No, Debra. I get what you are saying. And I agree with every word you used to describe Trump’s behavior.
What I’m saying is that IF Trump is planning some sort of ethnic cleansing reminiscent of the Holocaust, the first thing he would do is to create some sort of nationwide event, or issue, in order to divide us. What I’m saying is that if Trump really does have nefarious plans to destroy us, rather than him just being a total fucking idiot asshole, then having the “parties” condemn one another, so that we can no longer trust our neighbors (and I know, some marginalized groups already could not trust their neighbors), and we see the world in black and white; us and them; is exactly what he would want.
If he is who you say he is (and I believe that is entirely possible), then I think it’s important to recognize the reality that it would be mostly those who voted him in because they share his disordered thinking and xenophobic outlook and racist philosophies who would willingly follow him down that road. And I just don’t believe that every person who voted for him does.
Additionally, I’ve read plenty of opinions, from both sides of the fence. And what I read on the other side IS EXACTLY THE SAME as I’m reading right here.
I’m not saying that the things you said about Trump are also true for Clinton. I’m only saying that THEY BELIEVE THOSE THINGS ARE TRUE FOR CLINTON.
So, as emotional a reaction as you’re having over here, someone else is having over there, for the same reasons, about the other candidate. Would you expect THAT person to change their vote? There are many, many people who are just as scared of Hillary Clinton as we are of Donald Trump.
Are they wrong? Well, *I* think so. I think that the media outlets tailor their reporting strategies to achieve maximum shock value on both sides of the fence. I think we’ve been lied to immeasurably. I think that Donald Trump was very transparent in showing us who he is, and I think anyone who still saw him as a viable candidate after that is a fucking idiot. Do I think every one of them is a bad person deserving of punishment? No. Some of them? Without a doubt. Unfortunately, for the most part, we won’t ever know who those people are. They were racist assholes before the election, and they’ll be racist assholes long after. With or without a Trump presidency.
I understand the fear that’s attached to knowing that people like that might now feel protected from being held accountable for doing and saying terrible things to POC and women. I’m TERRIFIED.
I want to find out where my neighbors stand, so that I know who to steer completely clear of, and who is still a port in the storm if trouble befalls us. I don’t feel safe alienating half of all Americans.
The fact is, they did NOT commit a crime. They followed the American voting regulations that pertain to electing the President of the United States. They had two choices with the potential to take the seat. If they found one deplorable, the only other choice they had was the other one.
I would NEVER have voted for Hillary Clinton in an election against anyone with ANY positive attributes. My hand was forced.
WHAT *I* HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM WITH IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE NO STOPGAP IN PLACE THAT GIVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SOMEONE WHO HAS NOT COMPLETED CERTAIN PREREQUISITES OR REQUIREMENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
Donald Trump should have NEVER been allowed to throw his hat in the ring in the first place.
Maybe Hillary shouldn’t have either.
What’s unforgivable; what’s reprehensible, is that a person wholly unqualified to lead our country decided he wanted to do just that, and we had NOTHING in place to stop him.