From what I have read, Trump didn’t really expect to win any more than we expected him to win. Now he is scrambling. The man is simply unprepared to be president. Let us hope he gets his act together quickly. I have been avoiding the news, but the headlines about his advisor-choosing process are stressing me out a little. I do believe the debacle of the W presidency had a lot to do with bad advisors and bad influence, and I fear a repeat. I would guess at this point, despite all his rhetoric, that Trump doesn’t really have a clue what he actually wants to accomplish and how he would go about it. That means he’s going to be figuring it out over the next few months, and things could really go in any number of directions.
I went on Facebook shortly after the election seeking to find other like-minded individuals who were similarly disheartened by Trump’s election. I did find this, but what I also found that I didn’t expect was an incredible amount of hate and vitriol directed at Trump voters. Honestly, I was taken aback and disgusted. I’m not talking about the posts expressing sadness that people who would vote for someone who speaks as Trump does and expressing concern over our country’s future. I’m talking about the ones who insist anyone who votes for Trump is a racist asshole. It seems too much to hope for that the liberal establishment will look in the mirror and ask how it is flawed and how they can improve so that someone like Trump isn’t an appealing alternative to their candidate. I see a divide between my friends who grew up in affluent, urban areas and those from rural areas, particularly the rural south. While nearly all my friends and colleagues are liberal, those who came from areas where there is widespread rural poverty and unemployment due to factory shutdowns are much more likely to be sympathetic to the plight of the Trump voter whereas the former are more likely to dismiss them as stupid and bigoted.
I do feel anger, but I honestly don’t feel it towards Trump voters. I know plenty of people who voted for Trump. The people I know who voted for Trump are mainly single issue voters who vote pro-life no matter what. (I know a lot of people think pro-lifers are inherently evil, and I obviously don’t agree with this point of view either.) There are two groups I feel anger towards. 1: Democrats and Liberals who stayed home. Voter turnout was very low. My understanding is that more than Trump receiving a lot of votes, he won because Hillary won so few. 2: Hold your nose and vote Hillary voters. Yes, these people voted, but their rhetoric dissuaded others from voting. Needless to say, anyone who didn’t vote or who voted third party gets no sympathy from me if they complain about Trump.
Four years. I want to say to the Democrats, Let’s get it together people! Much as I love Hillary (and hate Bernie), the Democratic candidate slate for 2016 was weak and limited. The Republicans sort of dissolved into Trump disarray, but they had a large group of diverse candidates, similar to the Democrats in 2008. Let us hope some new liberal leaders will emerge in the next four years.