Thoughts On President-Elect Trump

Yesterday, we elected the most dangerous U.S. presidential candidate in modern history to the most powerful office in the world.

Donald Trump—a lifelong racist who wants to deport 11 million people on the grounds that Mexicans are “criminals and rapists,” ban Muslims from entering the United States, and appoint right-wing Supreme Court justices to overturn the decisions supporting marriage equality and women’s reproductive rights—will be our next president.

Trump’s entire campaign has revolved around bigotry. Us vs. them. Make America Great Again is a dog whistle slogan for white supremacy. Whatever minority group you happen to hate—black people, LGBTs, Mexicans, Muslims—Trump’s got you covered. And beneath the crunchy outer layer of hate is an ooey-gooey center of gross incompetence: no concrete policy positions, a long history of bankruptcies and monumental failures, and a lack of scientific literacy.

Today I’ve heard from more than a few people who fear for their rights and personal safety in Trump’s America. Children are being bullied. African Americans are being harassed. Gay people and Muslims are being violently attacked. Young women are being taught that a man can brag about committing sexual assault and then become fucking president.

If you voted for Donald Trump, you voted for racism, misogyny, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and ignorance. Anyone who supports these ideals is fundamentally unwelcome in my life. Knowingly supporting a hateful white supremacist candidate who threatens the rights and safety of people I care about is a massive character flaw—one I will not tolerate. It’s not about politics—it’s about human decency. Supporting Donald Trump is indefensible.

By electing this guy, we’ve sent a clear message to women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and the LGBT community: you don’t matter.

In the aftermath of this disastrous election, it’s time for all of us to boldly stand up and let them know that they do matter. Complacency is no longer an option—we have just given ultimate power to a vengeful megalomaniac, and we cannot sit back and watch while he destroys everything that makes this country great.