My cousin shared this the other day.
Many of my relatives are ardent Trump supporters. The other day, one of them shared this snarky video showing a lot of people predicting that Donald Trump would lose the election. Her comment was, "Who's laughing now?"
Let me go on record as saying I am definitely NOT laughing. I know a lot of people think Donald Trump is actually going to "make America great again." And who knows? Maybe he will pull it off. For the good of the country, I hope he does show us a side that we haven't seen. I hope he does become a president to be proud of, someone who will effect major positive changes for American citizens. Unfortunately, I have not yet seen any evidence whatsoever that Donald Trump even takes being president seriously. In fact, I have my doubts that he even wanted to win the election.
While I'm probably not as worried about the future as a lot of my liberal swinging friends are, I don't think Donald Trump is remotely qualified to be president. I don't understand why Trump supporters aren't more concerned about the fact that he doesn't have any experience at all in government service. They say they like him because he's a businessman and not a career politician. But would you hire a businessman to take out your appendix? Would you hire a businessman to unclog your pipes or install your toilet? Would you hire a businessman to fix your car? Hell, would you hire someone with no relevant experience to manage a McDonald's? I sure wouldn't. It makes no sense that Trump got as far as he did in the first place, although I probably would prefer him to a religious nutjob.
I know it's going to take a lot to fuck up the world. It's survived poisonous leaders in the past. And I'm sure that most of us will survive Trump in the White House. For me, personally, the sky isn't falling. For other people? Who knows?
The other day, I shared an article about a woman in Kentucky who voted for Donald Trump. She didn't realize that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) could be repealed. She and her husband only recently got health insurance thanks to that law and her husband needs a liver transplant. They could lose their health insurance if the Republicans get what a lot of them want. The Republicans are hard at work trying to dismantle the ACA, which I know is an controversial and flawed law. Many people don't like the ACA, even though quite a few Americans have finally been able to get health insurance. I don't think it's a bad idea to try to fix the law and/or refine it so that it works better for everyone. But getting rid of the whole thing, particularly if there is no firm alternative prepared, is a horrible idea for many people. That is a plan that is going to cost lives.
Aside from the fact that Donald Trump is extraordinarily narcissistic and lacks empathy for other people, he's also just plain disgusting. I don't understand how my very Christian and moralizing family members can get behind a man who clearly has no respect for women and brags about grabbing them by the pussy. I can't comprehend how they can be excited about Melania Trump as our first lady, a woman who posed nude in many magazines during her modeling days. This is not to say that I think being nude is anything to be ashamed of. It's more to point out that the Trumps don't exactly line up with my relatives' sanctimonious Bible thumping bullshit. How can they be excited about a man in the White House who has been accused of hiring Russian prostitutes to pee on him? Even if the Russian prostitute scandal turns out to be untrue, it surprises me that they'd want to support anyone who was even accused of such a thing. These are the same people who were outraged when Michelle Obama sported bare arms.
I totally understand that a lot of people didn't want Hillary Clinton as president. I didn't want her in the White House, either. I think she would have been a much better choice than Trump, though. At the very least, she knows how to hide her narcissism and she has relevant experience.
I totally understand that a lot of people in the United States wanted a change. Historically, every eight years or so, the American people vote in the other party. It was time for a Republican president to be elected, at least historically speaking.
What I don't understand is why we had such hideous choices for president on either side of the political spectrum. Why did we (realistically) only have Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to choose from? Aren't there other people in our country who are qualified to lead? I really think it all comes down to who has the most money. Regular people who aren't wealthy could probably never hope to win the White House. That's a shame. It's regular people who are in touch with what other regular people are facing day to day. People like Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump can't really represent most Americans because they aren't regular Americans. But given a choice, I think Mrs. Clinton has more of a clue than Mr. Trump does. And I think that after he's inaugurated, a lot of the people who are asking "Who's laughing now?" will be crying along with those of us who already see potential disaster looming.