I seem to remember folks saying “if Donald Trump gets elected I’m moving to Africa” or “if Donald Trump gets elected I’m moving to Canada.” Well get your passports and plane tickets out because the unthinkable has happened.
As if you haven’t heard the disturbing news already, Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th president of “The DIVIDED States of America” and I’m not the least bit surprised. That’s right, you read correctly! The man whose candidacy was recently endorsed by The Crusader (the official newspaper of The Ku Klux Klan) has made it to the White House. Let’s take a brief look back at one of the worst, most divisive and fatuous presidential campaigns in the history of this country.
Trump’s entire campaign revolved around him spewing all sorts of foul insults and accusations at President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Not to mention the video footage of his misogynistic remarks regarding his treatment of women and the sexual assault allegations brought against him.
Let us also not forget his mocking of New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski’s disability. Then there’s his utterly deplorable and dehumanizing statements concerning immigrants and Muslims.
On numerous occasions Trump made sweeping generalizations referring to Mexican immigrants as “criminals who’re taking our jobs and killing us” and he went on to slander Muslims with his anti-Islamic rhetoric accusing them being affiliated with terrorists. He went as far as promising to ban Muslims from entering the country and build what he says will be a “beautiful” and “impenetrable” wall on the U.S.’s southern border that he says Mexico would pay for.
He also made the following repulsive pitch to African American voters, “You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
Nonetheless, despite his egotistical chauvinistic behavior, his being endorsed by one of the most vehemently racist organizations known to mankind, the Ku Klux Klan, America has shown its true colors by electing such an ignoramus to the Oval Office. Apparently they really believe he’s going to “make America great again.”
With all the shenanigans of the presidential race now behind us countless individuals and organizations have come forward in protest of Trump’s victory.
CNN reported that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but Donald Trump won the presidency by receiving more electoral votes and as a result many protestors feel that the Electoral College is ineffective and should be abolished giving the people the final say as to who’s elected president. Clinton became the first presidential candidate since Al Gore in 2000 to win the popular vote, but lose the election.
Apparently the “people who sit in high places” couldn’t care less what citizens want in contrast to their own desires. That being said, one must wonder do our votes even matter at all?
Some African Americans expressed fear about Trump’s intentions when he takes office. Many accused him of being a racist and feel that when he speaks of making America “great” again he’s referring to a period of time when overt racism was at its peak. They fear that Trump will not only seek to undo everything that President Obama has accomplished during his time in office, but that he also intends to take America back to the days of Jim Crow.
I don’t know Donald Trump personally so I cannot honestly say whether or not he’s a racist. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that his conduct during his campaign calls his character into question.
In any event, it’s imperative that we all remain positive and continue being our best selves. Regardless of who’s been elected to office we must not place our confidence in their intentions or leadership ability. Instead we must search within ourselves to tap into our own innate leadership capabilities and create success for ourselves and our communities.
While politics and elected officials have their place in society no politician is ever to be the master us. We have come entirely too far to allow for anyone to set us back. We must continue to unite and organize ourselves in a manner that is conducive to our continued growth and success.
In contrast, some Christian Trump supporters are insisting that Trump’s victory was an “act of God.” On election night Pastor Dan Cummins of Bullard, Texas led prayer in front of the U.S. Capitol praying for the nation’s return to biblical principles. Also on election night the Daystar channel (which has a global reach of at least four-million potential viewers) broadcasted a large prayer gathering in Dallas, Texas hosted by Ken Copeland Ministries. Former U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was in attendance and urged viewers to join in prayer.
During a post-election interview Bachmann was quoted as saying, “At the precise moment we began broadcasting on Daystar, as the polls were still open and a national audience of believers joined together and prayed in concert we literally saw the race break in favor of Trump.” She went on to say, “I have no doubt. The strong right arm of a holy God heard the prayers of His people and graciously answered our prayers.”
Even more baffling than this theory is the fact that several African American clergy members also endorsed Trump’s candidacy. This calls to mind a sad reality within our communities.
All too often we trust in members of the clergy expecting them to be upstanding men and women of integrity, only to learn that many of them are nothing more than “wolves in sheep’s clothing” hiding behind a facade of righteousness ready to betray us in order to fulfill their own interests as soon as the right opportunity arises. Certainly anyone of Christian faith (or good moral character) can’t deny the abrasiveness of Trump’s statements or the hatred he has represented during his campaign.
Have these clergy members somehow forgotten that this man was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan? Anyone who condones such behavior is just as guilty as the perpetrators themselves. Silence is acceptance!