beyond Trump repeating himself all the time (does no one remember Trump making fun of Rubio for repeating himself??) we have the crux of issue: Trump says he assaulted women. Then he backtracks, saying it was just “locker room talk” and that he has never done these things. In and of itself, it’s shady, but people brag when they think they’re doing something great, right?

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