After the Election, a Social Media Explosion

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STROUDSBURG -- President-elect Donald Trump is calling on the nation to unite, but there is division, especially, it seems, on social media.

"Everybody is just exploding with hatred and anger and it's just getting out of control. It's insane. I have just turned it off. I'm not opening it up for, I don't know, a week, two weeks, who knows?” said Tim Audett of Blakeslee.

From Facebook to Twitter, people are posting sometimes long political rants, some laced with profanity.

Republican, Democrat, or third party, everyone is getting involved.

On the WNEP Facebook page, for example, people are calling one another "racists," "idiots," and "sore losers."

"More derisive, separatist, everybody hates each other, blah, blah, blah, blah."

Rendi Young owns The Altar, a tattoo shop in Stroudsburg. He says what he's seeing on social media is ridiculous.

"A lot of people unfriending each other, as if that were important,” he said.

Some others Newswatch 16 spoke with say people posting on social media need to think about the message they are sending about themselves.

"It's not about who is president, it's about who am I? That is what matters to me. Who am I? I want to be good. I want to be kind,” said Debra Elmire of Reeders.

Some people say the social media explosion has affected their relationships with other people.

"I've lost a lot of respect for some people. I thought they were a lot better than that. You know things can be disappointing at times, but it doesn't mean you turn your backs on everybody. This is the time when everyone should stick together and be a team as a country,” said Lisandra Estevez of Blakeslee.

4 comments

  • the decision is yours not trumps

    there were tons of very unhappy people when Obama won but did they riot and destroy property and steal?? nope, they accepted that something happened they didn’t agree with but that they went out and voted and did all they could and they moved on with their lives and most importantly, THEY WENT TO WORK AND CONTINUED TO BE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS… it doesn’t matter if Donald trump is president or anyone else for that matter, if you want to be a good person and be successful in life you will be and nothing is stopping you but yourself no matter what race or sex you are or what sexual orientation you have, if you want to do well in your life and you work hard for it you will be successful and the only thing stopping anyone from doing that is themselves… I’m not so naïve to think there aren’t problems in America and that racism and things of that nature don’t exist, it would be impossible for them not to as long as people look different and speak different and are just different in general there will always be divide there and a difference in beliefs it’s just not possible for there not to be… but people are so quick to blame everything on everyone else and refuse to help themselves… moral of the story, work hard and be motivated to better yourself and your family and you will succeed in doing that no matter what you look like or where you’re from or who the president is

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