When Donald Trump decided to run for president, the whole world thought he was joking. And that’s what it was at first – a joke. But all humor aside, things got serious and of 11/9, he is the President-Elect of the United States of America and I’m sure that most of the world is still in shock. I mean, it was pretty obvious that it would be a close race between Clinton and Trump but almost nobody but him actually thought he would succeed. We were all wrong and have to accept the outcome, if we want to or not.
Yes, I am not American and you may ask yourself why I even care. I care because I am a woman, I’m a friend of the LGBTQ+ community, I have American friends that I care about and I am a human being living in this world. I’ve lived in the States for a few years, I have a Master’s degree in American Studies and I’ve always cared a lot about America. I am a person who loves diversity and celebrates open-mindedness and who is still stunned by the fact that Trump was able to run and actually won. I mean sure, I was aware of the hatred and racism that is still prominent in the US but the actual numbers leave me almost speechless and ashamed. Having been born in a country that has a terrible and hate-driven history myself, I feel deeply sorry for the 47% of Americans who did not sign up for this. Yes, I care and so should everyone else. America is not some small and powerless country, after all.
What I find most disturbing about the outcome of this election, is how many people are scared for their lives in a country that calls itself “the land of the free and the home of the brave” and rightfully so. If you read only through a few accounts on Twitter, you will read stories that sound unbelievable and will break your heart. A girl reported that people had hung a black doll inside an elevator on a college campus. Muslim women are considering taking off their hijab to protect themselves from all the hate. African-American and so many more children are scared to go to school. Hispanics and Latinos are crying because they fear deportation or for this to happen to family members. Women have to listen to men celebrating Trump as president because according to them, it means that they will be allowed to do whatever they want to females. Gay people question if they will be able to openly hold hands with their partners. And all this madness is happening in the 21st century, in a country that used to be considered the leader of the modern world.
This country will now be run by a person who has no political or military experience. He has spread hate and fear from start to finish. Donald Trump has insulted so many people that you can write a whole book by just listing them. He get’s into childish Twitter wars with anyone who dares to utter their anti-Trump opinion and has notoriously presented his racist, homophobic, islamophobic and misogynistic opinions. The new President of the United States was set to go to trial in December for raping a 13-year old girl in 1994, who dropped the lawsuit because of death threats. Not the first time Trump has been accused of sexual assault and rape. Throughout this campaign, he has never once shown respect for women or anyone else but white men. Donald Trump was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan and if that isn’t scary, what is?! And to make things even worse, his Vice President of choice, Mike Pence, is a supporter of conversion therapy for gay people, meaning that they can be cured by electric shock therapy, only to name one of the many, many dehumanizing actions he supports.
So when I take all of this into consideration, it angers me so much how blind and how cruel people are. We are talking about almost 50% of the American people that said YES to these men, who don’t even understand the meaning of humanity. It also angers me that people decided not to vote for either one of the candidates because Clinton and Trump both were not ideal. Tell me one thing: when was a candidate ever 100% perfect? And yes, Hillary has made mistakes in the past but this is a woman who has dedicated all of her adult life to work for the American people, who doesn’t act like a stubborn child, who has respect for people. How could anyone not see that she was the better choice? This election is the best example for how dangerous the American political affiliation is. For most of the people, no matter how awful a candidate is, they cannot vote for the other party and this is just wrong on so many levels. In addition, the electoral college system often prevents the candidate with the most votes to actually win. In a complete democracy where every voice and every vote counts, Hillary Clinton would have become the first female President of the United States.
Unfortunately, what we have all learned from this election is that as a man, you just can’t do wrong, no matter how many mistakes you make or how rude you are. This is the ugly face of misogyny: The most qualified woman loses to a man who isn’t qualified at all. While you need a high degree and years of work experience to get a proper job in this world, apparently you only need a big mouth and money to become President of the United States. So please, don’t ever tell me again that America is the greatest country in the world because if something like this can actually happen, it clearly isn’t. Personally, right now I’m glad not to be in the States anymore. Although I would love to answer stupid questions about Hitler and how something as monstrous as the Holocaust could even happen with: “It only takes one crazy person and a few brainless followers.” And we’re currently talking about modern times and not the 1920s. A few years ago, I actually wrote a post, questioning what we as modern day citizens would do if a situation came up that we only know from history books. Well, I now know what half of America would do and it’s frightening.
Yes, I can accept different opinions. What I can’t accept is hate. I will never understand how women or anyone belonging to a minority group that has been spit on by Trump, could go out and vote for him. I also don’t think everyone should compare this to Brexit because, although heartbreaking for many people, these situations are not the same. I am also scared of a friendship between Trump and Putin and I think that all of a sudden, Kanye West for President doesn’t sound so terrible, anymore. And don’t even get me started on the expensive non-functioning educational system.
I am curious and frightened to see what will happen. Of course, I hope that Donald Trump finds a little humanity inside of him and doesn’t destroy America and the world. This will be very tough for lots of people in the US but I just want you to never forget your own importance, your values and your self-worth.