I left New York City for London in 2007, so I missed out on most of the Obama hype.
Don’t get me wrong, I was still saying ‘yes we can’ – just from 3,500 miles away.
On Election Night, my roommate, Bridget, woke me up crying, ‘He did it! He did it!’ We night and actually listened to a radio broadcast on one of our computers.
It was a special moment for a lot of reasons. But primarily it meant we were dedicated Obama meant change, full stop.
And boy, was the rest of the world proud of us! couple of months and then thankfully woke up one day and went, ‘Nah, they’re creepy as hell.’ That’s what we were all hoping for, and, in a lot of ways, it’s what we got.
For gay people? Well, we got the right to marry on a national level, and at such a speed and certainty that, at times, it seemed surreal. lied to us. In the face of the most resistant Congress in history, he pushed for a better America and set an agenda that made good on the promises of the 2008 election.
But politics is cyclical. And it’s been eight years, so that can’t be a good thing, can it?
Enter Trump. He’s been dancing around the political scene for some time now, but in the past year he’s basically besieged the Republican you can chalk it up to the cyclical quality of American politics, but in reality, this is more. This is the fracturing of a major political party.
For those of you in the UK, it’s shocking, isn’t it? I’m friends with enough Brits on social media to see that you all think we’ve lost our fucking minds. This man is a racist, misogynistic bully, and overall bad person. He’s not ‘telling it like he is’ – he’s being a dick. And the whole situation has devolved into a travesty, with other Republican candidates now willingly participating in the reality TV show that is the Trump campaign, replete with name calling and bitchy asides about dick size, à la Real Housewives.
Here’s the thing: America hasn’t lost its mind. Half of the population didn’t suddenly wake up racist and intent on raising a wall to keep people out of a country that their immigrant ancestors built. I’m not saying these jerks aren’t out there. They are. But in fact, they’ve been around for a long time and for political gain. For decades, the Republican deeply racist, deeply homophobic, deeply hurt, poor white vote. Trump is the nuclear monster version of what’s been going on for a long time.
We know it’s a horrible situation, but it’s been leading up to this for a while. And it’s about time too, to be honest.
It might look crazy to you guys, but for a lot of Americans, this is the bullshit that’s been kept behind closed doors and in veiled campaign speeches for far too long. This is like popping a pimple. A really bad pimple, like a YouTube video of a pimple being popped with millions of views. It ain’t pretty, but we’re all watching, and for whatever reason, it feels kind of good.
The shit’s out on the table, now. Trump has has relied upon but denied ever embracing: the bigoted vote. Whatever the outcome of the election, what’s already transpired has been game changing.
I don’t believe Donald Trump will become A lot of people seem to like him, but there are a lot who vehemently don’t want this at all.
Take the Republican leadership race itself. Republican establishment are both villains, but hopefully they take each other out.
This all might seem scary, but there’s an opportunity for catharsis. Taken alongside it’s safe to say that, at the very least, the American political scene is on the verge of a profound shift. And considering how stuck in the mud it’s been for all these years, that can only be a good thing.
For decades, the Republican Party has willingly embraced the southern, racist, homophobic vote. Trump is the nuclear monster version of what’s been going on for a long time.
Yes, Trump is a problem:
We’re trying to fix it.