No, I’m not over the election … and I won’t be anytime soon…. (More)
President-elect Trump has demanded that President Obama stop the protests of the election, and President Obama said no way:
“I’ve been the subject of protests during the course of my eight years,” he said. “And I suspect that there’s not a president in our history that hasn’t been subject to these protests.”
Good. Because I’m not ‘over it’ … and I won’t be getting over it anytime soon.
If that’s true and Democrats can’t extract major substantive concessions [and Waldman explained why Democrats probably can’t], do they get political benefit from joining Republicans on this bill? That brings us to what Republicans did eight years ago. You may remember that literally on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated, Republican leaders got together for dinner and decided on a strategy of total opposition: Don’t work with him on anything, fight to make every initiative fail, and generally make his life miserable in the hope they could take back Congress and keep him from winning reelection. Though Obama got reelected, otherwise the strategy was a tremendous success.
It grew from some critical insights Mitch McConnell in particular had about the way the public interprets what goes on in Washington, beginning with the understanding that the overwhelming majority of voters have only a superficial sense of what’s going on and only pay attention sporadically. That means that things that might seem important in the capital – like whether you got condemned by the Times and the Post editorial pages this morning for some act of obstruction – have very little practical impact, and you can endure the criticism if you’re getting something you want. In fact, obstruction is generally something you’re unlikely to pay a price for, because most voters will decide that “Washington” isn’t working, and put blame on the party that holds the White House, even if the fact that it isn’t working is completely the other party’s fault.
It’s important that Democrats keep reminding the American public, every day for the next four years, of who’s sitting in the White House and what that means. Trump ran one of most vile presidential campaigns in American history, one based on racial and religious hatred, resentment and fear. He sought to normalize toxic misogyny. He celebrated violence. He mainstreamed white supremacy. His election has spurred a wave of racist intimidation and hate crimes, as bigots across the country have become emboldened by his victory to act out their most despicable impulses. He’s a demagogue and a dangerous fool, and while Democrats aren’t going to question the legitimacy of his presidency the way Republicans did with Obama, he shouldn’t ever be treated like an ordinary president with whom Democrats just have some substantive disagreements.
Speaking of mainstreaming white supremacy, CBS is reporting that President-elect Trump will nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for Attorney General. Yes, the same Sen. Jeff Sessions who was deemed too racist to be a federal judge, and said civil rights groups were “un-American.” So, white male pundits, please stop yammering on about how Candidate Trump wasn’t ‘really’ racist and his almost-all-white, mostly-male, mostly-above-median-income voters were merely expressing their ‘economic distress.’
As for the Give Trump A Chance crowd … most of them are conservatives who spent the last eight years refusing to Give Obama A Chance.
So no, I won’t pretend your guy is not a racist, sexist, authoritarian who expects the entire nation – indeed the entire world, except apparently Vladimir Putin – to kneel at his feet. I won’t pretend his lies are true, such as his claim that he already stopped a Ford factory from closing when in fact Ford never planned to close that factory. And I won’t pretend your ‘economic distress’ is anything other than white men resenting that women and people of color refuse to settle for your leftovers.
President-elect Trump and his voters will have to earn my respect, and they won’t earn it by telling me to “suck it up, buttercup.” White male privilege cuts no ice with me, and I won’t ‘get over it’ just because white men think they’re entitled to obeisance.
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