You probably wouldn’t expect one of the co-founders of “Women Vote Trump” to live in Seattle. She does, and post-election, Kathryn Serkes is reaching out to her friends who are Hillary Clinton supporters to start a conversation about finding common ground.
“I think what we need is some one-on-one conversations, and I think some of these healing conversations should and will come from women, because that’s what we do,” said Serkes. “I would encourage everyone to talk to your friends, whichever side you’re on. Whether you were a Trump support or Clinton supporter.”
Serkes has found some friends aren’t ready to talk, but others are.
“I think it’s possible and very healthy to have different opinions, especially when it comes to politics, and remain friends despite your differences,” said Alice Lessard who lives next door to Serkes.
“I think for me personally and my family it's going to be a really interesting lesson in democracy, in general, and to watch how this is going to play out historically, and four years from now. Are we still going to be as divided as we are now, or are we going to find a common ground? Obviously, a lot is going to depend on how Trump rolls out his policies and how things work on a daily basis, but I'm hopeful we can get beyond the divide that there is right now,” said Lessard.
Divide and fear evident by ongoing protests and demonstrations from coast to coast. Serkes urges people to keep an open mind and believes that President-elect Donald Trump will soften his campaign rhetoric.
“It takes one thing to get elected, and it takes another thing to govern,” she said. “When you're running for office, your job is to get elected. Once you're elected, your job is to govern, and it's to govern everyone, not just the people who voted for you.”
Serkes also points to the hidden Trump support that she says is more diverse than people think.
“You have Trump supporters in your circle," Serkes said. "You probably just didn’t know it, because they’ve probably been afraid to say something, and the Trump supporters have been afraid to express their support.”
Serkes says those same supporters will hold President-elect Trump accountable if any policy goes too far.
“We will raise holy hell if there's overstepping and the stepping on of people's civil liberties. We're pretty noisy," she said. "We got him elected, we're going to be pretty noisy if we see something going off the tracks too.”
“The proof is in the pudding,” said Lessard. “He’s going to have to show exactly what his policies are going to be, especially when it comes to women and minorities.”