I must admit it. I'm surprised--even shocked.
I knew people liked him but I had no clue it was on this sort of level.
Maybe it was reluctance. Maybe it was party loyalty. Perhaps it's celebrity worship. Or maybe they just simply like him. No matter, because this election of 2016 was a revealing one.
Almost every election I remember, there was never a landslide victory. Most of the nation is divided right down the middle, with no more than a 6 to 9 percent spread, if even that high.
It's not unlike the Super Bowl: statistics are against your favorite pick in the primaries actually getting to the finals, so you settle on the candidate you least hate. If may not be the case with you, but it was with many.
Personally, I feel that this election brought a lot of things to light.
We are still sexist.
No matter how many years Hillary Rodham (Clinton) spent in politics and fighting for human rights, many men just simply would not vote for her. Some even said horrible things about her--things one can only say condescendingly to a woman. Somehow, in the modern age, people elected a man that was at the center of many sexual and criminal scandals--including child rape accusations--but were concerned more with emails about snacks and three dead soldiers that usually can't be named.
We are still racist.
No matter how you justify it, our new President is against most people that are not like him. He dislikes all Muslims, even though almost all them are not extremists. Some forget that many Muslims are not from the Middle East, but are also African and Asian. White extremists that support Donald Trump said that they would wage a war against blacks if Mrs. Clinton won. Additionally (but not finally), he wants to send the millions of non-criminal, family-orientated Mexicans in our country to Mexico.
We are still homophobic.
Gays, queers and trans people still somehow are in the forefront of people's minds when they think about sexuality. Bathrooms are suddenly an issue, as if these mostly kind, gentle people started using the restroom this year. Personally, I'm very confused why the right wing is so concerned about who's having sex with whom behind closed doors. Are they feeling left out?
We are still fearful.
Americans are notorious for living in fear. Sometimes, rightfully so. We fear ourselves and each other. Most of us like to group together with people who look like us--which most species do--and when someone different than ourselves, we feel threatened. This kind of ties in with the racist thing. Irony is, most racists don't feel they are racist. When someone enters our property or insults a loved one, the first thought most right-wingers have is to kill the person. Does trespass or disrespect warrant a death sentence? Does anything really warrant an execution? To these guys, it does, and they can't see what might be wrong with that.
We are still inadequate.