Like most of you, I’m still kind of in a state of shock. If we’re going to apply the stages of grief to this election, and I think we might as well at this point, I’m still in denial. I don’t even think I was this shocked when Gore lost to Bush and that was the most confusing election of my lifetime. But it wasn’t as surprising considering that every single major poll in this election had Clinton ahead nationally and gave her a pretty safe margin of victory. Nate Silver took a lot of heat for even giving Trump a 30% chance of victory in the last week. Nate turned out being wrong also, but his model did show that North Carolina and Florida were shaky. (He didn’t predict the Great Lakes states to be so precarious however.)
The scariest part of last night started happening around 9:30pm, when NC, FL and VA were in flux. Then the damn NY Times dashboard went from a 80% Clinton Likely Victory to a 90% Trump Likely Victory. That was probably the time when Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania started getting close. I can’t remember exactly because everything started happening in slow motion by then and my brain stopped braining.
The worst part about this day is once we get over the shock of a Trump Presidency, we’re left with the next question. Now what? Trump has made a lot of very scary promises; the wall, tests for muslims, Obamacare going out the window, pulling out of NATO, defunding Planned Parenthood, abortion bans, and these are just the things off the top of my head. I haven’t even gotten to Attorney General Rudy Guiliani or Secretary of State Newt Gingrich or whatever prizes he has carved out for his rabid supporters. I haven’t yet given thought to the deplorables who came out of the woodwork to vote for the most misogynistic, xenophobic, racist, homophobic candidate in my lifetime. And there’s no doubt about that. Other GOP candidates have used dog whistles to signal to the lowest forms in their party but Trump has used a bullhorn.
So where do we go from here? Nothing looks good at the moment. The GOP will control the House, the Senate, and the Presidency (not that Trump will be able to be controlled by the GOP establishment but I don’t think they’re going to stand in his way about anything). It feels like everything we have fought hard for over the past 8 years will go up in smoke. I wish I could be more optimistic but I think the next four years is going to be a shameful time in our history. Trump has made it crystal clear who he really is during the campaign and I don’t think giving him the Presidency will make him a better person. There may be a lot of people who are going to be hurt through his thoughtless words and soon to be actions. We need to speak out and let our voices be heard now more than ever. It’s the only thing we have left for the moment. We lost the election but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.
Donald Trump surrogate and former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault said that the Republican nominee would keep a list of his fellow party members who voted against him.
“It’s so great our enemies are making themselves clear so that when we get in to the White House, we know where we stand,” she told the Independent Journal Review at Trump’s election night party in Manhattan.
A number of prominent Republicans, including Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), publicly announced that they did not cast ballots for Trump, after denouncing him for months.
“If [Graham] felt his interests was with that candidate, God bless him,” Omarosa told IJR. “I would never judge anybody for exercising their right to and the freedom to choose who they want. But let me just tell you, Mr. Trump has a long memory and we’re keeping a list.”