The results of the 2016 Presidential election Tuesday night left me stunned, anxious and terrified.
I knew this country was deeply … deeply … divided.
I guess I was naive to think that a candidate who espoused hateful rhetoric couldn’t be my country’s president. A nation known as the great melting pot couldn’t have a leader that wanted to deport millions of people. It couldn’t have a leader who wants to ban a complete religious group from its borders. An individual who bragged about sexually assaulting women on the regular or just being down right misogynistic couldn’t be the leader of the United States of America.
No? Never? Well. Here we are.
Growing up an Arkansan, I know there is real dislike for Bill and Hillary Clinton. No matter how many wonderful things this couple has done, there is still that layer of distrust. I get it. I mean, the stuff with the e-mails was hard to swallow. Work e-mails should remain work e-mails. On a work server. She even admits that. … But honestly, it’s not even the e-mails. No matter what Joe Bob at the water cooler tells you it was “them e-mails.” It wasn’t. It was her. It was her 30+ years of public service. It was that she was part of the establishment. Hillary was apart of a government that hasn’t done much … mostly because of divisive politics.
The people that voted for Donald Trump wanted change.
But they didn’t want just any change. Because more changes would have happened in the Congress and Senate if the people really wanted change.
No. They wanted a change that appealed to their white, male, national pride. They wanted someone who said the things they are thinking. And it’s quite evident when you check social media. Latinos getting told their time is up at the gas station by some redneck? Muslim women refusing to wear their hijab for fear of angering some knuckle-dragger?
But, is this how Trump will really be as president? Get this… Just days before being elected, Trump’s campaign took down his hate filled statements about banning Muslims. And upon meeting President Obama, Trump said he really enjoyed meeting with the president and they had a great discussion that last an hour and half and could have gone longer in his words. Trump admitted they had never met and actually liked him.
Man. Imagine if Trump had only met President Obama sooner. … Imagine that!
But I digress.
Trump is also going to have to learn a lot about diplomacy on the political level. You have to have diplomacy skills in order to work with people and get things you want taken care of for the people you represent. So these morons that tell you they voted for him because he says what we’re thinking… well, you’re about to see how duped you got. If Trump were to continue his ways, he will have a Congress and Senate … and a nation revolt. And he will not get a thing done. That wall isn’t getting built and there is no way Mexico is paying for it.
He must learn that team work makes the dream work. There is no I in team.
I know many hoped he will surround himself with top minds. Rudy Giuliani as attorney general is abhorrent. Newt Gingrich as secretary of state? Fuck that. How about getting people that disagree with you? Gingrich, Giuliani and Chris Christie have been stroking your ego for months. They won’t be objective.
But most importantly? What will he do to bring this nation together? He has millions of people that elected him that want him to keep to his hate speech. They want Muslims gone. They want that wall built.
And then, he has millions more praying that he won’t be as awful as candidate Trump for President has been. They hope that all of that was just talk. That like meeting President Obama, he will have a discussion and it will be a good thing. That he will be diplomatic. That he will work with people do to what is right for the people … be it man, woman, black, white, gay, transgender, Muslim, Latino or disabled.
He has a great nation to lead. I hope that he can. … Our country depends on it.