Donald Trump IS President

Today doesn’t feel like a particularly good day to be in America. As a traveller, you’ve got to roll with the punches of your adopted country. You don’t have to like it, you’ve got to live with it or move on to somewhere new where you feel safe and happy.

I pay taxes here, but I can’t vote. That doesn’t mean I didn’t encourage others to vote. As an Australian it’s hard to understand why voting in the US isn’t compulsory. It’s even tougher to fathom that a large swathe of the population don’t seem to feel like they should bother having a say in how their country’s run.

Today there’s a distinct sense of melancholy. There were double checks that doors were locked last night, and a feeling that anything could happen in the next few days, months and certainly the next four years.

The office is quieter than usual. There’s anger, disappointment, and a lot of uncertainty for some. How do you have faith in a population who overwhelmingly voted for a man who was proven time and again to be racist, sexist, inflammatory, unable to apologise when he’s wrong, or admit any wrongdoing at all?

I honestly don’t know what to think. It’s a shock that those qualities are valued above others. It’s just a sad day.


Eric IS Bananaman

P.S. The title of this post was inspired by Bananaman. If you don’t know what Bananaman is/was, I truly pity you, but I have added a youtube explanation above. Enjoy.

7 thoughts on “Donald Trump IS President

  1. I couldn't believe the figures when I saw them – so many people didn't even vote which makes the election even more of a joke. What I can't get my head around is that in a nation the size of America, they couldn't come up with two candidates that were both liked and respected… It's mind boggling. I'm really hoping Trump proves everyone wrong and spends the next 4 years coming up trumps. Onwards and upwards!

  2. Only 49% of the country voted! I mean, sure, the whole of Australia votes and we still can't decide what we want, but not voting at all seems ridiculous.
    I see what you mean – I don't know if it's the financial barrier to launching and running a campaign or the way that politics is all about slashing and burning your opponent more than coming up with great ideas for running your country.
    Fingers crossed that Trump proves everyone wrong and does a good job.

  3. What I cannot fathom is how everyone I know – have spoken to – been in touch with – says the same thing about Trump – and yet he got in. Who exactly then voted for him ? Are they just silent about the fact that they voted for him because they don't want people to know. I don't understand how he can get less votes than Hilary and still win. How does that work ? K and M are looking at applying for a visa for M so that they can come home – there's just so much uncertainty now about where things are going to go in the future.
    I also don't understand the apathy of the American public at voting – do they know that it's their future ? Do they not care ?
    Thinking of you. xox

  4. The only way that I can think to explain it is that we surround ourselves with people who have the same thinking, morals, ethics, and reasoning as we do. So it's easy to forget that there are so many other people out there who are the exact opposite.
    Fingers crossed for M! Mr M has been talking a little more about coming to Australia this week. Maybe it's catching.
    Yeah it's pretty crazy that half the population didn't bother voting.

  5. At least living in California you aren't surrounded by people who voted for the dimwit. :-/ (Which is not to say you aren't dealing with the same emotions as I am. Also, you can talk to me if needed/wanted. šŸ˜€ ) My facebook page is daily blasted with "Trumpisms" and how "perfect" he is for society and how stupid Hillary-supporters are. I walk away feeling saddened that my own family buys into this guy's lies! ā€¦ And conflicted about whether to argue back considering I have colleagues as friends on facebook. How do you look professional and fight racism/sexism/"Trumpism" at the same time? (I worry about keeping my job.) And who do I go to for consolation when I see racism/sexism/"Trumpism"? Clearly not my family. (Thankfully my husband isn't one of them.) I don't know. I'm still dealing with all of the emotions in the aftermath of the election and strongly worried about the "normalization" of Trump and his hate. I'd like to say that I hope he doesn't do what he has promised to do, but it's not looking good. I'm sorry you have to be a part of this part of American history. I really hope we wisen up and come together as a country to do something about it before Trump causes any real problems. :-/

    Also, FYI, they are having a "Women's march" in DC the Saturday following Trump's inauguration. (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/us/womens-march-on-washington.html?_r=0) I definitely encourage you and any friends you want to bring to come and march for women's rights. Born American or not, you still can be a part of the fight against Trump. šŸ™‚ I don't know if a march like this will do anything, but I'm going because I figure it's something? Might as well try?

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