Cures for Trump-induced despondency and low spirits.
Living in a house of 9 students, there’s usually never more than two of us awake at 8am, and yet at 8.17am last Tuesday morning 8 of us sat staring blankly at the TV as ‘Trump’s Victory’ scrolled across the bottom of the screen. A man who has incessantly insulted women, ethnic minorities and fellow politicians, not just during his campaign but throughout his adult life. Someone who described abortion as “punishable” and labelled Mexicans as “rapists” is now the president-elect of the United States of America.
It seems every man and his dog have offered their two pence on how this disaster occurred and what this may or may not mean for America and the rest of the world. There’s nothing else that I can contribute to that debate right now, so instead I’ve been searching for things to numb the pain, challenge me and give me hope. Here’s what I’ve done, and what might simultaneously comfort and disturb you too…
- Read Michael Moore’s Twitter Feed. I love Michael Moore, and he assures me that there’s no way that Trump is making it through these four years without resignation or impeachment because “people break laws when they’re only thinking about what’s best for themselves.” So I’m glad that’s been cleared up, but in the mean time Moore has provided a post-Trump to-do list. Let’s get going on that.
- Buy this t-shirt. Which reads, “RESPECT WOMEN #DUMP TRUMP” Let’s all buy them and wear them 24/7! To the gym, to the supermarket, to work! (Too far?) Available to purchase here >> http://www.newlook.com/shop/mens/t-shirts-and-vests/white-respect-women-dump-trump-t-shirt-_512092210
3. Take a long hard look at yourself (myself). The bigotry that defined Trump’s campaign sadly doesn’t drown halfway across the Atlantic or fail to pass through customs; those attitudes are here in the UK too, in our cities and local communities as Brexit painfully illustrated. Most importantly, they exist within our own, and my own, social circles and in order to truly challenge them I need to get down off my moral high horse and engage in the debate. Since when did dismissing another person’s views encourage them to consider the key facets of feminist thought or alternative conceptualisations of immigration?