America is at odds with itself since the Trump train crashed on its parade.
Like many of you this year, I paid close attention to this election cycle, well, sort of. If you were like me, you probably started paying very keen attention after the primaries, i.e for the entertainment value of Donald Trump. I mean, seriously, like many out there, this guy wasn't for real, right?
I have had no real interest in politics, until now. I've never been more intrigued by the USA's last two candidates, not even when the first black man ran for office in 2008 and 2012. This last election cycle was like a train wreck and you knew it but it was hard to look away. Where do I begin? The inflammatory rhetoric, the sometimes delusional surrogates on both sides, the scandals, the list goes on.
How did we get here? I'm still reeling from the reality of it all. How did "The Donald" do it? What does it all mean now to have a new President Trump (mind you, those words do not exactly roll easily off my lips). One thing is sure, America deeply underestimated him. While America joked, laughed and mocked him, America remained glued to his antics, couldn't get enough of him. You've gotta give the guy some credit. While America thought they had him all figured out, America was merely a game piece. Mainstream media became interesting once again. What better reality show was on compared to "The Donald" show? It is estimated that he racked up billions in free advertising, while the politicians spent a comparable amount. There's something about him that we admired and wanted more. America was listening and paying close attention. America put him in the White House.
What did America see that America didn't?In Trump, America saw a non-politician, a vehicle of radical change. A person not left wing or right wing, not-easily influenced, didn't read off a script. To America Trump was real, tangible, so when he said we are going to build a wall and protect our borders, that's exactly what he was going to do. When he said we are going to bring our jobs back, that's exactly what he was going to do. When he said "Let's make America great again!" he'd do it, only there's a problem. He echoed the voices of the majority of American people. He gave a voice to factions of America that have been long suppressed. They came out of the woodwork in droves and come-what-may, they stuck by him. Even I thought there was no way his supporters could be in the majority—so called "deplorables." I thought, when he looses they could just form a cumbaya village somewhere in remote America where they can be allowed to roam free. It turns out America wanted a person of Trump to help expel long suppressed convictions of anti-semitism, bigotry and intolerance. It also turns out America is tired of the establishment and wants change, they no longer believed it, it reflects in the diversity of people that voted for him.
In Trump, America was uncomfortable. Oh no! He didn't! "There was no way this man will have access to the keys to America's nuclear weapons—this unhinged individual with very thin skin and access to 140 characters that goes nuclear every time that he drops them." "There was no way this guy is getting to the White house—the non-tax paying, pussy grabbing intolerant racist bigot whose namesake university is a sham, what example are we setting for our kids?!!!" (the kids! the kids!! Poor kids.) Let's not forget the women! ooh shucks! Trump could not exactly walk back his "locker room" statements even if it occurred 11 years ago. His opponent clearly won the election as it reflected in the polls and the popular vote.
Trump has shaken our belief systems and what it means to be American. To Trump. America was the untrained dog that has finally learned to heel. America is the one walking back on its standards, for those whose reputation could not be tainted by Trump are now all rallied behind him. For those with daughters, wives, mothers, sisters who have some explaining to do, please don't. It's okay to admit that you're now living in the 21st century and not in the era of our founding fathers.
Trump is now the 45th president of the United States (did that sink in yet?)
Trump's victory is nothing short of a Cinderella story. If Donald J. Trump can be president then: