You Deserve a Trump Presidency
An Open Letter from a European Who Loves America
When I woke up this morning, I opened my Twitter feed and noticed an eerie, deafening silence. It wasn’t long before I realized what had happened.
The words “President” and “Trump” were in the same sentence. And it wasn’t an article from The Onion.
To my astonishment, I wasn’t surprised. I wasn’t sad. I wasn’t afraid. Somehow I knew all along this would happen, and I immediately thought of the prophetic words of Michael Moore.
I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president. And now I have even more awful, depressing news for you: Donald J. Trump is going to win in November. This wretched, ignorant, dangerous part-time clown and full time sociopath is going to be our next president. President Trump. Go ahead and say the words, ’cause you’ll be saying them for the next four years: “PRESIDENT TRUMP.”
Now a few hours went by. Browsing through the Facebook stream, I had a hopeless sense of pity for my friends on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
I sat on the train and cried…
Wrote a Lithuanian girl emigrated to the U.S.
I AM NOT JOKING ABOUT ACQUIRING AN ISLAND. WHO IS INVESTING AND WHO IS COMING?
Was the cry of another young woman.
The endless stream of angry and desperate emoticons was punctuated by astonished remarks, people in shock, incredulous of the results.
Now that I have collected my thoughts, I have something very important to tell you, my dear liberal friends. Something you are not going to like, and that will probably hurt more than the results of this election.
You deserve a Trump Presidency
I am not saying this light-hearted, or out of a sense of sadistic pleasure in seeing you suffer. I am saying this because it’s true.
The reality is you voted for Trump years ago. You just didn’t want to admit it to yourself.
You voted for Trump when you let a corrupt system bail out banks for trillions of dollars, without putting up a real fight.
You voted for Trump when you allowed the architects of the financial meltdown go free with million-dollar bonuses, instead of facing charges for the crimes they have committed.
You voted for Trump when the discussion on the gender-inclusive toilet was the top item on your agenda, instead of reforming the Electoral College, an insane, undemocratic system that theoretically allows for someone with 22% of the votes to win the election.
You voted for Trump when The History Channel went from showing documentaries about the Second World War to “Ancient Aliens” and “Swamp People”, and The Discovery Channel went from showing “Lost Treasures of the Yangtze Valley” to “Naked and Afraid”.
You voted for Trump when Lawrence Lessig — who wanted to reform the broken Campaign Financing system—ran for president, and you let the Democratic Party push him out from the debates, changing the rules post hoc, proving there was nothing democratic about the Democratic Party.
There will never be a Christmas.
We will never get your issue solved
until we fix this issue first.
So it’s not that mine is the most important issue. It’s not.
Yours is the most important issue, but mine is the first issue.
– Larry Lessig on Campaign Financing in the U.S.
You voted for Trump when you let the DNC play dirty tricks against Bernie Sanders, a candidate that represented a much needed change of direction, and that would have won against Trump in a landslide. You didn’t protest. You didn’t take the streets. You didn’t ask for Hillary’s resignation.
You let that happen.
But most of all, you voted for Trump when you let the most hated politician in modern American history (Trump aside) become the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party.
A person who represents everything that’s wrong with the establishment. A person who IS the establishment, who didn’t and wouldn’t touch the powers that be, because she depends on them. A person that by any stretch of the definition cannot be considered “liberal”, “left”, or “for the people”.
Someone who guarantees that none of the fundamental issues plaguing American democracy would be fixed, and that drove millions of voters away.
America, I’m sorry to say, but you deserve a Trump Presidency.
You deserve it because through your collective inaction and indifference towards all the very obvious wrongdoings, you let your country slip into a hole, and the most effort you made was starting a few hashtags on Twitter.
You deserve it because your failure to address the most fundamental problem of America, the injustice of an economic system that lets the powerful and rich control everything while dividing a nation, run amok undisturbed, and this is the inevitable result. The biggest fuck you in modern history.
Now feel the pain of a Trump Presidency.
Experience the frustration, when he will elect far-right, conservative supreme court justices.
Experience the horror when those justices will repeal same-sex marriage laws, and you won’t be free to love someone.
Experience the desperation when he will cancel the Paris agreement on Climate Change, drill deeper to find more oil, burn coal, cut funding on research and development for renewable energies, and you won’t be free to imagine a positive future for your and your children.
Experience the anger when the rivers will be polluted, the corals will die, and the forests will disappear, and you won’t be free to take a walk in a park without a gas mask like they do in China.
Experience the hopelessness when a deportation force will take away your family, friends, co-workers and loved ones, and you won’t be free to live free.
Experience the fear when neo-nazi white supremacist groups will explode throughout the country, when acts of racism, hatred, violence, xenophobia, and bullism will be the norm.
Only then will you finally get off of social media, stop bitching about your organic coffee, kale salad, and recycled yoga mat, get out on the streets and start a revolution.
This is what you need. A revolution.
Because the issues America is facing are the same of 30 years ago.
Richard Pryor knew it.
Martin Luther King Jr. knew it.
Racisms, bigotry, hate. They all have a common problem. Mahatma Gandhi once said:
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Indeed he was right. Like Pryor and King, he understood that the very power structure of American society creates violence and division. Unless that is addressed, you will live in the illusion of peace and safety.
Now the veil has come down. And reality is punching you in the face.