In his first 60 Minutes interview as President-elect, Donald Trump told the people of the United States, “Don’t be afraid. We are going to bring our country back. But certainly, don’t be afraid.”
In the same interview, he promised to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants from the United States. He said he would appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court and supported leaving choice on abortion to the states, which means that millions of women would have to travel to another state to get an abortion.
More recently, he announced that his top strategist and advisor would be Steve Bannon, a leader of the alt-right movement, which has long been associated with extremist white nationalism.
We asked the SheKnows community if they felt fearful of a Donald Trump presidency. This is what they said. Share your own thoughts in the comments.
I’m afraid for my children
“I am afraid for my children. I am afraid for my daughter, who shouted with joy as love won the day, and who may now see that overturned. I am worried for my son, who in five short years will be an adult with autism in a country that just elected a man who openly mocks the disabled. Disability support, particularly for adults with learning disabilities, has always been an afterthought in this country, funded only after all the other programs get what they need.” — Ellie DeLano
As a liberal democrat Jewish woman, I am afraid
“I am extraordinarily afraid. As a liberal democrat Jewish woman, I feel very exposed and at risk. I am afraid of being harassed, grabbed, attacked as a woman. I am afraid of being harassed and attacked as a Jew. I am afraid of being harassed and attacked as a liberal. I have actually started a job search out of the U.S., because if I don’t feel safe in NYC, then there is no place in this country that I will.” — Lynda Lippin
As someone of Iranian and Muslim descent, I am afraid
“As a person who is part Iranian and whose biological father was Muslim, I’m terrified for all. As a baby whose first real father figure was a gay man, I’m worried for the LGBT community. As a vegetarian for 25 years who has been concerned about the environment since I was a teenager, I’m gravely concerned. As a mother who pays close to $3,000 a month in health insurance (not Obamacare) and grew up without heath insurance and hospitalized with no health insurance, I’m outraged. As a woman who’s been a victim of sexual harassment, I feel violated. As a woman who has been pregnant three times, two miscarriages and one high risk twin pregnancy, I believe now more than ever in a woman’s right to chose. As a Jew by choice, who spent two years learning about the religion and about the history of the Holocaust, I’m disgusted and horrified.” — Monique Soltani
I may not always like Trump, but I’m not afraid of him
“I’ve always respected Donald Trump’s frankness and his always telling it like it is. Do I agree with him? Not always and I don’t have to. One thing he is, though, is a businessman. He says what he needs to in order to close a deal. He can not deliver on his campaign promises unless Congress gives him the okay. We have to have faith that the universe has a plan. Like him or not, Trump was elected and deserves the right to lead. I think I want to hold my judgment and see what he can do before I release hell fire.” — Tina Bassett