November 9th 2016
Today Donald Trump was elected by the American people as the 45th President of the United States.
As a pale as pale, middle class straight white male separated from him by the world’s second largest ocean, this decision does not probably directly affect me, but I can’t help but be angry about it.
I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed.
When I woke up on the morning it was announced that the people of the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union I had the same thing. Not anger, just disappointment.
It’s disappointing to wake up and realise that you live in a country where 52% of people disagree with your beliefs.
In America it’s even worse, because actually – somehow – Hillary Clinton got more votes than Donald Trump, but because of the way the US Electoral system works it conspired that getting more votes = losing the race.
As a side note, it’s weird that it’s called a presidential ‘race’ when the two competitors finish their campaigns at the exact same time – when the vote is announced. The only presidential race I want to consider is this photo of Obama helping a kid with an Egg and Spoon race.
Although I guess, in the end, that’s what it came down to… isn’t it?
It’s not a difference in opinions over which candidate provided the most well-rounded and thought through solution to the $16 trillion in national debt, or the 46 million American’s living in poverty.
It was about race.
Not all Trump voters are racists, but all racists are Trump voters.
Admittedly I didn’t closely follow the election, and I didn’t follow the build up to Brexit – heck, I didn’t even vote, so I can’t really say anything, but were there actually any relevant and important policy discussions? Or was it just about who could shout the loudest, incite the biggest reaction from a crowd, and get the most retweets on their ‘SLAY QUEEN AND/OR DADDY AF’ digs at their opponent?
#MakeAmericaGreatAgainButDontAskMeHowIPlanOnDoingThat doesn’t have the same ring to it.
You wake up with the realisation that not everyone thinks the same way as you do. And it’s mind boggling. But that’s democracy, right?
It’s democracy that literally more people wanted, and thus voted, for Hillary to be President but she still lost?
It’s democracy that only just over 25% of eligible voters voted for Trump, but he won.
Because it’s a vote decided by the people, it’s just a shame that people are such dickheads.
And don’t criticise the non-voters, because if we are to assume that the turnout of voters represents the entire population, then you’d expect the same result if everyone showed up to the polls. If 100 million people vote and Trump wins, then you’re taking that to a subset of the population, and thus the population has decided. If 200 million people vote, you’d expect the same result, right?
And 52% of people think the same way that he does.
And that’s just… disappointing.
Was it the working class rising up against the elite? Or was it silent racism.
Was it the commoner standing against Washington? Or was it bigotry and hate?
Whatever it was, it’s here to stay.
Until tomorrow, it’s only going to get worse.