With all this recent tumult about the surprising event that happened this Tuesday regarding the United States elections; many ask how is it that half of the United States citizens who voted, chose to vote for such a surreal character like Donald Trump to become the 45th president of the first world power. Perhaps, giving him hold of one of the most powerful world leader title on earth with all the limitations his presidency might encounter.
All this regardless of how he behaved throughout his whole campaign (and life). It just didn’t seem to matter at all. Not his misogynist comments, not his racist, indifferent views or what he apparently stands for.
I’m extremely surprised that in a seemingly normal and rational democracy his running for president have not been put in doubt or asked to be withdrawn to the point that he has, finally, became president. It seems as people surrendered, they surrendered to their hopes of something different. And as we did not take him seriously; neither did his voters, I conclude.
In the aims of a desperate try for something different, his race took place and his presidency we met. In choosing the same, we desperate for thinking the predictive future. People are tired of the status quo, which is what Hillary presidency meant for a lot of people: her many years of experience, her apparent continuance of the current White House policies, her elitist and not trusted profile and the most backlashed one- the “liar” tittle that carried throughout her whole campaign. She couldn’t win the people’s vote standing against such an opponent. People just didn’t trust her. And I believe that having just half of the population standing with her against such a character like Trump, only means, that even those who voted for her did because they had no option. But not because they wanted her as a president, nonetheless, to let her be the first female president of the US.
It was as everyone said “choosing the two of the lesser evils”.
In a presidential race with the two most unpopular candidates in the US history. It wasn’t clear for me. I wasn’t an advocate for either two, not Hillary, not Trump.
But If I had to choose someone to govern me, I’d like someone prepared, an analyst who doesn’t just act on impulse, someone more rational than comical, someone that stands for the values I believe in, and in that, I would have wanted Hillary to become president.
*But i’m not a us citizen, neither do I live there, but it matters to me, as it matters to many other who take the US as an influence for democracy. It matters even to those who hate the US.*
But have I watched the debates, listened more to what each candidate had to say and understand what each position means. I’d have advocated for Hillary sooner than later. Please, understand, people who vote, that this one day change means a change in the course of History, you might not notice it now, but you never know what upcoming policies means, how it changes people’s life.
And now, I can only hope for the best. And that all this campaign was just a joke. That Trump is actually another person, that he didn’t meant what he said. That he’s taking all this very seriously and not just as a little kid dream, that he understands the dimensions of his position and that he’ll be what the world needs, that he’ll turn out to be a great president, or If I ask too much, that he’ll be at least decent.
All this entails that I’m forgetting about his whole campaign, all this entails that I’m ignoring the marriage he has. His “grab them by the pussy”, his “Obama is the founder of ISIS”, his plenty “we’re gonna build a wall”, his Chinese backlash for stealing jobs in America, his apparent views on world trade policies, etc.
But now I would start talking about how I really feel. How this all makes me feel.
I feel saddened, I feel saddened for women, I feel sad for inclusivity, I feel sad for diversity. If anything this election has taught us, apart from the fact that we’re not listening, is that our interests, our very own interests come before anything else, that those interests null us from the very other people issues, that a reality we don’t live is just not our reality. My LGBT friends, my muslims friends, the different minorities, I’m sorry we keep failing you.
In any other rational society, a presidency like TRUMP would have never taken place. After all the campaign was tinted with racist, misogynist, hateful and unfounded comments, he kept going on. He was just the meme of the moment, the presidential joke who made comments about women’s bodies, Mexicans, etc. I feel saddened, I feel saddened today, specially for women. I feel extremely sad to have a first lady like Melania Trump. I feel extremely saddened for those hard working women who has had to fight for what they believed in yet didn’t see results. I feel sad for the ambitious career Hillary has hold, for all her achievements, and yet she lost to an inexperienced misogynist racist candidate.
As simplistic as this statement seems, it holds a truth we can’t deny.