After getting ~1 hour of sleep on election night, I awoke the next morning still speechless over the results of the United States presidential election, trying to get my head around the reality which I never thought was possible.
I said after this vicious election cycle that I was going to take more of a break from going to CNN and similar news media because I was sick of the negativity. I had already stopped replying to much of the posts on Facebook and it’s been a process of following less people and perusing it less. So many posts are filled with mean-spirited comments and I have learned that the best way to reduce negative feelings in ones’ life is to remove it entirely (or as much as possible).
I don’t know if I ever will be able to understand how a racist, bigoted, misogynistic individual could be elected to the highest office in our country in 2016. No matter how angry people are, no matter how much they have been trained to distrust Hillary Clinton, I felt that there was no chance at all that Mr. Trump could win last night.
I so, so wish this was all a bad dream.
Trump’s campaign was rooted in fear and hate and that’s not a country that I can be proud of. I felt that riveting speeches like the ones by Michelle Obama would inspire enough people to stand up against the playbook that Mr. Trump has been using since he labeled Mexicans as rapists last summer when he “assumed” that some were good people. I thought for sure that comments about his thoughts on how he can treat women and the myriad of women reporting how he sexually abused them would be enough. I thought that his disgusting comments towards the Khan family would be the original tipping point. Hell I thought he was finished last summer when he insulted 2008 GOP nominee John McCain who had been a POW for many years in Vietnam and sustained permanent mental and physical injuries from this experience.
Yet here we are with President-elect Trump ready to take the keys to the Oval Office from my favorite president in my lifetime, a man I was proud to vote twice for.
I realize that this was mainly an anti-establishment vote for people in the United States, being given the opportunity to give the middle finger to the politicians who are seen with so much disdain no matter the election cycle.
To the people that voted with said middle finger I along with much of the world are fearful of what your actions could do for the safety of the planet with a man that has a history of no self-control with the nuclear codes (and Twitter) in his hands.
Be careful what you wish for.