A friend of mine went on a Tinder date on election night. Why he thought this was a good idea I have no clue, especially given that he voted for Donald Trump in a city that just turned out 93 percent in favor of Hillary Clinton. Needless to say he paid the tab for the date and never heard from her again.
“I’m never telling anybody I voted for Trump again,” he said. “It was a dumb thing to admit. Seriously. It can only hurt you to admit such a thing in a city like this. It certainly can’t help you.”
Me – I watched the election results from a neighborhood bar in Columbia Heights, where people were cheering and booing as each CNN projection rolled in. Complacency in the bar was palpable; much like it was the entire Clinton campaign. She was the sane, Democratic candidate poised to continue the program that Obama has developed the past eight years.
But around 1 a.m. it was quite clear that she had, in fact, lost to Donald Trump, and the bar quietly began to clear out. Those who stuck around visibly grappled with anger, sadness, confusion and depression. One woman sat across from us in her stool, balling her eyes out, despairing about the future of her country. I imagine similar scenes unfolded in London, during the U.K. referendum this summer, in which people must have woken up the next day feeling much like Americans on the left, hoping that the night before had only been a nightmare.
One person who was not surprised at all was liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore (“Bowling for Columbine” and Fahrenheit 9/11”), who months ago predicted Trump’s upset victory. In this video, he explains how Trump’s camp wisely targeted families in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the “Brexit states,” as he terms them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29xpn94_CL4.
“Whether Trump means (what he’s saying) or not is kind of irrelevant, because he’s saying the things to people who are hurting, and it’s why every beaten-down, nameless, forgotten, working stiff who used to be part of what is called the middle class loves Trump,” Moore explains. “He is the human Molotov cocktail that they have been waiting for.”
Moore has since predicted that Trump won’t last four years in office, telling MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that his presidency will end in either resignation or impeachment.
“This is why we’re not going to have to suffer through four years of Donald J. Trump, because he has no ideology except the ideology of Donald J. Trump,” Moore said recently. “And when you have a narcissist like that, who’s so narcissistic where it’s all about him, he will, maybe unintentionally, break laws.”
Time will tell whether his this prediction is right, but I’ve noticed, and a few people have agreed, that Trump has been very subdued since winning the presidency, compared to the rhetoric he used during his election bid. When Trump sat down with the president at the White House last week, he called Obama “a very good man.” Obama, for his part, said that if Trump succeeds, the entire country succeeds, so he’ll do everything in his power to ensure that happens. A very politically correct statement from Obama, very different from the descriptions he used during the election.
Whether it was for the cameras or not, I agree with Obama and hope Trump succeeds. And though I still think Clinton was the better choice, I find it hypocritical that many crazed liberals are protesting Trump’s victory, especially when they spent so much time criticizing Trump for deflecting the question of whether he would accept defeat on election night.
In his own statement, Bernie Sanders described how Trump “tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, politics and media.”
“People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer,” Sanders said in the statement. “To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”