It's a tough thing to accept. I had a terrible time getting to sleep last night (I gave up at 1 am) and awoke thinking, my god. We just elected a man who calls Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers, and boasts about grabbing women by the (yes, I'm going to say it) pussy.
I've been trying to think of something that would be a comfort, and something did: George W. Bush. Do you remember how America treated him when he was first elected? Like a bad joke. If 9/11 hadn't happened, Bush would have stayed a joke. It's horribly unfortunate that he started a war and caused terrible death and destruction, and I'm praying that Trump won't be allowed to do the same. (He loves war, you know.) But now, George W. Bush is considered the second worst president in history. He can't even leave the United States without the legitimate worry of being arrested and tried for the war criminal he is.
As much as I hate to admit it at times, Republicans are Americans, too. Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell love their country as much as I do, they're not stupid, and U.S. presidents are not all powerful. Not yet, anyway. When Trump, please god, doesn't succeed in taking health care away from twenty million people or deporting eleven million more, when he doesn't "drain the swamp" or change Washington, D.C., many of his supporters will see him for what he is. Our nation is getting more progressive and diverse every day, not less. Our system of government self-corrects. The backlash over the extreme failure of Bush gave us two terms of Barack Obama. In two years, we could take back Congress and make Mr. DuckAss the lamest of lame ducks. Trump might be our last Republican president. I'm going to let that thought comfort me.
My very dear friend Josie Kafka posted this last night:
Reminder: There are still kittens.
There are still kittens. Kristen Bell and George Takei kept trying to comfort us on Twitter last night, so we still have Kristen Bell and George Takei. Hate might have won last night, but we still have love. I'm going to focus on love.