I find it very difficult to write – to THINK – today. Aside from just being nauseous and somewhat numb, I am disappointed beyond words by the rampant ignorance among the American people, and I am afraid for the future of this country. I kept thinking that something must be wrong with the technology; the results can’t possibly be so favorable to Trump, a joke of a candidate who didn’t even believe himself that he could win. And yet, there he was, ready to cut into a cake made in his likeness (of COURSE it was) to celebrate his complete bamboozling of a misinformed, ignorant public. How could this even happen?? Did people hate Hillary (undeservedly so, I believe) that much? Is the supposedly most modern country in the world still so misogynistic that they would reject an intelligent, experienced, eminently qualified career public servant who just happens to be a woman over a practically illiterate, bloated, blustery huckster (who could ONLY be man) for the highest, most visible office in the land? I just don’t get it. New York, of course, had it right, voting nearly 3-to-1 against him. But the rest of the country was startlingly able to be conned. Why didn’t all the people who voted for Obama vote now for Hillary? Was it not to be just a continuation of four years of hard-fought success, with grace and class? Where were Bernie’s supporters? Did they not believe him when he entreated them to vote for Hillary because that was the only way – the ONLY way – they were going to achieve any of the items on their agenda?
And so we are now stuck with President Trump (I throw up in my mouth a little just to write it), assaulting us with his orangeness on a daily basis, a Slovenian former nude model as First Lady and his creepy family nepotistically inserted into every facet of his administration. And I can’t even hope for something terrible to befall him (not that I would, mind you), because then we’d be left with Mike Pence, who is probably, in his way, even MORE dangerous than Trump because he’s controlled by the blinders of Christian evangelicalism.
Oh, woe is my country! Where were all the progressives? Where were the Latinos and African-Americans and Muslim-Americans? Where were the WOMEN, who according to polls (which I will NEVER believe again) despised him by an overwhelming majority? Those groups together should have been able to defeat this menace. But they were somehow silenced, overcome by the squeakiest of wheels – middle class white men (and their women, I presume) who hated having a Black president and who hated even MORE the idea of having a woman president, who were conned by Trump the salesman and reality TV star into believing that he could do anything to fix their miserable lives. He can’t, and he won’t. That is my most fervent wish: That he is such an abject failure on all fronts that his supporters FINALLY turn on him, realizing that they have been sold a bill of goods (which they HAVE).
I have lost all hope and optimism, despite Trump’s efforts to “sound presidential” in his acceptance speech. And frankly, I am even more upset by the fact that the Republicans still control the Congress and will now have every opportunity to stack the Supreme Court in favor of turning back the clock to a time when women and minorities and the LGBT community were denied their human rights. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer had better hold on with all their might to stick around for another four years.
I confess I had this nightmare months ago: watching the election results with a sick feeling as Trump gains more and more electoral votes. The image that sticks with me from last night is an overhead shot of Trump headquarters and the sea of red “Make America Great Again” hats – made in China. These people are idiots, and now we will be ruled by idiots for the next four years. Be afraid – be very afraid. I am.