Friday, November 11, 2016
Thanks for Nothing, Female Trump Voters
I will admit to being devastated by this election. I thought we were farther along than this but sexism, racism, bigotry and hate ruled the day.
Of course, as a woman, perhaps I'm especially focused on the sexism part of the equation. I feel betrayed by my fellow females who voted for Donald Trump even though I don't know why I should be surprised. I've known for decades that women are their own worst enemies. They are often the first to shove the shiv into a sister's back.
Sometimes I wonder if this is simply part of our genetic DNA. Have we seen men as the rulers, the protectors, the bosses for so many generations that we simply feel safer aligning ourselves with them and can't conceive of trusting women in that role? All we all part of a giant harem, fighting amongst ourselves for the favor of the sultan? Have we watched the rewards go to the women who pleased men for so long that we think it is the only way? The Melania Trumps of the world who, through beauty and subservience, gets the big kahuna and lives in the spotlight of second-hand prestige. If she were a man, we would probably look askance at her past as a porn star but as a bauble for a rich man, it is perfectly acceptable.
I bitched about this in 2008. I was for Hillary then too. The woman who worked her ass off and paid her dues. The nerdy girl who studied and got all A's and knew her stuff. But she was overtaken by the hip and handsome young man without nearly her qualifications. I followed her lead and did as she requested and supported him. And I'm glad I did. He turned out to be an excellent president.
But then comes 2016. Hillary was far above Donald Trump in every possible way. Smart, experienced, dedicated, steady. She won the money game. She won all the debates. Her convention was positive and energetic compared to his dystopian view of America, the failing basketcase. He was hateful to everyone he came in contact with - his fellow Republican candidates, Latinos, blacks, the disabled, Muslims, veterans, women themselves. Tweeting out nasty tweets all through the night.
But you Trump voters bought into all the Hillary paranoia. You thought she was a liar but he wasn't? You thought she was a cheat but he wasn't? You thought she was self-centered but he wasn't?
And in the end, you thought that no matter how bad he was, he was better than a woman and who put him over the top? A majority of white women? Is there a name for white female Uncle Toms? Well, actually the evangelicals helped too. In one of the most evil bargains of all time, they justified voting for this horrifyingly vicious man because WWJD?
How will the mothers of Trump voters explain their choice to their daughters? Will they say, "try as hard as you like, Honey, but you'll never be given the same consideration and respect as even the grossest man". He can tell us with his own mouth about how satisfying it is to be able to grab a woman by the pussy and get away with it because he's a celebrity but he's still preferable to you, Little Girl.
Once again, my president and my candidate have asked me to support him, to give him a chance. It's the American way but sorry, this time I can't, I just can't. If what I feel for Donald Trump isn't quite as strong as hate, it is at least intense disgust, it is at least total contempt.
If I was younger, I might be with the people protesting in the streets. At 70, probably all my protest will amount to is words on a computer screen. I know how ineffectual that is. Probably they will give me more relief than anyone else.
But Don the Con will get no chances from me. I'll simply sit back and watch the aftermath and poke a small stick in the spokes if I get the opportunity. I will treat him the same way the Republicans have treated Obama for the last 8 years.
The Republicans have it all so now it is up to them to do with us as they will.
Thank you, my fellow women who voted Trump, thanks a lot. I probably won't matter much to an older woman like me but I think you just made your daughter's lives much worse than they would have been under a President Clinton. I'm not sure I can ever forgive you for it.