President Trump?

President Trump?

She is an experienced, professional, strong-willed, articulate, yet flawed candidate who at times lacks transparency (think: those emails) and can come across like an Ice Queen. He is an orange, elitist, entitled, islamophobic, sexist, xenophobic, race-baiter, prone to temper tantrums. He also has a gross sense of self-importance and sports stupid hair. On the scale of lesser evils, #imstillwithher

I try to remain apolitical because politics and sharing your political views can get very messy very fast. But this is my blog and I reserve the right to wax philosophical if I am so inclined. If you disagree, be kind in the comments or just move along. Cause you’re mature like that.

I have been thinking of the outcome of the US elections and how it weighs heavily on my heart. I’m shocked. I will ponder this for a while until it makes sense to me. I did not see this coming. It just seems hard to digest the fact that someone who is so inflammatory, offensive, divisive, angry and downright rude, could become the leader of the ‘free world’ (whatever that even means). Brexit should have taught me to expect anything.

So, America and the world braces for President Trump. Among many, there’s much cause for concern.  It is understandable. If the way he conducted himself during the campaign is indicative of how he’ll deal with matters of trade, security, and international relations, and if he persists with his exclusionary and poisonous rhetoric, I feel, each global citizen should be concerned. We should all be praying. Not just for Trump and America, but for all our leaders. We must ask that wisdom and grace be bestowed upon them in generous portions, for it is we, the people that reel from their decisions.

Elections

All democratic elections tell a story, no matter the outcome. And in this, the people spoke. Trump is their choice and this, I feel, is perhaps most telling. Why? Because he speaks for and represents the people who feel the ways he feels and always wanted to say and do the things he isn’t afraid to. He is their brave, vocal hero and their collective voice.

They came for Trump (or perhaps against Hilary) and they came hard. They spoke. What he calls locker room banter is how many of them feel about their right to access a woman’s body. His ridicule of a disabled reporter reflects what many secretly feel about the disabled and ‘others’.  If I harbor secret resentment to immigrants, Muslims, people of other races, women, I vote for the candidate who feels the same way. If I think folks are stealing my jobs and taking food from my plate and money from my pocket, I go with the guy who feels this way and has solutions for the things that concern me. If I like the leadership style of Putin and I think I need to wall off ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals’, I go with the guy who will get me my wall. And if I don’t have an issue with objectifying women or I have little or no respect for women and feel those I dislike or disagree with are nasty, fat, pigs, disgusting animals, and dogs, I go with the man who feels that way too. I align myself at the end of the day, with people who bear the same worldview as I do and I vote for the candidate who has the balls to be vocal about it.

Now I suppose you may argue that some of his supporters voted for him on his plan for the economy, to fight against ‘the establishment’ and some of the other reasons that seemingly progressive and forward thinking people have put forth in their defense. But what was the plan? Where is it? His responses were so vague, even in the debates that it was hard to think he was serious. He was evasive, combative and could not articulate a detailed plan, just some vague ideas. And you went for that but you could not see the blatant racism, sexism, fear-mongering and how he pandered to the worst of human instincts. Were your eyes closed or too busy looking for his elusive plan? You may also argue that Hilary fucked up with those emails and she is not trustworthy. And you may have a point. But if that is the yardstick you use to measure her inability to lead, but you don’t see everything else that makes him unqualified, you my friend have buried your head in the sand.

Hear me out – I am not a sore Hilary supporter or a Trump hater. Truth be told, Bernie was my man. When he got knocked out, I felt she was the next best bet. You see, all politicians leave much to be desired of and will hold traits and ideas that I may not endorse. But at the end of the day, I go for the man or the woman with a plan. I go for the one that will bring the country together and not create further division, I go for the one with a proven record and not flim-flam, regressive and antiquated ideas. I go for the candidate with will elicit respect around the world and not look like a buffoon, a laughing stock. And most of all, I look beyond party politics and who is running and I vote with conscience and heart, with a focus on the collective electorate and their concerns and the ideals I hold dear.

