Late into Tuesday evening, Jake Tapper of CNN said that if Trump wins the election, "it's going to put the polling industry out of business." Well, Trump won the election, and not surprisingly, many have said my industry is in crisis. That's understandable. A Clinton victory seem like a sure thing. But was it?
A Trump presidency fills many with dread, largely because of the competing forces of his egregious claims and his status as a complete unknown with no policy track record. But in the interests of our mental health, I would like to put forward a brief argument for... optimism. The Trump presidency is going to be a reality. We who opposed him need to accept it. Here's how I'm getting through it.
Kids have to understand that when people don't know history, the same things keep happening, century after century. Teach your kids that bigotry, racism, and xenophobia are the default mindsets of humanity, that war is the norm in human history, and for us to stop repeating these ills, we have to fight against them. History has taught us that resistance is our only chance.
Would it be right to think that many of our southern friends don't really appreciate Mexicans and that many of them show a propensity to misogyny? We can ask ourselves the question, can't we? Thus, I dare to say (or rather propose the idea) that Americans have just elected someone who has many similarities with them, or at least the person who was the most like them.
In Hillary Clinton's final speech of this slow-motion car crash of a campaign, she declared that "love trumps hate." Turns out she was wrong. Instead, hate trumped love and so they picked Donald Trump, a vengeful demagogue running on a fear-fueled platform of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and Islamophobia alongside a running-mate known primarily for his anti-LGBTQ radicalism. Donald Trump is the President Elect of the United States of America.