After the election, with Trump winning, it felt like a gut punch to me. Which almost gave me an enlightened epiphany for Trump voters. How? Read below.
First, I didn’t think my “gut punch” feeling was because “my side lost”. Given everyone that ran this cycle, I am pretty sure I would have voted for Kaisich over Hillary. Also, over the last 20+ years, I think I voted against Bill C both times, Voted for W in 2000, Voted for Kerry in 2004, Voted for McCain in 2008 and Voted for Obama in 2012. So, I don’t think I’m a party idealist.
Because of how I felt, I had a very brief moment of empathy and an feeling of epiphany, towards how many Conservatives felt, when Obama won. Maybe this is why they were so oppositional? They felt like I am feeling now.
Then it quickly went away when it occured to me, that I feel quite certain that most of the unprecedented Obama backlash was because he was BLACK. Not because he wanted to extend healthcare benefits to others. Or take away everyone’s guns, or increase the social safety net. Republicans have said that about Dems for the last few decades. So, that isn’t new.
Then, I remembered, that the guy who won in 2016 was the leader of the racist birther movement.
Then, I remembered, the guy who won, ran a scorched earth campaingn against both parties.
Then, I remembered, they guy who won, ran a racist, xenophobic and misogynistic (RXM) campaign.
So, I don’t think the reasons why I felt the way I did are valid to equate to how many Conservates many felt in 2008. If I did, then its like feeling sorry for slave owners who lost the civil war. I think that is a fair analogy.
Many in America had a “gut punch” feeling and reaction to Obama in 2008 simply because he was black. My epiphany turned from a feeling of empathy to utter disgust.
I am currently ashamed of my country. Ashamed that “My Team”, “Team America” is ignorant, racist and so full of unreasonable hate. But, I am still sorting that out.
When 41% of Republicans still think Obama wasn’t born in America (as of Aug 2016) and 43% want to believe he is a muslim and they elect the unqualified and ignorant leader of the birther movement, something else is going on.
It wasn’t just the people on the left that thought Trump was running a racists campaign. The professional racists and anti-semites, such as the KKK did too!
Disclaimer: I don’t think every person who voted for Trump is RXM, but certainly enough were to give him the election, even with his lack of qualifications, numerous scandals and horrible temperment.