I wish our new president success and clear-minded wisdom as he begins to prioritize his work.
I applaud all of those, from Clinton supporters to never-Trumpers, who have committed their support to the new president in moving forward and binding our wounds after a divisive election season.
I plan to hold Trump to his promises. We all should. Those include his commitment to being a better man than he was when he made those comments on tape that we all detest.
But America voted for Mr. Trump because he will be the president that will upend the Washington bureaucracy. Obama spent eight years feeding the country unwanted, inefficient, bureaucrat-heavy government expansions masked as solutions. When America rejected them by returning Congress to Republican control, he used his pen and his phone to circumnavigate the pesky electorate. Ms. Clinton’s policies promised only more of the same tired, failed focus on more regulation and centralized control. In the face of a dangerously large national debt, America said no.
In voting against Ms. Clinton, Americans rejected a bad candidate with a concerning ethical track record. They did not reject the idea of a woman being president. The first female president’s time will come, and likely soon. I hope to be able to vote for her. Ms. Clinton was not the one.
The left cannot possibly be a productive part of the unification of our country if they continue to use identity politics to describe the outcome of this election. Tactically, throwing around the labels of “racist,” “sexist,” and “xenophobic” did not work for them in their bid to convince the American people that their ideas were best for the country. This did not allow for the exchange of ideas, rather only deepened factionalization. 33% of Latino men, 26% of Latino women, and 52% of white women supported Trump. This cuts a big hole in the narrative that Trump’s win was on the back of a sexist or anti-immigrant populist wave. Looking at the electoral map, it is clear that middle class, blue collar working states in the rust belt rejected a Democratic dynastic control of their electoral votes for a candidate who focused his campaign on job creation and regulatory relief to put Mr. Trump over the top and in the White House.
One more thought: anecdotal evidence proves nothing but is easy to use to manipulate emotions. Cherry-picking specific instances to prove a larger point is wrong. Were there anecdotal examples of racist or sexist motivations in voting for Mr. Trump? Sure. There will be in any election, for every candidate. This doesn’t mean the nearly 60 million people that voted for Mr. Trump fit that bill.
In fact, my desire, which I know that many share on both sides of the aisle, is that the country can now move closer together and away from identity politics. Where racism, sexism, and ugly collectivism in any form does exist, let’s eradicate it. Let’s fix those broken parts of our government that we can and get rid of the parts that don’t work. Let’s lead the world with a clear, righteous morality that will offer a new hope to the oppressed and the war torn. Let’s make America even greater, and let’s all be a part of the productive conversation as to how that is achieved.