“I mean, we could say politically correct that look doesn’t matter, but the look obviously matters… like you wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful.”(The Strip View 2014)
“If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” (Twitter, 2015 – later deleted)
“Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man – he made a good decision.”
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” (Campaign Launch 2015)
“You know, it really doesn’t matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young, and beautiful, piece of ass.”
“If I were running ‘The View’, I’d fire Rosie O’Donnell. I mean, I’d look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I’d say ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’”
“I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”
Donald Trump has long alienated women and minority races all across America with his crass and flippant comments, so the thought that someone who evidently holds so little and negative disregard for these groups could rule the country? Be responsible for their lives? It was a reality that many counldn’t make themselves ruminate on for too long. Trump’s demeanor, that of a priveledged reality TV star (it’s only true) seemed so ridiculous and immature on the presidential stage that it was hard to imagine him in charge of the entire American government. An oversight, yes, but maybe just escapism from the whole election, considering the opposition.
But now that it is what it is, be it better or worse than the alternative, Trump still brings a great deal of social and racial problems along with him to the table, along with his temperament and lack of experience. With 31% of the US being minorities and 13.3% being first generation immigrants, there are a lot of people who might have cause to worry about Trump’s stances or comments (Not that we apparently know much of anything about his opinions; if you use evidence and state one of them to demonstrate something, you are “ugly” or “unattractive’’, “lying”, and “corrupt”, among a plethora of others). Many Muslims or Mexican immigrants in particular have much to be anxious about, for if Trump’s ideas go through, even if they aren’t evicted, they could suffer imposed rules/guidelines or lose family members who haven’t met his standards to come in or stay in the country. Many women are scurrying to get IUDs and other sorts of protective products before Trump can implement any of his pro-life policies. Oh, and don’t forget Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence (and a large portion of the president-elect’s cabinet) and his views on the LGBTQ+ community. The future vice-president advocates for diverting money to conversion therapy which has not been been proven sucessful, and is, as someone once expained to me, like “trying to shock the gay out of people”.
As harsh as I’ve made these problems sound, they are only possible, and there are more immediate problems for these people already occuring. After the Republican win, hate crimes against many different minorities and ethnicities skyrocketed. How far the free country has regressed. Many muslim people have been hit the hardest, with thousands recieving threats, hate, and prejudice. There were hundreds of reports of young muslim women and girls being insulted with racial and ethnic slurs and worse by packs of young white males on the streets. This hate is wrong on such a deep level in our current day world; how is it that someone whose very prescence encourages this sort-of rephrehensibly behaviour was voted in as president?
Hope is not lost for Americans looking forwards and not back, though, and people all across the states band together in support of each other. You may notice someone bearing a safety pin on their lapel, to symbolize their solidarity and support of all people as equals and their willingness to stand up for the vulnerable in this time of uncertainty and hate. The idea of the safety pin arose in Britain, after Brexit tore up the country in much the same way as this election has done for the US. Many LGBTQ+ persons and ethnicities were experienceing hate crimes in the chaos and uncertainty, so a British women took it upon herself to start the trend to show her support of all those being discriminated against.
In the end, that’s all we can really do – support our countries and each other and keep our hope for the future. Perpeturating violence and hate never solves anything. Eventually, with the generation, we’ll slowly leave this prejudiced phase behind us. No matter how dark things get, there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel.