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Samantha Jones

Sam's Notebook

Samantha Jones is associate editor for Carroll County Newspapers. Her email address is Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com.

Opinion

A new day

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

This past Saturday, we learned the results of possibly the most divisive presidential election in United States history. Joe Biden was named president-elect and Kamala Harris was named vice president-elect in an extraordinarily close race.

Two days later, President Donald Trump has failed to concede the election. Many of his fellow Republicans have urged him to begin a peaceful transfer of power, including Mitt Romney and George W. Bush. The overwhelming consensus is that the election was fair, a fact proved with each failed lawsuit Trump has filed in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Nevada and Michigan.

Despite no evidence of voter fraud, Trump continues to insist that Biden cheated to win the election. Iíll say that again, because it bears repeating. There is no evidence of voter fraud in this election. Zero. Zilch. Nada. President Trump seemingly canít stop creating ďinflammation without information,Ē as former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stated on ABC News Friday night. Christie is among many of Trumpís supporters urging him to do the right thing: accept the results of the election and move on.

Over the past few days, Iíve seen and heard so much misinformation about the election. It seems that many people ó far too many ó believe everything our president is saying. Thatís frustrating to see for the Americans who voted for Biden, and I suspect itís frustrating for lots of Americans who voted for Trump, too.

The election results perfectly show the nature of public service. You win some, and you lose some. President Trump lost this one. What makes this loss so extraordinary is itís really his first loss, if you donít count all the times he tried to run for president over the years. So in a way, it makes sense that heís resistant to concede.

After all, he didnít cut his teeth in a local election before running for state representative or attorney general. He wasnít a governor before he was president. Many of his supporters tout his inexperience in politics as a reason for their vote, but now weíre seeing a major downside of that inexperience. How can he concede when he doesnít even know how?

Iíll be honest ó when President Trump won in 2016, I was distraught. That election felt so important, and I was afraid of what would happen next. I spent the entire week after the election crying. Go ahead and call me a snowflake if you want, but I like to think of it as being in touch with my emotions.

Iím sharing that with you now, because I want all of you who voted for President Trump to know that I understand how it feels when a candidate you believe in loses an important race. Even when I was upset about my candidate losing, I decided that I wouldnít see the other side as my enemy. I vowed to show empathy to everyone, even if they would never show empathy to me.

So this is my message to all of you who voted for President Trump and are feeling immense disappointment right now. I want you to know that it is still possible to come together as Americans. We can still work together if we decide to do it. I donít have to imagine the emotions you are feeling now ó I have felt that exact way, and I know how crushing it can be.

Please listen to the facts that prove there has been no voter fraud in this election. Thatís the only way to move toward accepting the true results and, hopefully, choosing to work toward a better tomorrow as an American. Not as a Democrat. Not as a Republican. We are all Americans at the end of the day.

Four years ago, I vowed to keep my faith in the American spirit. That faith is as strong today as it was then, despite how divisive our country has become. I will always believe in the power of my fellow Americans, no matter who you voted for.

It is my deepest hope that we can all find that power within ourselves and move forward together, with liberty and justice for all.