By no means has the last year of being a Republican been an easy one. Especially living in a state that turned red on November 8th, 2016 for the first time in the 21st century. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count how many times I’ve been called a racist, sexist, pig-headed person because of who I voted for. Yet, the people who called me that don’t know me. How do you know I embrace any of those qualities if you’ve never met me?

Although the morning of November 9th, 2016 had an outcome few American’s expected, what I didn’t expect was to be afraid to walk to class. I saw videos of riots, people inviting me to events on campus encouraging protesting “racist, sexist, bigoted people”. I didn’t expect to have random girls from high school comment on Instagram pictures from weeks ago, asking me why “I hate Hispanics” … still trying to figure that comment out to this very moment…! I have been told all day, how I am the problem. How I am what’s wrong with America. How I am the person that is responsible for the destruction of all of the country’s work. And I’m just sitting here at my desk thinking, wow I must be drunk a lot in college because I don’t recall causing any of that.

To the Democrats who are upset with the decision that America made, you should be entitled to your choice. You should be allowed to write paragraph long rants about why our country is changing and why you are praying that Donald Trump does a better job than you think. You should be able to exercise your freedom of speech, good for you. But what you can’t do, is blame this on me. It’s not my fault that you’re unhappy with the decision. It’s not my fault that Trump says unruly things and people agree with him. It’s not my fault that America picked Trump! If I never voted, this result would be the same.

My point in all of this is to say thank you to the people who voted for Hillary Clinton and accepted her loss with humbleness. To have friends and family members tell me; “I love you no matter who you voted for” or “I’m sure this was a successful day for you, you put a lot of time into this and I’m proud of you for how you’ve mobilized millennials”, that’s how people should be reacting.

I am one person, and so are you. Share your love, compassion, and political activism in a positive manner, even in a time when you don’t believe in the decisions being made. So to the people out there who accepted this loss in a respectful manner, you’ve won a victory that I hope one day I hope this beautiful country will.