We’re all in trouble – bigly.

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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.

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62 thoughts on “We’re all in trouble – bigly.

  1. Awful news, but, to me, not the least bit surprising. Poorly educated, angry white males do not a good electorate make. How a spoiled-rotten, arrogant brat of a person is seen as a “good” thing for the struggling poor of America is evidence of how poor our education system here truly is. Republicans spent decades building up their base of deplorables and that base has delivered us Trump. Born into millions, given everything he’s he’s ever wanted and taught to think that if he thinks it, it simply is true-he’s a 70 year old baby. And now, as his rattle, the baby has a country, and a world, to shake up and puke on. And he will. I’m sickened, afraid, outraged, and ashamed of my country.

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    1. Yes, as usual you’ve hit the nail on the head: education is what it’s all about.
      That people are unable to see the fact Trump’s ramblings are the equivalent to a drunk mumbling in his beer at 4am says it all.

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  2. I know and agree on all counts. It’s shocking and depressing, and I know we as a country are going to rue the day. Women, minorities, and the poor will get hit harder than anyone ever imagined, and I’m sorry to say it, but I think the damage is going to spread beyond our borders. Tuesday was a dire day for the whole world.

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      1. Karin, I just read your post and the subsequent comment. Are you really surprised though that anyone supporting Trump should speak to you in such a manner? That was a vile comment but totally worthy of Trump and his supporters.

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      2. It sounded as misogynistic as Trump but in truth? I was more surprised that the commenter is (presumably) Canadian and the degree of vitriol with which he responded to two memes. I barely typed two sentences! That he was so intent on ramming his opinion down my throat as to start spewing venom on a different thread makes me seriously afraid for anyone who would consider hiring him as the “Life Coach” he purports to be.

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      3. Yes, I agree. Anybody is allowed to disagree with you but they don’t have to be that mean and spiteful about it. I’ve recently had this problem on my blog (again!) when somebody made nasty personal attacks for no good reason. From what I saw on your blog, there’s no way this guy can be a life coach. You know, it’s funny but I always used to think that only the uneducated and the stupid could spew hate and so on but recently I’ve had someone who seems to be genuinely interested and knowledgeable when it comes to art and culture and yet, he turned into a disgusting person when commenting on my blog…he made no sense and was offensive, acted like gutter scum…I guess people will never cease to amaze me.

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      4. Karin, it has been my experience that the more “wrong” a person is, the more vitriol is their response. I am sorry you experienced this, but, don’t be hurt, be determined, be calmly determined that someday good will prevail over evil intentions. Have persistence and fortitude and keep telling your truth. Remember, a lie is ever a lie until it is assumed to be truth because good people allow the lie to go unchallenged. And, that is how Trump was elected. Not enough people challenged his lie.

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  3. Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand! Men of the West!

    Honestly, We will hold fast together and we will get through all of this.

    We must not despair…we must not give in to wanting to throw our hands up and quit. There are things we can do. Americans with heart and with conviction can continue to be the same hard working, kind hearted people they have always been.

    I honestly refuse to lose heart. and this president, the same as many many many presidents before him….no more represents me than does a stranger passing on the street.

    I’ll continue to take people one at a time…judge them for who they are and what they do…and I ask, nope, DEMAND, that others do the same for me.

    America is far more than her President.

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    1. Oh, how I love this speech! I think this is why LOTR is my favourite book ever, because it’s all about hope and not giving in to evil. It’s about the courage of men in the face of terrible things. Well, that and the fact it’s insanely beautifully written.
      You are right, Eric. Yesterday was a day of mourning for me, and others, but today we must look forward, we must hope and carry on trying to be as brave and heroic as we can possibly be. It is not the end until we lay face down on the ground, it is not the end until we give up.

