Like many Americans, I watched the election results unfold with a mix of shock and horror. I was excited to have cast a vote for the first woman president. Trump was simply unthinkable: completely unqualified, openly racist, an accused child rapist with a dozen sexual assault accusations in the weeks before the election, someone who openly mocked disabled people and treated the parents of a fallen war hero with scorn, a person who was willing to race-bait to win votes, a candidate with the endorsement of the KKK, who threatened to jail his opponent and threatening her life–encouraging his “second amendment” followers to “take action.” I was appalled to see FB friends call things I had seen him say & do with my own eyes “liberal lies” and to excuse his boasts of sexual assault as mere “locker room talk.” I had assured my kids that America was too great a place to let someone like this get elected to the highest office in the land. So I thought.
What I saw as a bug was a feature to many of his supporters. To others who voted for him despite these things, his objectionable qualities were something they were willing to overlook as a political expedient for various reasons. Although I am not a democrat and was lukewarm on some of Clinton’s policies, I could not bring myself to vote for a candidate so unfit even if I had liked his policies. Everyone has their limit. If I were hiring staff for my business, I would have disqualified him for his thin-skinned tweets alone. Handing him the nuclear codes seemed reckless at best.
We now have a president who is such a prolific tweeter that his tweeting style has become a meme. You can see his style used to tweet the classics of literature, read about how to write a fake Donald tweet, or see his tweets likened to whiny emo lyrics. In today’s post, I wanted to document a few tweets from the wake of that election night that I felt were particularly on point.
How many of us feel.
On the topic of racism, this. And if you’re not openly racist, but you’re OK with using racism to win the election, guess what . . . race-baiting is racism.
Technically, the child rape is a civil case because the statute of limitations has run out, but as Trump himself pointed out, rich guys get away with this stuff. They can just pay it off.
Another great point.
This isn’t the liberal media, folks. This is Trump actually doing this. Spin and context don’t change the fact that he’s literally mocking the disabled.
Nobody liked hearing this one.
Prof. Ben Park agreed.
Trump’s prophetic, I’ll grant him that.
How do I see the different views of women each candidate represents?
How I certainly felt as the results came in.
The hypocrisy of the religious right really pissed me off. Still does.
Watching Utahns vote for Trump in droves was another blow.
I wasn’t the only one unhappy with what’s Utah’s vote reveals.
Many of us wondered how could this happen?
Fake LDS Newsroom weighed in.
Why were people so blind-sided?
When whites decide to act like a disenfranchised minority.
Ricky Gervais, nailing it from across the pond.
In response to the church’s form response to the president elect, encouraging members to pray for him.
Any port in a storm.
If he tries something crazy? IF??
Another political irony.
Trump is all about family values.
BCC’s astute observation on the gravitas we’ve grown to expect from the right.
Ever the pragmatist, Bobby D. doesn’t want the Secret Service paying him a visit. And thus, the healing begins.
Ah, a silver lining.
And from the group Pantsuit Nation, a group of 3 million (mostly) women supporting Hillary, a group I was proud to join.
Van Jones, coining a term we’ll be hearing more of. I choked up listening to him speak on CNN.
Ultimately, this was the only thing of comfort for a lot of us.
There were many more, but these are just a few I wanted to share. Did any of you follow the election on twitter? Any poignant tweets to share? Please keep your responses to 140 characters or less.
P.S. As to the election, what’s done is done. My path forward includes the following:
- I do want to understand what so many of us overlooked–the feelings of our fellow citizens that led to this outcome. Can we find conciliatory policies to meet their needs that don’t endanger minorities or set civil rights back or normalize rape culture? I will hope that we do. I will hold this administration and my fellow citizens accountable for it to the extent I am able.
- We must all stand together against racism, sexism and homophobia. We must model the behavior we want. This can’t result in erosion of liberties for the most vulnerable among us. Civil rights should never be a “trickle down” approach, and neither should racism. Emboldening racists, particularly in rural communities, was a dangerous strategy. The Golem is out–we need to keep it under control.
- With a GOP in control, it’s time to see if conservative policies are effective or not. Conservatives did the unthinkable to gain power, but that’s done, so now it’s a question of results. Second terms happen when first terms yield good results.
- We need more women running for office and running for president if we want women’s interests to be taken seriously and understood. This election was a blow to many of us who care about the status of women, not only as capable leaders, but also as worthy of respect and basic human dignity, not simply pussies to be grabbed. If AZ didn’t pay so little for these offices, I’d even consider a run.