Left-wing millennials and students are in a state of shock after President-elect Donald Trump’s come-from-behind victory. KING 5 News reports that students are refusing to attend class:
NOW: Thousands of students at Berkeley High School in CA walked out of class with their teachers, to say that he is not their president. pic.twitter.com/vcKGKDPdE9
— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) November 9, 2016
Elsewhere, we’re hearing reports of free therapy hotlines being set up and university-sponsored self-help meetings. A glance at social media reveals a complete inability on the part of many young Left-leaning Americans to comprehend the election result. That’s not merely our impression; it’s what many of them are literally saying.
Whichever side one comes out on in this election, it is deeply worrying that so many young people are struggling so completely to cope with the preferences of millions of their fellow citizens. Trump’s win is certainly a surprise, but it’s also the reality. If America’s youth are so coddled that they can’t wrap their minds around the (not-entirely-unpredictable) result of a democratic election, then that’s an indictment of parents and teachers across the country.
Alas, many well-educated young people have grown up in a bubble—not so much a socioeconomic bubble as an intellectual bubble. This is why so many extremely privileged college students demand “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.” And it’s why, ultimately, they have such shoddy emotional and intellectual foundations to help them understand Trump. It’s one thing to be deeply saddened by a Trump victory. It’s another to be frozen—psychologically disturbed—by it.
We hope that Trump’s win will be the wake-up call America’s students (and their teachers and administrators) need. We hope it will show them the folly of retreating into and shoring up the hard walls of the echo chamber whenever unpleasant facts present themselves. Indeed, the best thing for students to do is go to class and focus on their work, however difficult or uncomfortable it may be. They may not be interested in reality, but, try as they might to run away from it, reality is still interested in them.