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  4. It shakes one’s faith in humanity -this outcome. An election has never given rise to such an undignified, unqualified, unhinged candidate. I for one, never imagined it would get to this. This will be a true test of the checks and balances, but I’m not optimistic. My half-joking around before about emigration? Seems more and more like a good idea…

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    1. I know, I used to go on and on about Bush Junior, proclaiming at the time that nobody as stupid and unqualified would ever get elected president again…how I have to eat my words now that somebody WORSE is the new POTUS. I have a good idea of how you feel, yesterday was incredibly depressing for me but at least I’m not actually there! My brother is though, and his American fiancée messaged me yesterday to ask half-jokingly if they could come and move in with me. I’m feeling this is, to a lesser degree, a replica of the pre-second world war Germany when the intuitive Germans and Jews started fleeing after Hitler’s swift rise to power…

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      1. I don’t either. I might possibly be able to fathom overlooking one’s personal character if his/her ideas were sound, but he has no ideas – at least none that are even remotely sane…

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      2. That was the point of this post: that I could understand some people (although I personally couldn’t) overlooking his character if he was otherwise capable of leading the country…but he isn’t.

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  5. Meg, I am a white, heterosexual male. I am worried about my safety now more than ever. The hate that Trump has exposed is real and does not feel the least bit of restraint now. Yes, people wanted change, That is all they could see. Eight years ago, we elected the first black president and this year we have elected a man who will lead us backwards into history to repeat those mistakes we were supposed to learn from.

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    1. I hear you, Emilio…. We should ALL be afraid of the world Trump will deliver. I simply meant that he represents a bygone era of the old guard who want life to back to the way it was in ‘the good old days’, where white men ruled and women and minorities knew their place. He is good for no one. All the progress that has been made, like you and Nathalie said, has been set back by decades.

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  6. I can appreciate how you are feeling today because I felt the sane after BREXIT. I just knew the ‘pull out’ side would win and yes you have a point should stupid people be allowed to vote when they’re taken in by all the peddled lies, for that’s what they were, every promise has been broken, and I could see it coming. Here’s a parallel to you Country, our ‘Exit side’ was led by an Ex TV celebrity, people confused his witty avuncular comic exterior with that of an upper class ‘toff’ with a Right Wing racist agenda, TV is to blame for BREXIT perhaps TV’s has helped Trump? Btw the politician of which I speak is Boris Johnson, look out for him, he’s the new Foreign Secretary and he’ll be calling by soon. Stay strong, I feel for you. 🙂

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      1. I’m not offended at all, don’t worry! I’m very pleased you took the time to read AND comment, so thank *you* 🙂 It is entirely my fault: the way I wrote this, anybody would think I’m American 😉

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    1. I agree with all of it. I was devastated by Brexit, Trump said he would win and that his victory would be Brexit +++ and he was absolutely right. It IS the same kind of thing: Boris Johnson is seen as an underdog here although he’s a from a privileged background and he only led the Leave campaign to serve his own agenda and further his own ambitions. Brexit happened here because a few idiots stirred feelings of resentment and outright hate and…too many people were not informed and voted as such.

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  7. As I mentioned to someone earlier what the marketers/political strategists have figured out is that in a two party system you don’t have to be better than your opponent, or even know what you are doing, you just have to convince the electorate that your opponent is more evil than you are.
    Look, we can say what we want about his crassness, self-aggrandizing, and vulgarity; maybe it’s legit, maybe it’s an act, or probably a bit of both. Bottom line, he’s a good salesman, a great bullshit artist, and because he’s a better liar than her, he convinced the country not to give her the job.
    All I can say is, America I hope you enjoy your snake oil because you just bought a four-year supply.
    Personally I’ll take my democracy in a multi-party parliamentary style please; it forces the extreme factions to tone it down, compromise, and work from common ground.
    *Drops mic and steps down from his soapbox*

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    1. It’s like being in a court of Law, isn’t it? It’s not about who’s guilty or not, not about who’s right or not, it’s about which side tells the best-or most credible-story.
      I agree that the two party system is flawed, surely nobody will argue against that fact now after this loathsome result.
      I’m glad you stepped on that soapbox and took the mic, it was worth it 😉

