It has been a week and a half since my country’s stubborn use of the Electoral College has elected Donald Trump as President of the United States. (Hillary Clinton, as of this writing, has beaten Donald Trump by 1.5 million votes nationwide) If we’re applying the stages of grief to this shit show, I’ve been through the anger, bargaining, and denial parts, and now am in a state of depression with waves of anger still washing over me. And I’m not sure how any reasonable person could feel otherwise. For example, after President Trump’s (It’s not official yet but it’s basically a formality so you better get used to swallowing that title down with some sort of ethyl alcohol for assistance) Twitter tirade yesterday over Hamilton (Mike Pence had a different take FWIW), Trump woke up from his hideously gaudy golden bed (I’m not even kidding about this) and decided that his hissy fit wasn’t over and renewed his attack on the cast of Hamilton:
And then for good measure, also chastised Saturday Night Live with this tweet:
But wait, there’s more! A President of the United States who throws tantrums and attacks a comedy show and a wildly popular Broadway musical is pretty bad, especially given Trump’s appetite for revenge.
Then you have the fact that Trump is meeting with business partners who are currently building a Trump-branded hotel in Mumbai. What about that blind trust? You know, the one that you’re going to let your kids run to avoid a conflict of interest. Oh, wait, is that Ivanka sitting with your son in-law in a meeting with the Japanese Prime minister? And this is all after having to shell out $25 million in a settlement for running some scheme that he has labeled as a “University”.
So, no, I will not be giving Trump a chance when he becomes President. The United States of America has just elected a fascist, racist, misogynist, homophobic, xenophobic, internet troll as its leader. He’s President 4chan.
And yes, we will have him for at least four years. I keep hearing things like:
He’s going to get bored and get tired of the work and resign at some point.
Really? An egomaniac who puts his name on planes, buildings, casinos, steaks, vodka, board games, clothes, water, “universities”, magazines, golf courses and whatever the else that I surely missed, who thinks of himself as some sort of emperor is not going to give up the most powerful position on Earth because he’s bored.
But won’t he get tired of doing all that work?
Oh, of course. He will try to run his presidency the way he runs his businesses. Circle himself with sycophants and anybody else who has suckled at his tiny fingers during the campaign and delegate all the real work to them while he works on giving his skin that certain jack o’lantern glow.
But he will probably be impeached.
This could happen because the GOP paid a big price for the civil war that happened within its ranks during the election cycle and lost both the House and the Senate. Oh, no wait, despite the GOP doing everything in its power to destroy itself, it ended up winning the Presidency, the House, and the Senate. So, I wouldn’t be expecting an impeachment no matter what happens the next four years.
But the GOP likes Pence better than Trump so they may impeach to get their establishment guy Wait, are you pinning your hopes to a Pence Presidency? And it’s still not going to happen. My guess is that Pence will have a fairly expanded role in the Trump Administration as it is. And at the moment, most of Trump’s plans are in line with the GOP’s agenda anyway so they’ll be fine with Trump having his conflict of interests and twitter tantrums. It’s not like the GOP has had good luck going up against him to this point anyway.
So what do we do now?
I have no idea. We are in uncharted waters here. At least in my lifetime. If either Romney or McCain had beaten Obama, I would have been upset but not as frightened. Upset because they do not share my agenda on most levels. But at least they seemed like, well, adults. Trump is a loose cannon who lets the smallest of criticism get to him and he doesn’t let it go. That’s a very scary trait to have when being overly criticized is in the damn job description and you have the nuclear codes.