We need to give Donald Trump a chance

Donald Trump reacts during a campaign event in Selma, North Carolina, November 3, 2016.
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Donald Trump reacts during a campaign event in Selma, North Carolina, November 3, 2016.

I am a lifelong conservative activist but for about a year and a half, I fought adamantly against Donald Trump. I sure as heck didn't vote for him, either. I was scared of his unstable policies, personality, and the disgusting words he's used throughout his life. Most of all, I was worried he'd turn away voters from the movement I care so much about.

Now that he's been elected president, I'm still worried. I'm concerned that he will disparage women and minorities. I'm fearful of his lack of knowledge with foreign policy. I have no idea if he will control his temperament or fight for the values I believe in. Moreover, I'm unsure how this will impact the future of conservatism. These are just a few of the many unanswered and frightening questions Americans face.

Despite this, I believe Donald Trump deserves a chance, as any other president would have. The American people spoke and elected him for a reason. Even if you don't agree with the reasoning, he is still our next president. The gridlock and divide that has swept our nation will only be perpetuated if Donald Trump isn't given a chance from the get-go.

"And maybe, if we give him a chance, he may just surprise us."

I believe that every man and woman, no matter their personality, background, or political ideology, deserves a chance. Donald Trump does, too. Too often, Americans base their opinion on politicians before they even have a chance to watch the politician act. Currently, politics in America need a fresh start with open-minded people who can find common ground. It all can start with American voters keeping an open-mind and listening to the most intense opposition.

A great deal of the protests in regards to Donald Trump have been about his words and not about his actions. Interestingly enough, a lot of his words have been to gain media attention for his campaign. Although there are no excuses for his comments, only time will tell if he believes or acts on his statements. Furthermore, I call on my fellow Americans to give Mr. Trump a chance to actually do things before spewing hatred and anger towards him. It won't be easy for many people to give Donald Trump a chance, including myself. But how can we cast him aside before he's given a chance to serve our country as president? Of course, if he serves us miserably, Americans should protest, hold him accountable, and take action. Until then? Give him a chance, no matter how hard it is.

Most importantly, the Americans panicking over a Donald Trump presidency can't forget our system of checks and balances. No matter what, Donald Trump will be held in check by his advisors, cabinet, and (most of all) the judicial and congressional branches. If Donald Trump turns out to be as horrible of a president as many are assuming, he can be stopped or replaced.

I'm by no means endorsing Donald Trump; I'm disappointed like many Americans. President-elect Donald Trump is a tough pill to swallow and a frightening thought for many. Personally, I will be his biggest critic when necessary. But if Americans hold him accountable through their voices and our checks and balances, we will be just fine. We need to find the silver lining, keep an open mind, and, to quote the Bible, "let not our hearts be troubled." Nothing is as bad as it seems. And maybe, if we give him a chance, he may just surprise us.

Trump has been president-elect for a week and the sky isn't falling. Americans still got out of bed, went to work, and will hug their families by the day's end. That will continue, even with Donald Trump as president.

Commentary by Benji Backer, an 18-year-old conservative activist from Appleton, Wisconsin. He attends the University of Washington-Seattle and writes for RedState.com. Follow him on Twitter @BenjiBacker.

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