Is It Too Soon To Celebrate Trump’s Defeat?
My dearest fellow Americans, as we come ever so closer to election day, November 3rd 2020, I can’t help but pee myself just a little in excitement. I can feel it in my bones – Donald Trump will lose the election. Every reputable poll from the IBD/TIPP to the University of Southern California shows Joe Biden ahead, so much so that many are expecting a landslide victory. If you, like me, are as anti-Trump as can be then this is definitely exciting news, but is it too soon to celebrate Trump’s defeat?
Donald Trump vs. the Polls
Many democratic voters or anyone that gets nauseous at the thought of 4 more years of a Trump, are extremely cautious to get excited too quickly for reasons that are truly understandable. In 2016 around this time polls conducted by FiveThirtyEight showed Hillary Clinton’s campaign was leading Trump by about 3 or 4 points, and similar to the Biden campaign, Clinton and Kane both performed favorably during their live debates. While Clinton did go on to win the popular vote, we have the electoral college to thank for her lose. But there are glaring notable differences between where Clinton was then and where Joe Biden is now – FiveThirtyEight forecasts that Biden has an 84% chance of winning come November. Sit and let that number marinate for a minute…
It will come at no surprise that even the Trumpster himself is clearly shook by the numbers. Long before his poll numbers began to dramatically slump he began touting the idea that if he doesn’t win or dislikes the results, that that is a clear indication that the election is rigged (I seriously couldn’t make this shit up, even if I wanted to). To completely undermine the entire democratic process was quite a hail mary to throw for someone that claims they are the most ‘Murican American president to ever America. And his newest tactic of intimidation in the form of training his own personal army of “observers” to watch polls in battleground states on election day reeks of even more desperation.
Still skeptical? Listen, I get it, I really do. Back in 2016 he came under scrutiny for such horrors as the infamous “pussy grabber” audio tape and he had no shame in his game about spewing his ignorant and racist views on immigrants. Despite his blatant racist and sexist behavior and speech he somehow still managed to come out on top. It’s still mind-numbing to try and wrap your head around the appeal he has to his cult following. But it is absolutely worth keeping in mind that Trump’s loss of the popular vote in 2016 was by a 2.1% margin, which is a fairly large amount of people. I can only imagine that margin will have grown massively now that we’ve seen him in action.
Donald Trump vs. America
This time around, things are much different. The country gave Trump a chance at a job he clearly wasn’t qualified for and at every turn he fumbled the ball on the play. With COVID, he could have at the very least found ways to bring the country together, but instead he managed to figure out how to tear us apart by making the use of masks a political debate and flaunting the idea that it’s all just one big conspiracy. And on top of everything, we found out that he knew all along how serious it was, but chose to lie constantly to the American people. And while I am not one to immediately argue that the blood of the many deaths due to COVID are on his hands, it is definitely worth discussing how his choices (or lack there of) affected the numbers.
Donald Trump’s failure to extinguish the flames of discontent on the subject of racial injustice in this country has also proven to turn off a lot of voters. At every turn he has chosen to loosely support or at least ideologically align himself with white supremacy groups and it is absolutely disturbing.
And the lies, dear god the lies. Donald Trump lies as if it were his day job…. as a matter of fact, I happen to think that he believes it is job, which is why he does it so much. But like pretty much anyone who is arguably a pathological liar, he is not nearly as ‘good’ at it as he’d like to think. I think people are finally feeling that Trump Fatigue Syndrome that some journalists have touted as the detriment to his incumbency.
The list goes on and on about why Trump’s presidency has left such a bad taste in the American people’s mouth. I could honestly probably write an entire book on the subject.
To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate…
Anyone voting against Trump doesn’t want to see a repeat of 2016. The left was in extremely high hopes for Clinton to win, despite the fact that, similarly to Biden, Democrats weren’t over-enthused that she was the nominee. But Trump got exactly what he wanted and did a worse job than anyone could have ever imagined. He has absolutely made a mockery of what used to be held in high regards as literally the most important job in the world. He has basically taken the American flag and wiped his ass with it. Him and his cult are attempting to create a new standard for what the presidency is, looks like and represents and that is truly unacceptable.
For a long while, I didn’t care about voting this election. Joe Biden as the Democratic nominee was underwhelming to put it nicely. And at the beginning of the year, the poll numbers were in Trump’s favor, and even as they declined a bit, the idea of it even being a close race was disgusting to me. The fact that so many people are still willing to stand for and behind him grosses me out. Under the circumstances that he were to lose by a similar margin to Biden that he did against Hillary, a vast number of American’s would still demonstrate that they dig his trashy, ignorant and hateful brand of politics.
But now I am realizing that taking down Donald Trump is MUCH BIGGER than voting for Joe Biden or even supporting the Democratic party in any capacity. This is a war we are all actively fighting against allowing bigotry and ignorance to run rampant in our government. And the possibility of a landslide victory isn’t just a victory for Biden or Democrats, it’s also a big middle finger to everything a Donald Trump presidency represents. I don’t know about you, but that get’s me pretty excited. While November will probably be a bit of a shit show the idea of him being dragged out, kicking and screaming “FAKE NEWS” and “IT’S OBAMA’S FAULT!” puts a big smile on my face.
But let us not lose sight on what this is truly about – the American people need to take the power back. While Democracy has it’s flaws, it’s design does allow for the fixing of those flaws. But as along as we average around 50% of citizens actually exercising their right to vote then there will always be room for big power and financial interests to abuse the system and exploit those flaws at the expense of the American people. Trump ran and has always run on selling the idea that the whole system is corrupt and he’s the only one willing to admit it, and that line of bullshit only works in a system where they people have lost faith in it.
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