Even though the president-elect had majority of the votes, there were still a large number of voters that were at a loss for words and in disbelief that Donald Trump had won the election. With him having no knowledge about politics, many Americans did not want to believe the decision.

After the decision, a number of different writers have called the country a “New America”. A New Yorker writer, David Reminck wrote: “Nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism.” The Washington Post viewed it has America having an uncertain future. This has caused people to rethink the national anthem, when it states “land of the free and the home of the brave”. Because of this, a new anthem was written.

Thomas Hewitt Jones, who is a British composer, delivered an updated version that he calls “The Hate-Strangled Banner”. Jones says that it is a wistful, more somber version of the original anthem, and he believes that it is the best version for the country’s current state. Jones significantly slowed down the song, transposed it into a minor key, and had it pitched down. The changes deliver a haunting setting and some imagine a sobbing person breathing, when the warbling vibratos play.

Prior to the election victory, there were various events that led up to the decision to change the Star-Spangled Banner. One of the most talked about events is when Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, refused to stand for the national anthem. While other players stood with their hands over their hearts, Kaepernick kneeled on one knee. His decision swarmed the media and had everyone talking. Part of his decision had to do with a number of blacks being killed by police and the use of lyrics in the national anthem. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”, said Kaepernick.