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  8. It’s so very disturbing Nathalie, to realize that so many people are consumed with a rabid fear and hatred that they are sucked into the hate speech of this little prick of a dictator. How ignorant are we? it sickens me that this buffoon has with a boots blow allowed the most despicable elements in our society to crawl from the woodwork. I am exhausted from the diatribes of his “followers”, the praise of Putin and David Duke, the former grand dragon of the KKK, who he failed to renounce until pressured by his also abominable party constituents. The fact that he will nominate to the supreme court is terrifying, a lifetime sentence for us. Thank you for the fine article, Don’t give up on the US, Hillary did get the popular vote which I think should be the deciding vote not the electoral college that can be manipulated. Stillto, this is the nightmare we face, I hope it does not turn out, putting it mildly, “bad”

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    1. Thank *you*, Holly for your comment. I haven’t given up on the US, I’m well aware that Trump or his followers don’t represent the US as a whole. Only time will tell how far reaching the consequences of this result are…for the US and the rest of the world. 4 years isn’t that long, but it’s long enough…we will see, we can only hope.

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  9. I’m still holding on to my hope,to my optimism
    The fighter in me that still believes that
    There still is away even if they are saying
    No you can’t. I’ve lived that way my whole life
    People shaking their heads and pointing their
    Fingers,and if I still have to deal with that
    So be it, I did my part to stop the madness
    But be dam if I will live under someone else’s thumb
    The Sheldon Perspective

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    1. Well, there is a way. The electoral college had not confirmed Trump. The review all for 40 days and the final count on Dec. 9th. I joined a petition to congress that will be heard if we have 100,000 people sign the petition. Go to https://whitehouse.gov and sign up. We will be heard and that is the most important thing. We just keep being persistent and determined. Don’t give up ever. It is when good people give up that evil wins.

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  10. Trump’s followers are a cult, and he is their leader.
    As a Canadian, I have been telling all my friends to start saving their money for the wall he will want to build between Canada and the U.S., and that he will insist Canadian’s pay for.
    I’m sad to find out that less than 50% of Americans voted. They may not care about their country or the rest of the world, but many of us who are not American care about America, our countries and the world.

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    1. A cult, that’s a good analysis actually.
      I’m with you on the fact that so few Americans voted, it’s a real shame because it was after all a presidential election. The “right” to vote is something that was fought for…yet a lot of people clearly don’t care about this.

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      1. “The “right” to vote is something that was fought for…yet a lot of people clearly don’t care about this.”
        Especially, it seems to me, young people. They’re progressives, but are filled with apathy and indifference when it comes to their civic responsibility to vote. This time they’re going to get bit in the ass because of it. It is very sad and disappointing that this is so.

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      2. Yes, the young don’t bother and that’s not just in the US but in Europe as well. It is ridiculous because they are the ones who are going to be around he longest to feel to full implications of what is happening.
        I feel young people only make the effort to go out and vote if they feel truly inspired, that they “move” for a charismatic leader. I think Bernie would have motivated people to cast a vote, I think Bernie had the potential to make a hell of a difference to this election but…no point debating it now I suppose.
        Still, the fact there was nobody inspiring people to vote is no excuse for not voting.

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  11. I wish that I felt even a tiny little bit of hope that this isn’t an all-out reason to despair. Unfortunately, I don’t and my despair is all I have to offer you.

    The man’s opinions and behaviour – both past and present – are repulsive. So far the people he plans to surround himself with aren’t much better.

    As your title says “we’re all in trouble bigly”.

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      1. Ah, tu n’habites pas Londres? Curieux, j’aurais imaginé que oui. Nous sommes passés à Brighton il y a deux ans. Il y avait un Zef! (Chuis pas sûr que ce ne soit pas de l’argot familial. Un vent d’enfer!) Couvre-toi bien. 🙂

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