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Taking in impact of amazing election

A woman looks over the instructions for voting

A woman looks over the instructions for voting at a polling station in the Washington Heights section of New York, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

The craziest and most non-issue-oriented election is finally over [“The Trump transition,” News, Nov. 21]. That’s a reason to be happy.

Now it’s time for our nation to start acting like Americans and show the world we are a nation that prides itself on a peaceful transfer of power. The protests and the overblown histrionics by some of Hillary Clinton’s supporters make us look like a Third World nation.

Clinton made an eloquent and authentic concession speech. She said some things I think we should be aware of: She congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of the country. She said she hopes that he will be a successful president for all Americans.

We had eight years of a Democrat in the White House. Trump is now the reality. It’s time we started to look toward a better and more constructive future for our nation. Even if some of the goals are still distant, America has very important work to do.

Martin Metzger, East Meadow

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I’ve heard over and over, “Stop protesting! You guys are crybabies because your candidate lost!” [“Queens march denounces Trump,” News, Nov. 20]. I have to address the irony of this sentiment and the misunderstanding it demonstrates.

This is not about one candidate losing over another. That argument is far too small and it disguises the true meaning of the protests. People who voted for Donald Trump elected someone who has endorsed violence at his rallies and in his rhetoric. What did they think would happen by voting for a divider? Now people are surprised when there are protests in the streets?

It was Trump who said on Twitter in 2012, after Mitt Romney lost, “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty.” But somehow we are wrong to protest now? We are upset because it seems we have a president-elect who ran a campaign of fear, exclusion and isolation. We are not grieving a political defeat, but the loss of a world we thought had moved beyond division.

Sarah Wasser, Patchogue

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While all the politicians claim we should unify, Democrats are clearly not in favor of doing that. Not one has criticized the people involved in the protest over Donald Trump’s win.

Rep. Kathleen Rice says we need an “opposition party” [“Rice backs Tim Ryan for House minority leader,” News, Nov. 21]. Does that sound like someone who wants to unify for the sake of Americans?

Democrats need to stop trying to find out why they lost and investigate why Trump won. Those of us who voted for him know the answer.

Brian Keane, Patchogue

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Donald Trump will be sworn in as president in January. I did not support him, and I’m not happy. However, America has always been great because of our democracy, and I accept the outcome of the process.

I will continue to respect the presidency. I remind Trump supporters that “E pluribus unum” doesn’t mean we must all be the same. Rather, our national motto celebrates diversity. Americans have fought and died to protect that diversity and the freedom we enjoy. It is the reason why people risk so much to come to America.

I remind you that because someone may not look like you, or speak like you, or worship like you, that does not make him or her less American.

And I remind Hillary Clinton supporters that now is not the time to retreat. Rather, we must be vigilant and ready to hold Trump’s feet to the fire. He spoke on election night about moving forward and unifying the country. I hope he is sincere and truly committed to that goal.

Felix M. Ruiz, Holbrook

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Assertions by House Speaker Paul Ryan and others that Donald Trump received a mandate from the American electorate are ludicrous. As the vote counts are completed, we’re finding that Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 2 percentage points. Given that just over half of eligible voters participated, Trump garnered support from less than one-quarter of potential voters. In addition, he lost his home state of New York — where we can assume the electorate is better acquainted with him — by a whopping 21 percentage points.

Logic tells me that Trump defeated Clinton by having a campaign machine that was better at strategizing the Electoral College vote, and not because of any mandate by the American people.

James Minard, Centereach

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