I hadn’t planned on writing a post today, but then again I hadn’t planned on waking up to the news that Donald Trump had been elected president of the United States. But there you go. With that same logic I’d also like to point out that I don’t usually like to write about politics because I feel rather underqualified, but hey, if Trump can do it, so can I.
I guess I just feel like it’s too big an event not to talk about. I can’t quite express how I’m feeling about it yet because it just doesn’t seem real. I have the same sick feeling of dread that I felt the day after the Brexit vote, but somehow much worse. I live in the UK so some might say it doesn’t concern me, but really it concerns everyone. Donald Trump has just been elected to be the leader of arguably the most powerful country in the world. Donald Trump. Try to let it sink in for a bit. Ten years ago you might have seen him as just a joke, an idiot, a rich, superficial celebrity. But now we know he is so much more and so much worse than that. He is sexist, islamophobic, racist, classist and ableist amongst many, many other awful things.
He doesn’t even slightly care if his words offend someone, only now it’s not just his words that are dangerous. He will be in charge of how the USA is run, the laws, it’s relationships with other countries. His words are the last thing we should be worried about now. He is going to have access to nuclear codes. And as President Obama so perfectly put it when Trump’s campaign took away his twitter account, “…if your closest advisers don’t trust you to tweet then how can we trust him with the nuclear codes?”. Seriously? How can he be trusted with anything of any importance if he can’t even handle a twitter account? It’s scary.
But aside from feeling scared of an uncertain and unstable future, what I mainly feel right now is sadness. I feel sad for my Latin-American family living in the US. I feel sad when I think about whether or not my Muslim friends will ever get to visit the states. I feel sad for the LGBT+ community, for African Americans, people with disabilities-anyone who could ever possibly be seen as ‘different’. I feel sad thinking of how far we had come as a society, how far, America had come and how far back they’ve gone now. How can it be that after eight years of an African American President, the USA will now have a Racist president, endorsed by the KKK? It just doesn’t seem real yet.
I’ve recently started watching Black Mirror on Netflix and to be perfectly honest, today feels like I’m just living through one of their episodes. It feels like there will be a twist at the end of the day, like this was all just a social experiment, a prank. I literally feel like we are slowly edging into a dystopian future and it’s going to be really hard to get out of it.
I don’t know how to end this on a positive note because I really don’t know what the future holds now, but I suppose it’s important to say that no matter what happens, people have to stick together. Don’t give up, there’s still hope, although it might not feel like it. It’s okay to feel sad or angry or hurt, but hopefully this is not the end, but rather just a difficult stage we have to go through.
So that’s just my take on things. I have so many other thoughts about it jumbled up in my brain but I just haven’t had the energy to go through them all because I know I’d just get even angrier. You don’t have to agree with anything I’ve said, it’s just my opinion, but hopefully some of you who do feel the same as me know you’re not alone and there are so many other people feeling exactly the same way.
Thanks for reading.