It has been a few days since the election results came out, and I think I’m still in shock. It’s hard to wrap my head around this and how it happened, my brain can’t compute it.
I’ve been feeling the need to vent out my thoughts on the matter since day one, but I’ve also been unable to actually form them coherently, but I don’t care, I need to talk about it, I need to share why it’s such a disturbing idea to me.
First of all I think I’ll give you some context about me. I’m not a member of any minority. I’m a middle class, heterosexual, white woman. I’m “normal” by any western standard. But I was lucky enough to have been born in Portugal, in a free time, after the revolution. My next door neighbours while I was growing up were black people from one of the Portuguese old colonies. My mom and 2 older brothers were born in Angola. I was lucky enough that I lived in a huge city and in small villages, and I learned the life in the city and in the country. I started to travel at a young age, first with my dad, then alone and with my mom. I got to know different cultures, places and people. I’ve been to several places in Europe, I’ve been to Africa, I’ve been to Northern and Southern America, and I’ve been to Asia. I was raised with the knowledge that as a woman I could do anything. I decided to go into Science and I’m doing a PhD in an area where women dominate. I have several mixed race people in my family. My first boyfriend was from indian ancestry. My mother and brother live in Africa.
With everything said above, I’m a very open minded person. I never truly dealt with racism. I was never in a situation where someone told me I couldn’t do something because I was born a girl. Heck, my dad is the one cooking and cleaning in our house! I was never put down because of religion, or my lack of. I’m not saying racism, bigotry, xenophobia and chauvinism don’t exist in this country, because they sure do, I’m just saying that I was never that exposed to them.
So for ME, the result of the 2016 General Elections in the US is heartbreaking.
I’ll start by saying that I do understand somewhat why it happened. People wanted change, the process of globalization forgets a huge part of the population, and the system in the USA politics was in dire need of change. I understand that people are scared. I get all that. I really do. But how people thought that electing Donald Trump was the answer to their problems, it’s beyond me.
I have to say I don’t understand most of the criticism to Hillary Clinton. You might think that she wasn’t adequate for the job, but my problem is the “why” that people give for this fact. People call her corrupt, and again, why? People don’t trust her, why? The emails? Benghazi? People say that she’s an ice queen, she’s cold, and I wonder, would they think a cold man wouldn’t be good enough to hold office?
But still, no matter what your opinion of Hillary is or was, the question is:
HOW COULD ANYONE THINK THAT DONALD TRUMP WAS A BETTER OPTION?
We’re talking about a man who’s first message was about racism and xenophobia. A man who talked about deporting migrants and called Mexicans “criminal and rapists”.
A man who encouraged Islamophobia saying that all Muslims should be registered, and that they should be subjected to special kinds of checks. And their entering the US should came to a halt.
This is a guy who incited violence in his rallies!!!
A man who defended the use of torture and the killing of civilians.
This is a man who bragged about sexual assaulting women. And then when accused of it, his defense was “did you see them? they weren’t pretty enough for me to sexual abuse them“.
A man who feels the need to score a woman’s looks each times he talks about them!
A man who made fun of disabled people.
Who said that women should get punished for getting abortions.
Insulted war heroes and veterans!
A man who is supported by the KKK!
I don’t know guys, I don’t understand how this happened. How money came before human rights. How 42% of women voted for this awful awful person. How minorities still thought that voting for this abhorrence was better than to vote for someone who fought for women’s and children’s rights all over the world.
Trump wants to defund planned parenthood.
He said that the solution to the school shootings, was to allow children to carry firearms. CHILDREN!
This is a guy who publicly said that global warming is a stunt created by the Chinese!
HOW DID SOMEONE WHO LIED THROUGHOUT HIS ALL CAMPAIGN STILL WON?
He did though… don’t ask me why, because I’ve been waking up since November 9 still thinking that this is just a bad dream that I’m gonna wake up from at any time, but he did. Now what’s to be done?
In all honesty, from someone sitting from the outside, I don’t believe that anything can keep him from office. But people need to keep questioning everything. And exposing everything.
Protests are great, and I agree that people should express their feelings – it’s their right and this is an important issue – but they will solve very little, unfortunately. People will need to be vigilant in the upcoming years.
People need to actively show that they don’t support Trump’s views.
We don’t need silent shows of support to the issues regarding minorities. We need unequivocal ones.
