[BuzzFeedCrybabies...] The Backlash Against Trump Never Came

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Leroy N. Soetoro

Nov 4, 2020, 4:40:27 PM11/4/20

Look, I don’t know any more than you do, but what I know so far feels
bleak. Because even if Trump ends up losing, Trumpism has won.

There are still millions of mail-in ballots to be counted, namely in swing
states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, and Biden could still
win. Despite all that, Donald Trump has already tried to seize victory and
lied about there being some kind of fraud preventing him from winning. We
might not know who won the presidency for a few more days, possibly weeks,
causing a deep discomfort that Americans just have to learn to get used

But what the numbers tell us so far is dispiriting for anyone who isn’t a
big fan of putting children in cages or allowing more than 230,000
Americans to die from a pandemic without even a presidential
acknowledgment of this loss and willingness to prevent more deaths. So
far, Trump has 68.2 million votes. In 2016, he had just 62.9 million.
Though exit polling is largely flawed, it seems that even more white women
voted for Trump this time than in 2016. Even if Trump does lose this
election — which he still might — there was no sharp rebuke of Trump, his
policies, or his associates. There was no blue wave, blue crush, blue
anything. For Democrats, the 2020 election was supposed to have been a
repudiation of Trump and all he’s done to destabilize the country (and the
world) in the last four years. But Trump’s failures were, somehow, not
severe enough to trigger the kind of landslide liberals and progressives
were dreaming of and that pollsters wrongly predicted was plausible.

And there were so, so many reasons to repudiate Trump. Were the hundreds
of thousands of people killed by an out-of-control pandemic not enough?
Was his continued refusal to listen to scientists and epidemiologists
along with threats to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, seemingly the only voice of
reason remotely close to the White House, not terrifying enough to vote
for another option? What about the fact that he was impeached earlier this
year, a little detail forgotten to the absurd history of 2020. Did a
summer of Black Lives Matter protests across the country, countless videos
of police brutalizing if not killing Black people, not convince you that a
vote for Trump is a vote for violent racism? Anti-Blackness was on the
ballot too, and instead of renouncing it, half the country seemed to
embrace it.

There’s more bad news for anyone who didn’t vote for Trump, or anyone
hoping for a world where we could stop worrying about things like the
spread of QAnon and rampant misinformation. For the foreseeable future,
the country will have to contend with Trump, his supporters, and his
politics of cruelty. What does it mean that more than 68 million Americans
voted to keep the status quo of the last four years? What does it mean
that Trump received even more votes than 2016, that he’s gained even more
popularity?? Nothing good, I don’t think, as I write this from my
apartment because I still can’t go back to the office due to a pandemic
that the president has still not remotely gotten under control for the
last eight months. And continues to downplay.

But maybe worse than a possible Trump win is the likelihood that Trumpism
is here to stay. Lindsey Graham, who started off as a Republican critic of
Trump before his backbone melted inside his own body and he became a
cheerleader for the president, won his South Carolina Senate seat yet
again by a little more than 55% — despite facing a talented challenger who
raised more money than any candidate for the Senate, ever. Mitch
McConnell, a haunted Papa Smurf who helped ram through the confirmation of
Justice Amy Coney Barrett despite the election being mere weeks away, won
his reelection as well. There was no blue wave in the Senate — as of this
writing, Republicans hold 48 seats to the Democrats’ 46. Even if Trump
does lose, men like McConnell and Graham are still in office and will
continue to block progressive policies.

Conspiracy theories and mass delusions like QAnon — which Trump seems to
believe, at least in part — are also not going away no matter who wins
this election. In fact, they continue to seep into the mainstream and into
our politics. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a vocal QAnon believer, just won her
first congressional seat in Georgia with no Democratic opponent. In June,
the vehement Trump supporter posted videos of herself on Twitter
threatening “antifa terrorists” while holding an AR-15. In September, she
also posted an image of herself on Facebook holding a gun next to pictures
of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. As of
this writing, while Democrats still control the House of Representatives,
they only do so by a pretty small margin. The promise of the 2018 blue
wave has crashed. There’s incredible hope in the fact that the first trans
senator — Sarah McBride — and first Black and openly gay members of
Congress — Ritchie Torres and Mondair Jones — were elected, but
progressive hopes still couldn’t turn states like South Carolina or Texas

It’s not always about the win. The numbers alone are depressing enough,
and tell us the horrifying truth about millions of American voters:
blatant racism, sexism, and, ultimately, mass American deaths are all
acceptable enough for them to vote for more of it. Preserving the status
quo, however miserable it may be, is more important than contending with
any kind of progressive change. The truth is that there are enough voters
in the US who don’t care that Trump’s policies — and the policies of his
associates — affect other people to the point of literal death.

There’s an absolute dearth of compassion; the voters who voted for Trump
likely don’t care that the Trump administration has made life harder, for
example, for trans people or undocumented immigrants. All this in exchange
for a “strong economy,” whatever that means.

The promise of the 2018 blue wave has crashed.
Democrats were hoping not just for a Biden win, but for an undeniable turn
away from Trump and the GOP. With reports of unprecedented voter turnout,
there was a feeling that such a rejection was possible — that Americans
had grown tired of four years of chaos, that Republicans would vote across
party lines for a centrist like Biden. And maybe some did — after all,
lifelong Republicans like John Kasich and groups like the Lincoln Project
certainly made what seemed like effective pleas.

But it was never enough for Biden to just win this election. Instead, many
were hungry for an indisputable message to be delivered to Trump: You have
failed and we want you out. Instead, the election has become another
protracted, polarizing fight, and another reminder that Trump has
irrevocably changed the country — and the Republican party — for good.
Trumpism isn’t some anomaly or fluke. It’s here to stay, and someone will
have to lead us through a worsening pandemic, a recession and possible
depression, massive unemployment, and the inevitable protests that
continue. And what comes after this election, no matter who wins in the
end, is something to fear. ?

We're going to stamp out progressives. Totally.

No collusion - Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller III, March 2019.

Donald J. Trump, 304 electoral votes to 227, defeated compulsive liar in
denial Hillary Rodham Clinton on December 19th, 2016. The clown car
parade of the democrat party ran out of gas and got run over by a Trump

Congratulations President Trump. Thank you for cleaning up the disaster
of the Obama presidency.

Under Barack Obama's leadership, the United States of America became the
The World According To Garp. Obama sold out heterosexuals for Hollywood
queer liberal democrat donors.

President Trump has boosted the economy, reduced illegal immigration,
appointed dozens of judges and created jobs.

Senile loser and NAMBLA supporter Nancy Pelosi got "Trumped" on February
5, 2020. "President Trump, Not Guilty."
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