The media has been jumping through hoops trying to understand those who voted for Trump. Progressive media like the L.A. Times, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-donald-trump-american-voices-20161113-story.html , the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-kirk-edgerton/why-those-people-are-voti_b_9418568.html and on and on. And I’ve tried to understand. But, maybe it’s time for the Trump voters to try to understand why the majority of voters, http://heavy.com/news/2016/11/popular-vote-clinton-trump-2016-lead-update-2012-vs-electoral-college-definition-meaning-2008-hillary-california-election-results/ are truly horrified by the outcome of this election.
First is the question of electing a racist. I’m quite sure that if Canada were to suddenly have some sort of unprecedented calamity, and millions of Canadians were to suddenly immigrate to the USA, Trump, and Trump voters would have no problem accepting these English-speaking, white immigrants. The same could be said for the Brexit vote, which was fueled in part by the increased immigration of Pakistanis and other brown people from former British colonies. It is a fear of white people becoming a minority. Something Van Jones called white-lash. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/11/us/obama-trump-white-backlash/ While I think Jones makes some good points, I would agree that the economic plight of some Trump and Brexit voters certainly was a part of their motivation. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/donald-trump-why-did-he-win-a7414716.html But, I cannot ignore the things that Trump has said about Mexicans and Muslims. Trump voters have said it is okay to be racist.
Second is the question of electing a woman-assaulting, misogynist. I’m sure you’ve all seen the tape recording exposed by the Washington Post on October 7th. Trump voters rationalize this a “boy talk”. Well, sorry, to those of us who had been paying attention, Trump’s attitude, exposed by this tape, has been evident for a long time. His comments about women, Rosie O’Donnell, Megyn Kelly, and many others http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/news/a44629/donald-trump-insults-women/ make it clear he thinks of women as decorative sex toys. His first wife accused him of rape at one time, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/donald-trump-ex-wife-claim-he-raped-her-resurfaces-in-new-documentary-a6836151.html . Trump voters have indicated it is okay to be a misogynistic assaulter of women.
Third is his ignorance about global climate change. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jun/03/hillary-clinton/yes-donald-trump-did-call-climate-change-chinese-h/ The evidence for climate change is overwhelming, http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/ ; 110 nations have agreed to that overwhelming consensus by signing the Paris Agreement. Rising sea levels with increased flooding, increase in intensity and damage of wildfires, stronger hurricanes, more deadly hot spells, the list of climate change problems goes on and on—far more costly to the world’s economy than the move to green energy would be. http://www.ucsusa.org/our-work/global-warming/science-and-impacts/global-warming-impacts#.WCzvxbIrIYs Maybe when the Trump voters in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas lose thousands of neighborhoods to flooding, they will see the error of their vote. Trump voters are saying it’s just fine to ignore science.
Fourth is the fact that Trump has bilked hundreds, if not thousands of people out of millions of dollars. Even the Wall Street Journal, hardly a liberal rag, has reported this. http://www.wsj.com/articles/donald-trumps-business-plan-left-a-trail-of-unpaid-bills-1465504454 Also, the relatively moderate USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/06/09/donald-trump-unpaid-bills-republican-president-laswuits/85297274/ We don’t know how much the man has paid in taxes, if anything. But, he did tell Hillary Clinton that such tax avoidance made him smart. Guess that means he thinks that we schmos, who feel like paying taxes is a patriotic duty are stupid. Trump voters are saying that cheating people and not paying taxes is just fine.
Fifth is the fact that the man is totally unqualified for the job, and doesn’t seem to be enlisting people who are knowledgeable. http://www.salon.com/2016/11/14/donald-trump-is-unprepared-to-be-president-and-doesnt-even-know-how-the-west-wing-works/ And, the few knowledgeable people he had on board are being let go, evidently as a result of animosity from certain family members. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/us/politics/trump-transition.html Trump voters have said that experience and knowledge of the job doesn’t matter.
Sixth is the influence on my country’s presidential election by the Russian government. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/us/politics/trump-transition.html If a Democratic candidate had had such a connection the Republicans would have been screaming “traitor”. Trump voters seem to be unworried about having someone heavily influenced and perhaps in debt to the vicious dictator Putin. http://time.com/4433880/donald-trump-ties-to-russia/
This is my short list of objections to Trump. I could go on for another ten pages.
Trump supporters seem to be able to rationalize all the things the majority of voters have found appalling about him. “It’s just hearsay” one claimed. He’ll be much more statesmanlike in office they affirm. “Give him a chance.” Well, it hasn’t started out very well. There’s the aforementioned shake up of his staff. He has said his family will run his businesses, while all other recent presidents have put their assets in a blind trust. http://time.com/4433880/donald-trump-ties-to-russia/ Oh, and, by the way, he would like to have security clearances for those family members. http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/14/politics/donald-trump-children-security-clearance/ I wonder if Trump voters are so naïve as to say “What possible conflict of interest could that create?”
It’s apparent to me that the only thing Trump is concerned about is his empire. His family are already trying to take advantage of their position to sell their products. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trumps-using-office-to-promote-products-810042435998 . I guess Trump voters don’t mind a little commercialization of the office.
I know that writing this will not change the minds of most Trump voters. I can hope that it might give the independents and “lesser of two evils” voters some understanding of why so many of us are horrified, terrified, and very, very upset about this election. When G.W. Bush was elected, I was very unhappy, but I did not refuse to recognize him as president. I will never recognize this racist, woman-assaulting misogynist, climate-change denier, business huckster, tax-avoider, political science ignoramus, Putin admiring, exploiter of the presidency, as the leader of my country. He is deplorable. Voting for him is saying that it’s acceptable to be deplorable. I will always find that to be un-American.