A Trump presidency still can’t actually believe I’m writing those words is the greatest political assault on human decency I’ve ever witnessed, and we should all feel frightened.
Yet today, many people will tell you to ignore your feelings. They’ll tell you to stay positive, to keep fighting the good oppose, to you know, donate to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU. You should be productive! Don’t despair.
They’ll remind you of historical combats and the need to never discontinue. If you have the impulse to leave the country, they’ll tell you to dig your heels in. After all, you can’t change things by running away.
They are right that we need to doubled down on fighting the prejudice, sexism and xenophobia that led to Trump’s election. But not today.
Today, we should mourn. Grieve. Scream. Bawl. Lose your fucking shit in any way that doesn’t endanger others.
After a misfortune of this scale, we don’t need to return to the field like an injured athlete who refuses to stop playing. We require a time out to process that an evil undercurrent has become our main political pipeline. Trump’s election entails many more Americans than expected hate your gender, your religion, your culture. You.
We should be angry or sad or hysterical or whatever. I can’t tell you how to feeling, but feel something.
Trumps election is a big fat reminder that many people in this country would rather elect a human who boasts about sexual assault than the first female president.
This isn’t some workout in futility. By pandering our feelings for at least a day, we’ll become stronger fighters. Sorry for the therapist speak, but when people refuse to process trauma, it haunts their daily lives. Instead of channeling their impressions into actions, they walk around in a bitter haze. We require clear strategists , not would-be activists consumed by dislike because they refused to punch a pillow or melt into a puddle of tears post-election.
Being angry now will motivate us afterwards. When we exist in progressive bubbles that reinforce our beliefs, it’s easy to be apathetic. For many, the results of the elections were a shock because the journalists we read and the friends we love have been recurring for 19 months that Trump is a monster. Wake up call! As minorities already know, we don’t live in a woke feminist paradise just because Beyonce exists.
Trump’s election is a big fat reminder that many people in this country would rather elect a human who boasts about sexual assault than the first female chairwoman. They would rather elect a human who wants to ban all Muslims from entering the country than acknowledge the reality that white men are the most common perpetrators of terrorist attacks. They voted for a human who wants to build a wall to keep out Mexican immigrants, yet depends on foreign workers and illegal immigrants to run his resorts and build his towers.
Being angry now will motivate us afterwards. When we exist in progressive bubbles that reinforce our beliefs, its easy to be apathetic.
In the end, this human wasn’t laughed off the stage. He will be led to the Oval Office. If that makes you angry, take the working day, the week or the month to feel upset. Don’t come up with productive answers or optimistic outlooks. Just stew in these dumpster fire election results and when you’re ready, help fix this broken country.