It’s been two months since I’ve written anything on this site. Life has been in the way, but in a good way.
Well life has a funny way of playing itself out, and because of life I’m again writing something. This time for a different reason however.
On Tuesday, November 9th, 2016 – Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States after receiving 290 electoral college votes. President-elect Donald Trump however did lose the popular vote, becoming only the fifth President in United States history to lose the popular vote but still win the White House.
The days following the election of the president should be one of joy and optimism. This time however has felt more so like the lead up to a funeral. There have been anti-Trump protest in major cities across the nation, with reports that an anti-Trump protest in Portland Thursday turned to a riot. People have decided to call off from work and school to be able to just process what has taken place. I even went to work on Wednesday morning and had never seen as many somber white faces in one place after a non tragic event.
And there lies the problem.
For more than a year, Donald Trump campaigned on a platform of racism, bigotry, misogyny and the exclusion of people who weren’t white, heterosexual and Christian. Yet, it’s the day after he is elected to the highest office in the land do people now see how dangerous his rhetoric was?
Let’s be clear, the United States of America wanted Donald Trump as their next President, but which United States was that?
The United States that elected Trump to be President is the same United States that has an issue with the movement and organization that is Black Lives Matter. It’s the same United States that listened to Donald Trump’s unfiltered thoughts about how he and other men are allowed to deal with women. It’s the same United States that hates to be called a racists, but had no issue voting for a person who spoke of building wall to keep out Mexicans and an outright ban on Muslims from entering the country.
What’s ironic or fitting, however you decide to look at it. The one group of people in this country who had the power to make sure that Donald Trump wouldn’t become President chose not to do so.
White women across the nation had the power to make Hillary Clinton, the first women President our nation had ever seen. Hillary Clinton, another white women – if there was ever going to be a candidate that they could look at and see themselves, Hillary was that candidate. What happened? According to exit polls 53 percent of white women voted for Trump while 47 percent voted for Clinton. Simply, white women decided that they would rather choose a man who wants to “grab them by the pussy” rather than Hillary Clinton, and that’s all you need to know about this election.
Knowing this makes it hard for me to sit here days later and listen to people talk about how sad and how hurt they are about a Trump presidency. The majority of the majority wanted to keep a man with the ideals of Donald Trump in office, and that’s exactly what came to be.
Donald Trump hasn’t emboldened racists in the United States he’s just reminded them of the power they truly have in this country – I think this is the idea that scares people the most.
The saddest part though, this could have all been avoided if more people had the guts to say much of what they’re saying about the United States after Trump was elected if they had said it before.
But I know somebody who did.