The US presidential election was last night, and it was a nail-biter in the classic sense of the word, the outcome in doubt until well past midnight. Trump won.
That frightens me in a way that no other election results anywhere have frightened me in very long time. His campaign played equal parts fear, hate, and ignorance, and it was just enough. Had the opposing party run a different candidate, it might not have been. In retrospect, perhaps that should have been obvious, but it wasn’t, at least not to me. I’ve been on record since he gained the nomination that he couldn’t be elected, but I was wrong.
The Democrats ran the wrong candidate, and you can lay the blame anywhere you like because there’s probably plenty to go around. There is plenty, just on the strength of what I’ve read in the past few weeks.
Under normal circumstances, there is no way that Donald Trump should have won the Republican nomination. He’s a horrible excuse for a caricature of a human being, and any of the people he ran against would have been better. Well, that might be an exaggeration, but not by much. I think about some of the field of candidates who might actually have had a chance to begin with, and there are plenty I would consider dangerous sociopaths or just plain crazy. Most of them would have been ineffective at best, and of the rest, I don’t think they were dangerous on the same scale as Trump is. Well, maybe Cruz, but in a different way.
Under normal circumstances, had the Democrat establishment not manipulated everything in their favor, which seems obvious now even if it wasn’t all along (and it was), it should have been, at least in my opinion, Bernie Sanders who won the nomination. But Sanders didn’t win.
Which is too bad, a Sanders vs Trump campaign would have been far more entertaining, and far more engaging, and it would have produced very different end result.
But the Democrats ran the wrong candidate.
Bernie or bust has proved to be prophetic.
The real problem isn’t just that the Americans are going to have Trump in the White House, at least until he is impeached or assassinated, which I give 12 months or less, but that the Republicans holds a majority in both the House and the Senate. They will have control over the Supreme Court, effectively for the next 20 years or more, I expect. All of the social and human gains the United States has made in the last two decades will be rolled back, and possibly farther than that. The American political establishment should be shot or fired at every level for allowing the snowball to roll this far. Since they won’t be, they should be frightened, should in fact be shitting themselves. What happened last night was not actually a victory for anyone, and the United States will spend a long, long time paying for it. Unfortunately, so will rest of the world in a variety of ways.
I think about the people Trump has said will be part of his cabinet, and I fear for the safety of a lot of my American friends as well as a lot of people around the world who may have things Trump wants.
And I really worry that we’re seeing the birth of a theocracy.
Hold on to hope, keep fighting, and be well.
As well as you can in this suddenly far more frightening world.by