I voted for Hillary Clinton, and Hillary Clinton lost. In a normal election, I might feel a small range of emotions about that and move on. But what people who are not sad about this election don’t seem to understand is that for people who supported Hillary Clinton, or for people who just opposed Donald Trump, this was not a normal election.

Like any election, this election was about policy, but it wasn’t just about policy. If Trump makes a sudden reversal right now on several policies he pledged on the campaign trail to enact, and if he does not appoint to his cabinet the people he’s reported to have tapped, and if he goes on the air and says, “I ran a racist campaign, I sexually abused women and then I called them liars for reporting my actions, and I fostered a culture of racism, sexism, and fear in this country that’s unprecedented in the modern age,” it wouldn’t change the grief that this moment holds for a large percentage of the American electorate, and I want to explain, from my perspective, why.

We now live in a country where 47% of us voted for a man who pledged to block Muslims from entering the country, who said there’s no such thing as racism anymore, who called Mexicans who crossed the border illegally rapists and murderers, who sexually objectified the first female presidential nominee, who bragged about sexually assaulting women, who called 12 women who claimed to be sexually assaulted by him liars, who so regularly didn’t pay his contractors that law firms that formerly represented him in those cases later sued him for their unpaid fees…the list goes on an on. Half of us wanted Donald Trump to be president over Hillary Clinton.

I know some of you reading this believe that Hillary Clinton is a murderer, that she callously disregarded (at best) the lives of the soldiers at Benghazi, that she hates America and everything it stands for, that she wants to repeal the second amendment, that she wants it to be legal to kill babies, and that everything that comes out of her mouth is a lie. For the people reading this who are in that camp, I’m not asking you to change your mind about her. I’m just asking you to listen to why this is painful for people who are not you.

Casting a vote for Trump meant at best that you thought his rhetoric and actions were not disqualifying for the highest office in the country. And for many of us on the other side of this thing, that vote was personal. We heard what he said, and we heard you support him.

To the people who have been posting, tweeting, and saying that God is in control, I want to explain something else. Yes, people feel grief and fear about the future because of this election (and I wouldn’t lead with that even if it were the only reaction). But people also feel grief and hurt about what has already happened. People have already spoken by electing Donald Trump, and for a lot of us who didn’t vote for him, the message it delivered was painful.



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3 responses to “Trump

  1. cb030

    The problem with protesters is not the election but the elected person. They do not want Trump for president. Many Trump voters are saying things like this: “I don’t understand Trump protesters. In 20018, I didn’t like Obama and I didn’t vote for him and when he won the election, I just moved on and lived with that for 8 years, this is how a democracy works”.

    This is a pretty bad comparison, because Obama is NOT a bigot, sexist, racist, fascist and p*ssy-graber. Obama as a candidate and as the elected president had moral solvency that Trump does not have. If Trump had moral solvency we wouldn’t have these protesters on the streets.

    The Republican party failed to find and support a candidate with moral solvency. They failed to see that ONLY a great person can make America great again. Certainly, Donald Trump is not such a great person for that job.

    We are talking in here of the highest office in the country and the person elected for such office represents the American people to the world, and protesters do not want to be represented by a man without moral solvency.

    So, it is not about a “get-a-life-and-move-on thing”, these people are demanding a better leader for this country. The fact that Trump voters do not mind his lack of moral solvency does not grant him such.

  2. Hey Sarah,

    For the record . . . I wrote in a candidate and I was certain this person had ZERO chance of winning. Some would say I threw away my vote, but, as a Christian, I couldn’t bring myself to vote for either Trump or Clinton, even in a “lesser of evils” sort of way. Because every time we reduce it to the “lesser of evils” we give both parties permission to lower the bar even further!

    I hear the voices of those who are on the bottom of the heap and feel like nobody cares. I truly get that. But, if they’d look around they’d see that they’ve been joined at the bottom by a LOT of other people of all persuasions, and the grand experiment of the past 8 years ISN’T WORKING.

    For the record . . . I don’t hate either candidate. I’m neither a fan of their personalities nor approving of their pasts, but I don’t hate them. What I find amazing is that virtually every complaint that the supporter of one candidate could hurl at a supporter of the other is duplicated in their own candidate (and sometimes in their own mirror). The same people who accuse others of bigotry against people of color are willing to generalize about “uneducated white” people or rednecks or whatever. The same people who scream about intolerance are . . . screaming . . . at people because those other people have differing opinions. The one’s who say they “reject hate” are hurling the F bomb, going on endless rants, and burning the images of the “hater.” (Uhhh. Am I the only one who finds this hypocritical?) The same people who say that lives matter, or that all children deserve a future . . . only mean it when it applies to their group or when it applies to those lucky enough to have escaped an abortion. The same people who say the allegations of sexual misconduct of one are despicable and to be remembered forever are the same people who are willing to overlook the fact that their candidate is accused of intimidating those who allege sexual misconduct against her spouse. . . . Add to that “rich person who’s out of touch,” driven by ambition, elitist, etc. In my view both candidates have done bad stuff, said wrong things, missed the mark.

    What I don’t get is the willingness to allow such an uneven application of “truth”–simply because people think it will benefit them.

    My “candidate” didn’t win . . . but I AM willing to give Mr. Trump a chance to rise to the occasion. That’s the standard set by open-minded people, isn’t it?

    • Sarah

      Terry, I hope Trump becomes a good president. This has nothing to do with that at all. I don’t even know what to say to people equating the two – if you think that at this point, it doesn’t seem worth arguing with you.

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