The world is watching in awe as President-Elect Donald J. Trump takes the highest seat in the nation. Trump won 279 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 228 to secure the election Tuesday night.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been instrumental in the EU’s acceptance of hundreds of thousands of refugees, offered a stern warning for Trump.
“Germany and America are connected by values of democracy, freedom, and respect for the law and the dignity of man, independent of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political views,” she said. “I offer the next President of the United States close cooperation on the basis of these values. The partnership with the United States is and remains a foundation of German foreign policy.”
Merkel also said, “The election campaign this year was a particular one with some confrontations that were difficult to stomach.”
British Prime Minister Theresa May was a tad softer in her approach.
“Britain and the United States have an enduring and special relationship based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise,” May said. “We are, and will remain, strong and close partners on trade, security and defense. I look forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, building on these ties to ensure the security and prosperity of our nations in the years ahead.”
Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in regard to the presidential election results: “Donald Trump’s vision for America and the policies he has proposed are a clear and present danger to women, our bodies, and our freedoms. Our charge every day is to work to ensure President-Elect Trump cannot strip away our freedoms, our rights, and our ability to chart our own destiny. And while we are disappointed, we are equally proud of Hillary Clinton, of her campaign, and of her lifetime of service to others. All Americans can be proud of the campaign she ran and the principles she stands for. Just like Hillary, we believe that America’s diversity is part of our strength and that we as a nation are always stronger together.”
Hogue added, “We know the fight for our values isn’t won or lost in a single election. NARAL was founded before Roe, before legal abortion was even possible in the United States. We as an organization and as a progressive movement exist to fight for the dignity and equality of all Americans. We hold the line – in good times and in bad – to defend the freedoms that are enshrined in our constitution and that define what it means to be American. That mission is as urgent today as it has ever been.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America is committed to serving their population now and in the future.
“Seven in 10 Americans believe in legal abortion, and we’ll continue to be their voice and advocates,” Hogue said. “We will keep fighting for the values of trust and dignity that are at the core of the freedoms that Americans hold most dear.”
Lambda Legal CEO Rachel B. Tiven issued her own statement on behalf of the civil rights organization.
“Our beautiful, slowly improving, two-steps-forward-one-step-back country took a giant step backward yesterday,” Tiven said. “We lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people made America see love and sex and family differently. In 2004, George W. Bush won the election by vilifying us – and we fought back. We fought back so successfully that we helped elect an African-American president who lit the White House in rainbow, who chose an attorney general who said to the transgender community.”
Tiven added, “It hurts. As a woman, a Jew, a queer it hurts that so many people yearn for a white, straight, Christian America that never existed. It hurts that ambition is a bad thing for a woman to have. It hurts that we have made our country a more perfect union, but the racism built into our founding has still not been repealed, and the civil war is still not over.”
Echoing NARAL Pro-Choice America’s statement, Lambda Legal has vowed to save ground.
“Lambda Legal will hold the line when our rights are under attack,” Tiven said. “We know how to fight the government in the courts when the other branches are closed off – we did it in those dark years after 2004, and still we made progress. We will do it again now – and this time Americans know who we are and stand with us. We will fight back in our beautiful diversity and without compromise. We will fight back as LGBT people of color, Muslims, immigrants and refugees. As my friend Cristina Jimenez, head of the immigration leader United We Dream, wrote early this morning, we are here to stay.”
MSNBC reporter Rachel Maddow offered hope to viewers Wednesday post-Trump win.
“You’re awake by the way. You’re not having a terrible, terrible dream,” she said. “Also you’re not dead and you haven’t gone to hell. This is your life now. This is our election now. This is us. This is our country. It’s real.”
Openly gay Star Trek alum George Takei tweeted, “The unthinkable happened before, to my family in WWII. We got thru it. We held each other close. We kept our dignity and held to our ideals.”
Takei was referencing his family’s struggle during WWII when they were placed into Japanese internment camps.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling offered, “Stick up for the vulnerable,” and James Corden shared, “Brexit feelings.” Mark Ruffalo tried rallying the troops by saying, “You know what we do now? We finish building what we started and we fight back! Lift your heads up brothers and sisters.”
Perhaps most notable was a message from pop star Katy Perry.
“Rise up,” she said. “The revolution is coming.”