Stop getting your news through Facebook, and if you do, make sure they come from a reliable source, because 39% of the “republican news” during the campaign were FALSE! Pure lies. So support real news teams. Subscribe to actual papers.As John Oliver so well put it, donate to the institutions that will need founds more than ever in the upcoming years.
But now that several days have passed, the reality of what it means for this man to become the president of the United States keeps getting scarier. He chose Michael T. Flynn for National Security Adviser, a guy who said that “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.” and defends strong ties to Russia. His Attorney General will be Jeff Sessions, who defends strict immigration laws and made a few racist remarks a few years back. Then we have Steve Bannon as Chief strategist and senior adviser, and there’s just no way around this one, because he’s a white supremacist.
And Mike Pence as his VP! This is a person who defends conversion therapy and said that if abortions were allowed for rape victims, then all women would want to be raped in order to miss work!
20 thoughts on “It’s been almost 2 weeks, and I still can’t believe it… Yes, I’m talking about that stupid election…”
The results were definitely unexpected.Watching the campaigns here(I’m in Kenya),we just assumed that there was no way he would win because of what we had seen him do/say in the news and the debates.It was a surprise.I hope all will be well though.America will pull through this.Sorry for what you guys are going through though.It shall be well.
PS:I like the cultural diversity in your life.Nice to know that you’ve been to Africa:-)
I actually think the bad effects will be transversal to all of the so called “free world”, because these things seem to be contagious. I actually think my life isn’t diverse enough, lol. I’ve been to Africa 3 times 🙂
Honestly, this is such an amazing post! And I agree 100 percent! I’m still in shock about this, and I still want to believe this is all a nightmare. As if Donald Trump being elected wasn’t bad enough., all the people he’s choosing for his cabinet just make this all the more terrifying!
yes, it is 😦
Yes. You nailed it. I’m completely sickened and disheartened and scared. And I WILL NOT be quiet about the supreme screw up this country made.
it has been a shit storm in last 20 days, I can’t even imagine what it will be like when he’s actually in the white house… *shudders*
It’s so disturbing. I can’t even believe it.
=/ i can imagine
You have said exactly how I feel! I am still reeling about it, I just don’t understand (well I do, but I don’t)!!! The sad thing is that the people who voted for him because they felt that he was going to make good changes for them, they are going to be let down the most. He is actually a disgusting human being, and the fact that he has one of the most powerful jobs in the world is really, really concerning.
Your blog header for this post is perfection! 🙂 I couldn’t agree with you more. What a disaster that this country elected that clown. I was watching the news during dinner, and I’m sick about everything that he has planned.
me too, and it honestly just keeps getting worse 😦
YES to everything that you said.
The world is going in such a frightening direction. First Brexit, now Trump. Marine Le Pen is getting more and more followers in France. The world is sliding into this hateful place and calling it empowerment. It’s terrifying and disgusting and I have NO IDEA what to do about it.
so true :(. I’m worried that if France follows in the same direction, it will be the end of Europe as we know it 😦
I know. It’s really frightening.
I feel quite guilty now that for so long I didn’t take these people – Nigel Farage in my country, Trump in the US – seriously. I just thought no one could ever view them as serious political contenders. I was so wrong. UKIP, the scary racist party in the UK who were behind a lot of the worst of the Leave campaign just elected a new leader and I am going to see him as the threatening individual that he is.
i think we’re all a bit guilty of that, because those option sound just so stupid and silly 😦
YES. I have to say i’m still not over Brexit as well. The fact that Trump has said how Farage would be a good UK Ambassador too for them.
Some people didn’t vote for Hilary because she was ‘corrupt’ as they say but for me I believe it was also because she is a woman, women are still not paid the same rate as men so their isn’t equality there is there.
I can’t also fathom how Women too would rather vote for a man who wants to put Abortion Rights back to the states, I feel like they are beginning to go backwards. Women are going to be denied their rights to their own body by having to travel who knows how long?! Will there be the start of back street abortions again, will young girls be dying of diseases because they can’t afford to travel to another state?
I’m trying to reign my rant in so you don’t end up with a big long essay to go through haha, i’ll end on a recommendation. A good documentary you might like is calling the 13th, its about Black Civil Rights but the ending scene features Donald Trump from one of his rallies, you can find the clip for that bit alone on Youtube. Its harrowing to watch to see how his words are exactly the same as they were of those during the Segregation period.
I hope the world can band together and fight against the people saluting him the Nazi sign and help fight for the rights of the minorities within America.
you are absolutely right. I’m scared for the state of the world, and it seems it gets worse with each passing day 😦