“Let’s talk about this for just a moment. Our country just elected a President who is openly racist and scary about sexual assault and seems to lack empathy and respect for the way our country has tried to keep some peace and love for the world for the last few decades. This came about because his views meshed more with a lot of Americans than the opposite. For some reason, folks were able accept racism along with the promise of small government and other strange platforms.
There are a lot of things that need to be done about this: we need to protect our friends and neighbors who are under attack. We need to speak truth to power and advocate for folks to listen to truth instead of propaganda. Those are some of our goals. But one of mine for next year will also be trying to understand the voters, the regular folks, who brought us to this point, who are hurting so much that This Man seemed like the right choice.
Empathy doesn’t mean forgiving the problem or the hate, but I’m in a position of privilege and freedom and I’d like to use it to try to listen and help and make this country a tiny bit better through the people who vote for the people who set the policy. Maybe that’s idealistic and silly, and you can say that about me on twitter, but I think probably I don’t care, and I’ve been reading and thinking and I’m gonna do that anyway. We’ll try to speak truth in our music, we’ll work on donating to and raising attention of causes that need it, and we’ll try to do this in a way that creates more love than hate. Gosh, I hope we can make things get better.”
- The Doubleclicks: A feminist band’s New Years Resolution under Trump
The only thing is that “This came about because his views meshed more with a lot of Americans than the opposite.” isn’t quite correct. 78% of Americans didn’t vote for Trump. He is the most unpopular, disrespected, and unliked person in history to win the Electoral College.
That’s important, I think, because we need to know that when we fight him, and when we fight the loud troll army that tries to defend him, we are standing up for the majority.
As the saying goes, we are legion, and our resistance is just beginning.
So, yes, make an effort to understand why anyone would support Trump and his ideas, but do not excuse them. Reach out to the people who were fooled, reach out to the people who didn’t realize until it was too late that they were voting for a monster. But the bigots, misogynists, racists, homophobes, and white supremacists who make up about half of his voters? Fuck them. They’re beyond saving and aren’t worth our energy.