Lo and behold, it’s happened. The one thing that one half of the USA and the rest of the world couldn’t expect to happen, actually went and happened. Shocker. The Trump has won. So, deal with it. Move on. Progress. That’s what life is – bad things happen and it’s never perfect, but we need to stay focused and not descend in to hysteria.
In the last 48 hours I’ve seen a lot of name calling, claims of misogyny, and claims of bigotry as if these were the only reasons for people voting.
Racism. Sexism. Bigotry. These words are not light, but in a campaign between ‘she’s a woman, so she has to win’ vs ‘he said some impolite words so he must be a bad person’ there was little to distinguish either candidate from corruption, questionable behaviour and odious pasts.
Everything was dragged up. Tax records, miss-sent emails, claims of foreign aid, claims of bribes, claims of sexual abuse, claims of racism, claims of lying under oath, claims of corruption. Some were proven, a lot weren’t, but in all it was a terrible campaign and a wake-up call to many people as it was a campaign, by both, of little focus on policy, and extra concentration on rabble rousing and distortion. Defame, defame, defame. For this, everyone was guilty.
But back to the result, let’s contemplate who is to blame and how this came about.
Many people are so shocked that they can’t get past the point of opening a clear and coherent discussion. This isn’t how you learn. You don’t cry because you don’t get your way and then complain until you get it. You work out why it went wrong and you fix it. That’s how the Left should focus. Grieving? Give me a break. No one has died, no one’s life is on the line and no, Trump is not advocating violence across the nation against any minority or people, so please, don’t claim otherwise.
Simple questions, and I’ve experienced this myself, are met by name calls of racist and/or sexist, just for asking fundamental questions that people don’t have an answer to.
It’s an easy go-to retort. When you don’t understand what someone means or what they’re trying to say or explain, you subvert the focus on to them as a person and defame. Which is exactly what people have done over and over – repeatedly – to the people who voted for Trump. When your only reaction to a group of people who have concerns over immigration is to call them ‘racist’ then it’s a poor and divisive answer and ultimately you have a person like Trump who will come along and monopolise on this.
Legitimate concerns over mass immigration, terrorism, job creation, and focusing on minorities instead of the majority, does not make you a racist, a sexist or a bigot by any sense of the imagination, yet the extreme Left chose to disparage or patronise these worries to the point that they didn’t understand and, it has been proven by Trump’s win, they didn’t try and understand.
Instead of talking about it and discussing policy like adults should, liberals wanted to focus on the language of what Trump said, not what he meant. Soundbites over sensible discussion.
Let’s be clear, I don’t agree with Trump on a whole bunch of things, or Clinton for that matter. I really didn’t have a horse in this race and as a British national, I’m happy I wasn’t given this terrible choice. Trumps running mate, Pence, has some divisive arguments to take control of ‘Pro-choice’ away from women, but please don’t tell me this election result was about gender and race. But he spoke to the people, he didn’t patronise, he promised hard working people in deprived areas that he would be their champion – and the support stuck.
Time and again, with every unflattering or impolite comment – but not illegal – about women, people expected all women to just make their mind up based on that alone. How poor is that logic? Choosing a politician on their politeness or how PC they are is not and has never been anyone’s main issue when choosing someone to vote for and proves again that Clinton and the far Left just didn’t want to understand.
Case in point – 53% of white women voted for Trump. 29% of all Asians voted for Trump. 29% of all Hispanics voted for Trump. 8% of black voters went for Trump, more than Romney had managed in the last election against Obama. Are all these groups self-hating bigots? No, of course not. It’s a ludicrous statement.
Was it about millennials and education? Hardly. Of those with a degree 49% voted Clinton, to 45% to Trump. Not exactly a stinging victory for Hilary. Those studying or hold a Masters? 58% to 37%. Again not exactly a landslide.
Was this about race and gender or educational background? No, and it shouldn’t be skewed this way. It’s just too easy to do that and it gets us nowhere. If all we can muster in our objection to Trump and his supporters is that they are bigots and racists, void of discussion, then we become no better than they are and the world becomes more polarized.
So, what do we do now?
We don’t panic. We don’t let it upset us and we don’t allow people to have that power over us. We have to pick ourselves up and we have to move forwards and open a dialogue that is truly inclusive of all of us, not just extreme liberals.
We have to look past the political correctness of labels and discuss openly problems that everyone has, no matter how trivial or stupid we think it is, because without a doubt, if you dismiss Trump and his supporters as stupid, you strengthen their resilience and you increase their numbers.
This victory was an anti-establishment vote and if the Democrats had been smarter in the first place they would have backed Sanders and given him the chance, but they didn’t listen and so it was proved.
Communication is key. Drop the offended. Don’t get so swayed by bad language and listen to what everyone has to say and make the world a more inclusive place to be.