Trigger-warning to a fragile America
WASHINGTON, November 12, 2016 — “I feel like I was hit by a truck,” said actress Jane Fonda at the Women’s Foundation’s annual luncheon in Atlanta, Georgia. She was referring, of course, to the stunning victory of President-elect Donald Trump over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
At the University of Georgia, as across the nation, people marched in protest of Tuesday’s outcome. “One of my really close friends actually committed suicide last night mostly because of the election,” said a student to the campus newspaper.
Tuesday, Georgia pledged its 16 electoral votes to Trump.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a University of Pennsylvania exchange student from Ghana, Amanda Agyapong (a pre-med student in psychology), could not rouse herself from bed last Wednesday morning. But her mood brightened when the university’s black cultural center announced it was hosting a luncheon for the lugubrious.
“They are making it a safe space for us today,” said Agyapong.
Tuesday, Pennsylvania pledged its 20 electoral votes to Trump.
Last May, conservative blogger Gary Welsh worried Trump would prove victorious in Indiana’s Republican primary. “If I’m not around to see the vote results,” said Welsh ominously, “my prediction is that Trump wins Indiana with just shy of 50 percent of the vote.”
Trump indeed won. The next day, police found Welsh’s lifeless body in a stairwell at his apartment complex, the apparent victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Tuesday, Indiana pledged its 11 electoral votes to Trump.
The website Vocative reports that Hillary Clinton’s dramatic defeat spurred some members of the LGBT community to reach out to suicide help lines.
“One of the callers was Leelee, an 18-year-old southern Californian who identifies as non-binary and pansexual. Leelee spent election night weeping with their partner over Skype, but, sitting up alone after the news was official, they started to have suicidal thoughts,” Vocative reported.
It is the understanding among the world’s realists—that is, the emotionally mature among us—that life is not a series of endless triumphs or perpetual joys. It is a roller-coaster ride with stomach-churning ups and downs.
That is to say, a veil of tears.
As the Obama administration moves closer to its expiration date, there are those who desperately search for a legacy to describe the last eight years. But with the president’s signature health care debacle and executive orders on immigration likely to be repealed and rescinded, his bequests will be few.
As the reactions to Washington’s coming changes attest, the Democratic Party’s odd polyglot of constituencies – which now includes never-Trump Republicans – has devolved into a collection of child-like, psychologically fragile snowflakes.
That may be Barack Obama’s lasting legacy.
Tuesday’s electoral map, as red as a matador’s cape, is a trigger warning to these frightened pushovers.
It signals that flyover country’s fed-up and reinvigorated silent majority now rules in Trumplandia.