I almost didn’t write a little something about yesterday-I felt too depressed quite frankly-but in the end I was compelled to.
Donald Trump being elected president was not a shock, I’ve seen it coming for weeks now, but it was still very perturbing. I’ve spent the last year telling people it would not happen because even in America, people would not be so foolish. But then, in the last month, when I saw that people seemed totally not bothered by his appalling performances in the debates, it hit me that he was going to win. And he did —God help us all.
People apparently wanted “change”, and apparently they wanted it at all costs. So they turned to an ignorant buffoon to deliver that change because even taking huge steps backwards is better than staying put, apparently.
Even if we ignore the fact Trump mocked the disabled, the fact he wanted to “punch people in the face”, the fact he thinks climate change is an “hoax”, that bloody freaking WALL he wants to build, the way he talks about women and just about everyone else really…even if we forget about the fact he’s a stupid, easily enraged narcissist, how can people think he is capable of leading their country after watching the debates or his rallies?
The man never once replied to a question about policies or issues. Never. He rambled, he raved, he was incoherent, he made personal attacks, he boasted…but he NEVER once showed that he knew what he was talking about, that he knew what he was doing.
This was obvious to anyone with at least half a brain…and yet, they elected him. They say the average working class voter embraced Trump because they saw Hillary as ‘entitled’ but…how can a privileged billionaire who built his empire partly with the sweat of workers he never paid be mistaken for the people’s champion?!
It just doesn’t make any sense. Trump’s appalling treatment of anyone who’s ever worked for him is well documented.
There is this English man I personally know, he’s lived in New York for over 20 years and worked with Trump on some project at some point in the last decade. Since the courts were involved, I can’t go into specifics… but what I can do is tell you that said English guy has spent the last year telling everyone who would listen that Trump is a thoroughly unpleasant human being in more ways than one. There are countless other stories of the kind, it’s all out there.
The people’s champion? Please.
People felt Hillary couldn’t be trusted, and I don’t blame them, but how could they think Trump was in any way, shape or form trustworthy?!
He’s a bully and a narcissist, he’s totally inexperienced, he is ignorant, he is too stupid to learn, he lies and he doesn’t care about anyone but himself. And he’s now the president of the United States.
It beggars belief and it pains me to say it, but times like yesterday is when I question democracy.
Why should people be entitled to vote when they are uninformed, stupid and so easily deceived?
All we can do now is hope that whoever he surrounds himself with will be at least half-way qualified and able to rein him in. When one thinks of the damage Trump could do in the States and internationally…well, one can’t think about it for too long for fear of losing all hope altogether.
What a year 2016 has been. It sometimes feels like humanity is hell-bent on self-destructing.
Image Credit: Paul Noth for The New Yorker.