So Trump is in. Political correctness and decency be damned. He is America’s choice. He is the voice they always wanted but dared not be. I suppose it must be refreshing, liberating even, to have a public figure, running for office who isn’t afraid to express the hidden sentiments of much of the populace. A kindred spirit, a savior, almost. He is them and they are him. He is just their mouthpiece.

Not a full day in yet and minorities and Muslims are already being harassed. Don’t believe me? Go Google it yourself. A bigot is in office and these things will come with the territory. Talk about progress. Lord help us all.

Carlana Charles is the visionary and editor-in-chief of FemmePowered. She is a womanist, writer, speaker, story midwife and facilitator of meaningful and engaging conversations. When she is not working in or on FemmePowered, she can be found resting, baking, reading or scribbling furiously in her journal whilst sipping wine or coffee, sometimes both at the same time. She is currently working on her first book and hopes to release it in September 2017.
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17 Comments

  1. Maline
    November 11, 2016 / 7:09 am

    I think you just voiced the feelings of all of us sitting around dazed and confused. This election was a rollercoaster ride.

  2. November 11, 2016 / 9:52 am

    I really was disappointed with the election. All I can do now, is protect my peace and vibrate on a higher frequency. Sad times.

  3. November 11, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    I’m staying away from the aftermath of trump victory. Wednesday I was reading too much and for sure I now have ptsd because of all the racial events happening around our country. Too much.

  4. November 11, 2016 / 12:28 pm

    I respect that you maintained a cordial tone…I truly hold that in high regard. It’s not representative of the hate and vitriol I’ve been seeing in my social media feeds this week. I agree with Thomas Jefferson who said, “I never considered a difference in politics, in religion, in philosophy as a cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

  5. November 11, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    My tmom me line has been in shambles since Tuesday night. I’ve never experienced such a thing on social media. I had to disconnect a bit because sanity. Reality sucks but I have to keep push for the next 4 years.

  6. November 11, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    It’s been a rough week. I hope that people can find a way to come together even in the midst of all of that is happening.

  7. Elle (CleverlyChanging)
    November 12, 2016 / 6:10 am

    It ways on me too. I feel vexed, but I wasn’t surprised. I felt like he was going to win. Oh well, now i just have to rise and grind even harder.

  8. November 12, 2016 / 4:00 pm

    It has all been hard to swallow and I like many have spent the last few days in disbelief and uncertainty. At the same time I’m trying to re-center my thoughts and calm my mind.

  9. November 12, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I’ve had several friends DM me this week about their disappointment. Several of them have shed tears and had in-person conflicts over this election.
    What a difference 8 years makes, right?

  10. November 13, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Definitely has been an interesting week to say the least. It’s unfortunate that I’m not surprised that he won or how people are reacting.

  11. November 14, 2016 / 12:18 am

    This week was definitely heavy. I too was surprised at how things played out but I tried not to consume too much of what was happening. I need to still my mind.

  12. November 14, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Imagine going to church this Sunday and hearing more Trump rhetoric during a church service. Yep, my pastor gloated and even celebrated the wall. I had to leave. Guess Trump is bringing out folks true colors!

    • November 15, 2016 / 7:07 am

      Ugh. Very disgusting. And you are sure right; you’ll see the true colors in a lot of folks!

  13. November 14, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    I was pretty disappointed, but not surprised that Trump won. All I can really do now is pray that it doesn’t get as crazy as I think it can.

  14. November 15, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Yes this is so crazy! But once he made it to the finals, I wasn’t too shocked he one. It still really has sunk in yet though. Prayers for us all.

  15. November 16, 2016 / 4:47 am

    At the end of the day it is what it is. Its not the first time we had an unequipped President…hello we just came out of the Bush Jr. era not too long ago. A president is not going to stop what you gotta do…we just gotta pray Trump isnt a boogie man.

  16. November 16, 2016 / 5:37 am

    I am hoping for the best… I just want our country to be a peace, but honestly don’t think it ever will be.

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