It’s been almost a week since Donald Trump was elected president. I’m still in shock…but slowly rallying. Early on Election Day, I was starting to finally feel better. (I’ve had an assortment of coughs, colds, sinus infections, and now a lingering ear infection over the past month.) But once those voting results started coming in, my health honest-to-God took a nose-dive. Realizing Trump was going to be our president felt like a physical assault.
Truthfully, I’m terrified of what’s to come. Besides being hateful and rude, the fact of the matter is that Trump is completely unqualified to be president. He has no idea what it means to govern. I’m sure he will delegate a lot of responsibility–he has to–but where that leaves us as a country, I’m not even sure. There’s just no way to know yet how bad it’s going to get.
So what now? I think we’re all figuring out ways to console ourselves, and here is what I’ve been reminding myself:
- Trump won, but not because everyone loves him. He doesn’t have overwhelming support. He didn’t even win the popular vote. I have to believe that the majority of people in this country don’t agree with Trump’s derisive, divisive, and disrespectful attitude, especially towards women, minorities, immigrants, and LGBT people.
- Republicans have no excuse now. They have complete control of the government (at least for the next two years.) They will be able to put all of their policies into place and will have to answer for the fallout from tax breaks for the wealthy, tariffs, mass deportations, an assault on civil rights, and God only knows what else. This is their moment, and if their policies turn our country to shit, they will have no one to blame but themselves.
- It’s all out there: the racism, bigotry, misogyny, and unapologetic greed. Trump doesn’t even try to hide it. It’s awful, but I believe his blatant hostility toward everything that isn’t Rich White Man will serve to rally good and decent Americans to fight for what is right. Hopefully we will be able to solidly sweep elections in 2018 and 2020. Let’s just hope Trump doesn’t start a nuclear war first…
So I’m still in shock, but I’m coming out of it. Now is the time for strength, resilience, kindness, solidarity, love, and fortitude. But first I just really need to rest. I’m going to take care of myself so I can take care of my family, take care of others, and then, hopefully, help build up and heal this divided–but still glorious–country of ours.