Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States of America. I have never been more ashamed to be an American.
What does it mean?
It means Americans are more more resentful of politics as usual than previously could be measured. Bernie Sanders’ run portended this notion. The election of a dishonest, mythical business creator, sexist, racist, tax-evading, draft-dodging, narcissist to the highest office in the land put the nail in America’s coffin.
We got to choose. We chose badly.
Be cool or be cast out
Van Jones says this is “whitelash.” Were we so continually upset that a black man held the office for two terms that we had to strike back? To those racist, low-information voters that went Trump, the answer is an obvious yes. It always was their bent. They just didn’t have enough collective power to make their racist proclivities actual policy.
Then came Donald Trump. Trump galvanized the white disaffected voters with promises of … nothing. He has nothing substantive to offer them. But he told them he knew their pain. And that he would make America great again. And that was enough for them.
And now white, dumb America gets to feel like it got a win.
The pollsters? So wrong. Except for FiveThirtyEight, who, despite much late criticism, had Trump and Clinton with virtual 50/50 odds of winning. Everyone else had Clinton significantly ahead in terms of the chances she would lose to the worst presidential nominee from a major party this nation has ever had to offer.
They were wrong about Trump. They were wrong about us, as it turns out.
Polls are blunt measuring instruments. Apparently, they cannot reach into the intentions of too many Americans. This election did.
They said Trump wouldn’t run.
They said Trump didn’t really want to win.
They said Trump had no chance in the primaries.
They said Trump wouldn’t win the Republican nomination.
They said Trump wouldn’t have the nuclear codes in his tiny, underthinking, vengeful, immature, self-aggrandizing hands.
Clearly, at the heart of Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton, are the results of the Bradley effect. The polls could not / did not effectively measure voters intentions. Trump is so odious, so obviously unfit for the office, many voters either directly obfuscated when polled on their voting intentions, or claimed to be undecided. And then they voted for Trump.
Donald Trump will be our next president of the United States of America. Not Hillary Clinton. A woman still cannot be president in the United States of America.
What do I tell my daughter? How can we do this to our children? How can we do this to ourselves? The candidate offered no acceptable solutions.
Any escape might help to smooth the unattractive truth
The wall is a profoundly stupid idea. And America bought it. Or will buy it. It will cost many billions of dollars to construct and maintain. It will also have virtually no effect. Most of the illegal immigration problems the U.S. deals with come from immigrants that arrived via plane. That will only increase if there’s a stupid, god damn, ridiculously expensive wall on the southern border. All that money and effort could be so much better used for actually needed infrastructure.
Mass deportation of immigrants is fundamentally un-American. At least it used to be. We will harm millions of people while we do immeasurable damage to our world-wide reputation. People will die, horribly, both home and abroad if Trump’s immigration plans are put into place.
Trump has backed off raising taxes on the wealthy. Blue collar America, YOU HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT. And you still voted for him. Trump’s tax plans will harm most Americans. AND YOU VOTED FOR HIM.
From The Fiscal Times: An analysis of the plan by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center found that the Trump plan was disproportionately beneficial to the wealthy, and would greatly increase the national debt.
Why did we do this to ourselves?
Because we’re stupid. We are willing to buy a demagogue's bullshit. Time and again, we willingly cede our own interests, our own power, our futures to the empty words of a self-aggrandizing loudmouth who peddles obvious lies as simple salves.
And we did it again. We elected Donald Trump as president of the United States.
I am sad today. I am not alone. I wanted a better future for my children and for my remaining years. And somehow, we have been duped into electing a dangerous, dishonest, dim-witted strongman to the most powerful position in the world.
The world and its problems are far more complex and require much more strategy and nuance than could ever be mustered by the crotch-grabbing, 3 a.m.-tweeting, violence-inciting, poison-spewing Trump could ever imagine.
Trump is on record for admiring Vladimir Putin. He is on record for admiring the Chinese put-down in Tienanmen Square. He keeps an enemies list. He has vowed to jail Hillary Clinton. He inherits a White House that will enjoy the benefits of a Republican-led Senate and a Republican-majority House of Representatives. He will soon fill the remaining Supreme Court vacancy with a conservative judge.
The effects of Donald Trump are only beginning. But they will be long-lasting.
This will not end well.
© Julian Rogers