Friday, November 11, 2016

The Responsibility of Trump Supporters

I am reading a lot of upbeat posts and articles about how everything is going to be okay in this country written by people who would suddenly like us to come together now.  The responsibility you must take if you have supported Trump in any way is that the clear and daily messages he spoke with his own mouth—disrespecting women, racial slurs, bullying the disabled, treating Muslims like criminals, taking away healthcare, loving war and bombs is ALL OKAY WITH YOU.  You voted for hate and intolerance, not for coming together. 

Maybe there is as much of chance of this country coming together as the past eight years of President Obama being obstructed by the majority every step of the way. Those same politicians are still in charge and now they expect the collaboration they admit they never gave. They are completely capable of taking this country into a dangerous and even more divisive direction.

Trump supporters voted for progress to be reversed, which may not affect you, but it deeply affects many of your fellow citizens. If you’re not afraid then it probably will be okay for you because you haven’t had to fight for equality as so many of our citizens do everyday.

This inexperienced narcissist should have never even been nominated. There were plenty of other candidates anxious to be our president. But if you supported Trump over all of those choices don’t tell me everything is going to be okay. We are not poor losers or angry —we are afraid.


Geoffrey A. Landis said...

The actual election was complicated, and people voted for Trump for a bewildering variety of different and even contradictory reasons. Some of them voted for Trump because they hated the system the way it runs and they wanted to poke a stick in its eye. Some voted for Trump because they thought at least he wasn't as bad as Clinton, because they paid attention to things about Hillary said in places that her supporters didn't even pay attention to. Some voted for Trump because they see both their way of life and their jobs going away, and didn't see Hillary say anything about how she'd help them, only about how she wanted to help other people far away.
It's complicated. Everybody wants to simplify America to two parties, all good or entirely evil. Once you accept that dichotomy, the world seems to be easy to understand. But, in fact, the opposite is true: once you accept that dichotomy, the world is impossible to actually understand.

Diane Vogel Ferri said...

Thanks Geoffrey. I am still working hard to understand it all. I agree with you and sometimes the most difficult thing is to see someone else's side, but I am willing in order to find peace with this.