Veterans Day, and an oddball Friday ‘federal holiday‘ in a country recovering from a most-likely fatal stroke.
A few days before the election, the Guardian published a most-observant piece on voters across the US, especially in those rural areas.
This from an African-American woman in Louisiana, expressing the underlying horror:
“I would vote for anybody but Trump. He say he ain’t racist, but sure talks that way. From my experience, them are the worst kind.”
Three days of anti-T-Rump protests across the US, the one in Portland, Oregon, last night dubbed a “riot” by police, was a continuing sign a shitload of people ain’t going quietly into that bad night. And to make matters worse, mimicking that lady’s quote above — T-Rump got hold of a Tweeter, acted like the ‘worse kind‘ of two faced asshole.
Last night: ‘“Just had a very open and successful presidential election,” Trump tweeted Thursday around 9 a.m., as scores of furious New Yorkers rallied outside of Manhattan’s Trump Tower. “Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair!”‘
And this morning: ‘“Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country,” Trump tweeted around 6 a.m. Friday. “We will all come together and be proud!”‘
This, our new leader…
In that Guardian story, a kind of kind expose of the election:
As months went by, Trump wasn’t just exploiting and expanding white racism; he was also exposing a divide between those with good education, and those without.
A version of the school room front row kids versus back row kid.
It became simple: if I wanted to talk to a community overwhelmingly supporting Trump, I would go to a white town or neighborhood nearest the rusting factory surrounded by razor fence.
If I wanted to find Clinton, or Jeb Bush, or even Rubio voters, I would go near a university, or go to the wealthier neighborhoods near tech companies, or near headquarters of global corporations.
All of this is humiliating and painful, and has made the perfect setting for populist politics built on blaming minorities and immigrants.
And that is what Trump has exploited.
He has has come into these communities with white identity politics, a message that is both simple and loud: He will make America great again.
Another most-observant, and most-interesting view of the election via Mock, Paper, Scissors, highlighted by this Tweet (in a series): ‘People do not understand the depths of how little much of rural America travels and sees other people and cultures.’
Read the whole post, bad failure both looking inward as looking outward.
America’s in for a rough ride…