While it's no fun losing, we have to accept the fact. Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. I'm still in shock and typing that felt as though I was in an alternate universe. I still think this could all be a really long, bad dream. Every morning this week waking up, the first thought has been, Trump is going to be the President. Saying Trump fought dirty is an understatement. I don't even mind so much the depths he went to fight for the seat. What I can't understand is how our country elected a man who's main contribution so far, has been in making the entire country (world?) say the word pussy. I guess having respect for us (women) is not as important as wanting "change." The average Trump supporter can't say what specific change they want to see, just this blanketed statement, "change." FROM WHAT? If you voted Trump and can't answer that to yourself, with well-thought-out, researched and specific examples and/or you get your "news" from Facebook, G.F.Y.S.
The morning of election results, I had a trip scheduled to Nashville, Trump town as far as I was concerned. My flight was wicked early, 7:28 a.m. and when I arrived to the airport in New York, the mood was of mourning, I even saw some people crying. I had a lay over in Atlanta, a few hours had passed and the news had a little more time to sink in and the mood there was somber. When I got on the plane to head to Nashville, the accents started to kick in and I knew things were about to change. When I arrived, the spirits were indeed high, people were smiling, happy and celebratory. I'm not a fake person, at all, I have a hard time doing that, so I didn't know how I was going to get through the visit. The first person I get with is a colleague who lives there, whom I adore and find out she voted for Trump. This is one of the nicest people in the world, I was thinking: how can she be so nice and vote for someone so mean? In fact, this was the same attitude everyone had there, NICE. wtf. I had a meeting with other colleagues and before the meeting, we all had lunch, including the elephant, in the middle of the table. Finally I broke the ice with, "we have a new President." From there the conversation led me to find out one was a gay Democrat from Nashville, the other a straight Democrat from Ohio, myself and the nice colleague I mentioned earlier.
The gay and straight Democrats and myself were all devastated. The nice colleague, the waitress, the hostess, the people we met with, the gas station attendant, the hotel receptionist, the guests at the hotel, the waitress later that night and all the people in the restaurant, NICE, NICE, NICE. I had no choice but to like them. I was confused to say the least. I wanted to ask them, why did you vote for a man who thinks it's okay to sexually assault women? Why did you vote for a man who thinks climate change is a hoax? Why did you vote for a man who wants to terminate the Department of Education - as in get rid of our kid's schools? Why did you vote for a man who wants to put up walls? Why did you vote for a man who makes fun of the looks of other people's wives? Why did you vote for a man who doesn't want to help the less fortunate in our country? Why did you vote for a man who makes fun of disabled people? Why did you vote for a man who wants to get rid of the right of a woman to choose what she does with her body? Why did you vote for a man who wants to cut Medicare? Why did you vote for a man who discriminates against people for their nationalities, religions and who they love? Why did you vote for a man who wants to take away medical insurance from 20 million Americans? I didn't bother asking any questions because it's over, he won and I felt pretty sure I would get the same answer: "I wanted change." Donald Trump was able to see that, versus Hillary Clinton.