I hate Donald Trump. I hate his whole smug family. I hate their arrogance and their hypocrisy. I’ve been watching their name-calling and accusations from afar and gobsmacked that they’ve been castigating their opponents when they overtly do far worse things. And by that I mean… work for their father when they’re not qualified and financially gain from doing so.
But there’s no point in me bitching about it. Far more learned and famous voices than I have talked about Trump and his inability to provide tax returns, about his bankruptcies and debts. And about the money his hotels and kids’ businesses have made from his presidency.
So like all sane people in the world I was gobsmacked to see the US election results coming through. I had really hoped for a landslide. I hoped the narcissist would finally get some insight into how he’s perceived, but alas…
I mean, it was one thing in 2016 – people seemed to be rebelling against career politicians. And of course they didn’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton. But now they’ve got the benefit of hindsight. It’s unfathomable to most of us – overseas (and I’m sure in the US itself) that voters cannot see what an embarrassment their president is. A punchline to his counterparts.
I realise there’s still hope for a Democratic win (with postal votes yet to be counted) but the fact so many were still voting for Trump is horrifying. This tweet was most-telling.
Not all Americans
I was ready to badmouth America and all who sail within. But then I saw another tweet… from someone asking that those outside the US not tar them all with the same brush. That we not write the country off completely. The person reminded us that millions and millions of Americans voted for change. Many have been doing a lot to fight flawed systems and corruption from within. And yet their numbers seem to be closely matched by those happy with this president’s disdain for… well, almost everyone.
I know I’ve been similarly disappointed by election results here in Australia. Devastated that my fellow humans could be easily duped by shiny new policies, scare tactics or false prophets.
It’s made me glad that here however, we don’t allow politicians to become bigger than their political party. We may have a history for ditching the odd Prime Minister or two but it feels as if we have checks and balances.
So what next?
I’m holding out hope for change and I know many others, particularly in the US are as well. But it feels like the world’s going to shit. I mean THIS on top of everything else 2020 has thrown at us.
The rage of many on social media is palpable. As is disbelief, desolation and despair. Even if the Trump family leave the White House I can imagine they’ll continue to wreak havoc – make false claims, play the victim, oversell their achievements.
Calming voices are reminding us we need to consider our mental health and wellbeing at this point in time. Sometimes hatred or anger can be motivating, but other times it just festers and leaves us bitter and frustrated.
I’ve not done it before, but it’s time for me to mute / block ‘all-things-Trump’ on Twitter. It’s my favourite social media tool so I don’t want to ditch it entirely but the last day or two reminded me how much it can fuck with my head. I don’t watch the news anyway, but I can be more circumspect in my online headline checking. I can keep apprised but not get overwhelmed. I can remind myself there’s nothing I can do anyway. And there isn’t. Is there?
Have you been following the US Election results? Do you think it’s worth getting anxious over the outcome? Any coping strategies? Or more productive suggestions?