The Trump Aftermath
It was all good just a week ago…
It really wasn't, but we all kinda sort of had hoped that Hillary was going to win the presidency … Easily.
Let the polls tell it, it was no contest. Americans were so convinced that the polls were right and that a Hillary victory was imminent, that 49.6% of all registered voters didn't even cast a vote. That's a major stat to keep in mind.
Democracy prevailed, right? I guess.
The people have spoken, right? Well, half of them did (a little over a quarter of a country elected Trump if you want to get technical).
And those people elected a presidential candidate who ran a campaign built on xenophobia, racism, and divisiveness. Donald Trump's campaign recognized who their supporters were and made it their focus to cater to them more than anyone else. Their strategy worked better than expected and a multitude of racists and bigots stepped out of the shadows and proudly began to hate on all minorities in Trump's name.
Despite all the many epic fails that the Trump campaign defended and that the rest of the country had to face-palm its way through, Trump supporters were standing strong through the whole thing. There seemed to be nothing Trump could do to lose their vote. He could probably have shot someone and his supporters would have defended his actions. His supporters truly believed that he would make America "great" again. Whatever the hell that meant.
TRUMP FOR THE WIN
So here we are.
After all the jokes, the debates, the scandals and everything else, Donald Trump will be America's next president … People are freaking the fuck out.
Trump's win launched a chain of protests the next night. People are protesting the fact that Trump cannot be their president because he doesn't represent America's values.
Women are terrified because an alleged sexual predator will be in charge of the country and he may not have much consideration for women's rights, to say the least.
African-Americans, latinos, and Muslims are frightened because, during the campaign, Trump threatened to ban Muslims, he vowed to deport Mexicans and build a wall to keep them out of the country, and he proposed to bring back stop-and-frisk, which disproportionately targets African-American citizens.
Some people fear that, given all the dictators who've endorsed Trump, democracy is at its most fragile state.
MAKING AMERICA "GREAT" AGAIN
One of the worst things that happened since Trump won, is that his win has emboldened racists and xenophobes. There has been a rise in hate crimes since Trump's win and the KKK is proudly celebrating Trump's win. Amazing.
So what does making America great again mean? When was it great in the first place and who was it great for? Looking at America's history, even in the greatest moments, there was still areas where major progress was needed.
When my teachers would cover the U.S. in my history classes, they believed that the most triumphant time for the U.S. was in World War II when they and the rest of the Allies defeated Germany (Hitler) and the Axis.
From then on, the U.S. has always been considered a powerful country with a strong military that commanded respect. It was the land of the free and the home of the brave.
With the Statue of Liberty as its symbol promoting freedom and liberty enlightening the entire world, the American Dream is something everyone aspired to and this caused millions of people to emigrate to the U.S. hoping for a better life.
However, back on U.S. soil, the U.S. was still not ready to accept minorities (black Americans mostly) or women as equal citizens (even though they had the right to vote). So despite the international image they conveyed to the rest of the world, America wasn't ready to allow all of its citizens to be completely free. In essence, their reputation was more evolved than the country actually was.
In those times, and historically speaking, being white had always been great. People gave the whites (kudos Dave Chappelle) the benefit of the doubt in every situation. They could ride roughshod over anyone and their privilege was at an all-time high.
These days, people are constantly fighting for equality. Whatever rights a caucasian citizen has, a lot of people believe that those same rights should apply to all citizens. People want to put an end to privilege and racial or gender nepotism that has been normalized for decades.
Makes sense, right? Many would say so publicly, but in private, they would say the opposite.
THE LIE HIS NAME CARRIES
In politics, name recognition counts for a lot. I believe it's the reason George W. Bush was elected and I also believe it's why Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made it that far in the campaign. The problem with Trump's name is that most people associate it with luxury and success. How can you not? Have you seen his fucking gold penthouse? I bet even Lex Luthor and Scarface would think the shit was too much … you know … if they were real life villain like Donald Trump could turn out to be.
Anyway … people think of Trump and they associate it with money and success. Donald knows this and has spent a lot of time and energy making sure that his name continues to be synonymous with those things. Some people believed that Trump, as a "successful" businessman, would bring that same money and success to all Americans. As if a year into his presidency, every Trump supporter would have their own yacht where they would sip mimosas and light their cigars with $1 bills.
Some people admittedly voted for Trump based on that reason alone. Those same people ignored his bankruptcies and all the money he claimed to lose on his tax returns – the ones he released anyway.
Some people only voted for Trump because they wanted something different than a cookie-cutter politician. They voted for Trump as a protest for true change. No, really, I heard a Trump supporter explain this logic on CNN.
WHO'S TO BLAME?
People are trying to find a reason explaining Trump's win. Some are blaming Wikileaks and Trump's ties to Russia.
Others are blaming James Comey and the FBI for claiming that they reopened their investigation against Hillary just days before the election.
Others blamed the media for not portraying Trump's inability to be the commander-in-chief.
Meanwhile, some blamed Hillary for not catering to all Americans and ignoring certain parts of the country (including the basket of "deplorables").
It doesn't matter. Trump won. Break the rearview mirror and move forward.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Follow Michael Moore's to-do list and clean up the Democratic Party.
Protest. You have every right to and it may show The Donald that he can simply do anything he wants and the country will go along with it.
As crazy as it sounds, give Trump a shot.
Remember when Obama won in '08 and '12 and some people were ready to set the country on fire? You called them crazy, right? Well, you kind of have to be as tolerant as you wished they had been back then.
THE SILVER LINING
Trump is an egomaniac who cares about how his name is perceived on a global scale, so part of me believes that he won't do anything to damage his brand.
He's already flip-flopped on the border wall, the Muslim ban and many other promises that got him elected.
The problem is that, just like George W. Bush, it's the people around him that can do the most damage.
RS FINAL THOUGHT
I don't what can be done about Trump, but I know the power of faith, perseverance, protest and revolution. His presidency may have ignited a massive revolution.
written by Joe Renegade