They said he was a joke

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That he'd never be elected. Polls showed Hillary Clinton would win.

Well, he did win! Bouyed by wide-spread anger and discontent with status quo politics, big money in government, lobbyists, Congressional gridlock and a dwindling middle-class - combined with alleged Russian hacking (actually, the case is very good to pin the hacking of DNC emails on Russian operatives) and misinformation. Then there's the DNC's bias against Bernie Sanders revealed in DNC emails released to wikileaks. Sanders, like Trump, represented a rebel. Someone with bold, new ideas. Sanders would have likely beaten Trump.

But we're stuck with Trump for at least the next four years. However, he has shown signs of being more progressive than most Republicans. He changed his tune on climate change, that on the campaign trail he called a "hoax from China," and has admitted there might be something to anthropogenic climate change and has met with Al Gore and Leo DeCaprio. On "60 Minutes" he said gay marriage has been "settled by the Supreme Court" and has backed down from his promise to prosecute Hillary Clinton.

In his election speech Trump said: "I pledge to every citizen of our land, that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country."

There are rumblings about impeaching Trump shortly after he takes office that would put VP Pence in charge. He would be worse! Pence is a hardline conservative, and backed by his GOP cronies, we'd likely see years of LGBT progress and environmental regulations eliminated, cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and SNAP (Food Stamps) and attempts to privatize them, perhaps another war in the Middle East, etc.

Through the perilous times ahead we need to remember we live in a Representative Republic (not a Democracy) and ALL politicians, from Trump and Congress on down, are our Public Servants! They are required to represent the People, not their own interests, nor religious beliefs, nor big business, etc. Now's not the time for sadness, fear or apathy! We, as Americans, have many ways to influence our Pubic Servants through emails, letter writing, petitions, protests, lobbying, etc. Let's let them have it!

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