The results of the 2016 election are in and are not exactly as I predicted in my column back on September 29th.
Hillary Clinton has not been elected as the nation’s very first female president even though Maryland is proudly sending Chris Van Hollen to the Senate and Jamie Raskin to Congress. In addition, Marylanders can take pride in also re-electing to Congress both John Sarbanes and John Delaney.
However, regarding this country placing Donald Trump in the White House I have no choice but to quote Charlton “my cold dead hands” Heston in his role as Taylor in Planet of the Apes: “You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
Sure, just because someone voted for Donald J. Trump does not mean that that person is a racist, or a misogynist, or a xenophobe, or is a member of a white supremacist group, or joined the Nazi youth movement. It does mean, though, that if you do find yourself falling fall into any of these particular categories then you did not vote for Hillary Clinton or Gary Johnson or even Jill Stein. You voted for Donald J. Trump and the international joke that is now America is on you.
Also, if you are an African American who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 or 2012 and chose not to vote in this election, then you clearly voted for Barack Obama solely because of the color of his skin and not his position on issues. The results of this disastrous election are on you, as well.
If you are a Bernie Bro who could not bring yourself to vote for Hillary then you were not capable of recognizing that Bernie would have had a great deal more influence on a Clinton administration than he will certainly have on a Trump administration and this election is on you, too.
As well, if you found yourself voting for a third party because you failed to see the difference between a psychopathic liar and the most experienced candidate for president in our lifetimes, then you failed to remember the effect of Ralph Nader on the 2000 election. This election is on you.
To quote H.L. Mencken: “ As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach in their heart’s at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” Welcome to the Trump presidency.
On November 8, 2016 Donald Trump won as did hate, fear, racism, sexism, homophobia, prejudice, and self-promoting. The losers: people with pre-existing health conditions, Dodd-Frank and the protections against Wall Street abuse, gun safety, campaign finance reform, negotiation over confrontation, and those who believe in climate change and the need to save our planet.
Racism exists in America and the rise of Donald Trump exacerbates that racism. He has made it mainstream and all those who used to hide in the shadows have been made free to come out of those shadows. George Lincoln Rockwell would be proud of Donald Trump’s America. Sadly, I am not.
I am not sure if America will go the way of the Trump Taj Mahal or Trump University or Trump Airlines, but America has certainly put this country on that course.
If there is any good news to come out of this it is that in four years America will likely understand the consequences of its 20016 decision and reverse that decision by taking the White House and both houses of Congress away from the Republicans. The bad news: the damage will already have been done and will take generations to undo.