Miller: Love him or hate him, we all must root for Trump’s success

November 12, 2016

To start this off, I was not a Donald Trump supporter, not in the least. And for the most part, I’m still not.

Like so many others, I thought he was unfit for the presidency. I didn’t like the establishment in Washington, but I didn’t think Trump was the answer.

I am certainly not the most qualified person to be writing something like this (must be a new theme), I’m a sports person. But I think I am a fair observer and critical thinker.

I laid in my bed Tuesday night, stunned. For a couple of hours, I refreshed my social media feeds, still expecting to see a last-second Hillary Clinton comeback.

But it never came, and Trump will be our next president.

Trump won this election because there were a great number of people in this country who felt forgotten by our government, and Trump rallied those people to his cause. That should be commended. Millions of people woke up Wednesday morning with a renewed faith in our government. That isn’t a bad thing.

But there are millions more who woke up afraid — afraid of their future in this country, afraid that their rights will be oppressed with Trump as our next president.

I was fortunate to be born a white male. I will never know the struggles so many have fought for to feel accepted in their own country. My life will likely be the least affected by a Trump presidency.

Tuesday night, as I scrolled through my news feed on social media, I saw people of the LGBT community wondering if their marriages will be ripped apart. I saw people saying immigrants were asking them if they should leave the country. There is a lot of fear in this country right now.

And while nothing I can tell you now will completely erase your fears, it is not the time to abandon hope.

His victory speech was a different type of Trump than we saw in his campaign, and it gave me a thought.

What if his rhetoric was just that, rhetoric? Something he knew he could use as his best shot at winning.

In his victory speech, after thanking Clinton for her many years of service and congratulating her on a hard-fought campaign, the first thing out of his mouth wasn’t about building a wall, or putting Clinton in jail, or any of the rhetoric we heard during the run-up to the election.

It was more heartfelt and sincere.

“We must bind the wounds of division ... it is time for us to come together as one united people,” Trump said. “I pledge to every citizen across our land that I will be president for all Americans.”

“To those who have chosen not to support me in the past ... I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”

Asking for help. We never saw that during his campaign. It gives me hope that a large part of his rhetoric was simply to rally supporters to his cause. It was ugly, it was inappropriate, and it was not OK. But it could have also been like trash-talk on a football field. Things are said that should never come out of people’s mouths.

I’m not defending what he has said in the past, it was wrong, but for those who felt forgotten, maybe it was what was needed to fire them up.

Like when a player spends five minutes yelling at his team on the sideline to fire them up.

We can hate what this man has said in the past, but we need to give him a chance. Don’t immediately write him off. I really believe he wants to bring this nation together and he can’t do that by alienating large chunks of the population.

“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. Every single American will have the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential,” Trump said.

The American dream. It’s not just the blue-collar worker starting on the bottom and working their way to the top. It’s the immigrant who comes to America for a better life for his or her family. It’s the gay couple who are now legally married.

Trump’s No. 1 goal is to unify the country, and I hope he realizes that is impossible without a 180-degree turn from much of his rhetoric.

I don’t know that will happen, but he is a smart man. It is possible that his rhetoric was just that, rhetoric.

This election cycle left our country scarred. Now that he is our president-elect, he needs to work to repair the damage done.

While he rallied many people to his cause, he alienated just as many.

His victory speech was a start.

“It’s been what they call a historic event, but to be really historic, we have to do a great job,” Trump said. ”And I promise you that I will not let you down.”

Let’s hold him to that promise, but let’s also give him a chance. Let’s keep faith in our country and in our government to guide us through.

Change is hard to come by without any risk. America just took a huge risk.

But President Barack Obama said it best on Wednesday.

“We are all now rooting for his success.”

All of us.