Seriously. My God.
The United States has just elected a Neanderthal as its president.
To rephrase: the most powerful nation in the world has just elected a man so unstable his campaign had to take away his Twitter privileges, and given him the codes to the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons on earth.
Are you terrified yet?
Trump’s election says many things. Like, for example, if you’re of Hispanic heritage, you’re not welcome in the United States. If you’re a Muslim, you’re not welcome. If you’re trans, you have no rights. If you’re attracted to people of the same sex, you can’t marry them, because only cis straight people can do that. If you’re a woman, you don’t belong in the military (or a lot of other places), and certainly don’t deserve to be paid as much money as a man because you lack a penis. Oh, and if you need to get an abortion: too bad, you can’t have one.
What Trump’s election also says is this: if you sexually abuse someone, that’s Ok – you can still get a promotion. What it says is if you’re the victim of sexual abuse, don’t bother reporting it – the scumbag who abused you can still keep on living their life just as they have. Hell, they can even be ELECTED PRESIDENT. Because what do your words mean, anyway?
What Trump’s election also tells us is that it’s OK for little girls to dream big – but not too big, because they should know their place. Which is certainly not in the Oval Office.
Oh, and it also tells us that the media are all liars who deserve to be hung.
These are all things Trump’s supporters have actually espoused.
November 9, 2016 may go down in history as the day that the United States of America, the supposed great bastion of freedom, decided to fully embrace fascism and elect a dictator. It may be the day US democracy died once and for all.
The most qualified person to ever run for president, Hillary Clinton, lost to the most unqualified person to ever run for president. As much as I’d like to think there are other reasons, I think there are two causes why she’s lost: 1) she’s a woman, and 2) America has a serious problem with hate.
Here are some other realities: the world economy will likely crash (indeed, it has already begun), and the parallels between the rise of the man who has won the US election and Adolf Hitler are looking scarier by the second.
I originally started writing this story a couple of days ago. Like most of the world, I thought Hillary Clinton had the election all but wrapped up. I was looking forward to talking about how proud I was to be from the United States, about how, for possibly the first time ever, the most powerful person in the world would be a woman. I was looking forward to writing about how her election would be giant step forward in the march for equality.
Then the results started coming in.
I’m still crying as I write this. I’m crying because I am genuinely afraid for what the future will hold. I’m crying because it seems that hate trumps love. I’m crying because I have never been more ashamed to have been born in the country that just elected this man.
When I say this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write, I am not joking. A few years ago I wrote a piece about nearly literally dying of serious illness in North Korea, a painful experience that even now causes me to wince involuntarily just thinking about it. But there was hope in that story, in that a team of doctors and nurses treated me and made me better.
It would appear America has no doctor that can heal it.
I was born in the United States. But I am not an American. I live in Aotearoa now, and from here on out will identify as a New Zealander. After all, I chose to immigrate here, and at least my new home doesn’t stand for the bigotry and hatred that the United States does. Indeed, I would gladly trade my US citizenship in for New Zealand citizenship in a heartbeat. I simply cannot support a nation like the US – and have already decided I will not physically set foot in that nation for the duration of Trump’s presidency in my own small gesture of protest.
America’s darkest day has arrived. The question is whether more darkness awaits – and how much of the world will be engulfed by that darkness.
Tell us again how rape and sexual assault accusations will ruin a man’s career. Tell us how being accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women, how bragging about how you can sexually abuse women, and calling women “fat pigs, slobs and animals” can prevent a man from defeating a woman who has dedicated her life to lifting up and helping others. Tell us why a man who thinks Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad and Kim Jong Un are good leaders shouldn’t be in charge of the military of a nation that spends more money on weaponry than any other. Tell us why a sexist, misogynist, homophobic, racist with a dangerously short temper and a well-known obsession with revenge and punishment shouldn’t be the leader of the Free World.
Tell us when we were supposed to realise we were being sold a pack of lies.
In the year of Brexit, and now this, it would appear that the aforementioned Free World is fucked.
Actually, it’s enough to make one rethink their belief in said God.