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Scott Gleeson
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Words really can't capture the emotion of this election and what our future is about to become, but here goes… First: Let me precursor by saying I have friends who are both Trump supporters and Hillary supporters. I also have friends who voted against a certain candidate because they feared or despised the other so potently. Most of my friends from HS supported Trump. My uncle, a Catholic priest, was pro-Trump. Most of my friends from college supported Hillary. My LGBT and racially discriminated friends stood firmly with her for painstakingly obvious reasons.

In spite of foreseeable pain to come from last night's result, I think it's important to recognize the movement Mr. Trump fueled. He awoke and inspired the working class people in our country who felt neglected and like their voice wasn't heard, just as Obama did — with a very different demographic and a starkly different message — eight years ago. When I woke up this morning, I didn't feel like I woke up from a nightmare like many. I felt like I heard voices around our country who desired to be heard. Do I agree with what those voices believe in? No. But I respect them, I don't hate them. In fact, I choose to love them. Hatred is a powerful and addictive drug, and it's one I think Mr. Trump used to be elected as our 45th president. I've called some brainwashed, but that's just my own contempt seeping out. I am not better than someone because I have a college degree. Just as someone who served for our country isn’t better (though I do adore them as heroes). As many of my friends have already affirmed, love must prevail out of this outcome, regardless of victory or defeat or which party you support. Martin Luther King Jr. put it best when he said, "hatred cannot drive out hatred, only love can do that." I quoted MLK in my father's eulogy, and since then I've lived by many of his words. I feel that commitment even more today and moving forward.

I was With Her, and after watching her concession speech, I couldn't be prouder with who I voted for. To be clear about Hillary — to still-salivating Bernie fanatics, loathing Hillary haters who use Benghazi and her email server as a rightful reason to oppose her, and Trump supporters who think she should be jailed — I disagree with you whole-heartedly. Not just about her place in the White House, but about her character. That said, if Paul Ryan, John Kasich, Marco Rubio or anyone not named Ted Cruz were the Republican nominee instead of Mr. Trump, I would have highly considered voting for them — and more importantly — further examined Clinton's flaws compared to theirs. The GOP nominee forced me to see the good in her, not the bad. However, as someone who does not fully agree with Obamacare (though I voted for him in '08) and many democratic fiscal directions, I could have been swayed on a GOP candidate given that their social stances were not subliminally discriminatory.

Which brings me to this point. Most importantly today: To my friends and family who will be directly affected by a Republican House, Senate — Congress — in the coming years, I'm hurting for you. I'm crying with you. And I'm determined to fight for your rights through a likely storm ahead.

Today, my morning prayer was 1 Corinthians 3:17-23, which states, "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight." And with that, I say: I don't hate Mr. Trump. My uncle teaches me often to not hate the sinner, but the sin. I deeply and passionately hate Mr. Trump's public and hurtful sins, just as I’m sure his supporters hate Hillary’s. But I refuse to hate our next president. Instead I'll believe. I won't go as far as to say I'll believe in him or his vision — or lack thereof — to “make America great again" and transform Washington. But I'll believe in the God who loves him and believes in him. Because he is mine as well.

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The best organization to make a difference in San Diego/SoCal. https://www.facebook.com/TheSeanyFoundation/videos/1338821532802499/?pnref=story

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Pretty awesome feeling. Today's 1A cover breaking down a huge ‪#‎rioolympics‬ story line ‪#‎nexttodonaldtrump‬
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Easily the most complex subject matter to weed through, but this is such a gratifying end product on what could be the biggest story line in Rio over the next few weeks. #Olympics http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2016/08/01/testosterone-rules-suspended-intersex-athletes-caster-semenya-dutee-chand-maria-jose-martinez-patino/87787248/

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With the Olympics nearly a week away, so proud to have written this cover story w/my colleague Martin Rogers on such a topical issue heading into Rio. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/rio-2016/2016/07/27/lgbt-athletes-rio-olympics-gus-kenworthy-greg-louganis-tom-bosworth/87268468/

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About a month of hard work for this one. Fascinating topic.

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It's been a few weeks since my Kenya trip and it's given me time to revisit my journal entries and reflect on my amazing experience. Here's a thorough, picture/video-driven post of highlights from my life-changing trip: http://scottgleeson.com/wordpress/13-imprints-that-made-my-africa-trip-the-experience-of-a-lifetime/

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Had the privilege to interview and write a big piece on Chris Mosier, a transgender athlete who is shattering stereotypes and will confront the HB2 law in North Carolina. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2016/04/27/transgender-duathlon-chris-mosier-hb2-law-national-championships-north-carolina/83435260/

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After eight months of reporting, this incredibly difficult story package has finally hit the presses. Never written about something so challenging but the final product is something I'm so proud of. Special thanks to Erik Brady for making this story sing. http://www.usatoday.com/longform/sports/college/2016/04/26/religious-schools-policy-ncaa-lgbt-student-athletes/83299356/
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