Many reporters in the UK will sometimes say that it is the first time that the U.S had two of the most hated candidates to choose from, yet I feel this is slightly misleading. Yes, Trump is hated, but mostly on the left. He was fairly elected on the Republican side. There doesn't seem to be any scandal on the Republican side in choosing one candidate over the other, like there was with Wasserman-Shulz and the DNC fiasco. Trump was not the republican establishment pick, true, but he still seems to have beat the other 17 contenders fairly. In terms of diversity, i.e individual states and counties and the demograhpics of these states and counties, Trump seems to be favoured as the end result, yet even before Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, those inclined to vote Republican (or vote Trump as the next best thing to an independent after Bernie's defeat) could have voted for at least a few other candidates besides Trump.
With all movements, nations are divided. Trump's inauguration speech contained some hope, some inspiration towards the idea of uniting the country, but people can't be united if the message of unity and the very president himself are continually undermined by satirists, popular comedians and propagandists inside the very country itself.
Trump said " whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots ", and said that the one thing that will unite people is a sense of patriotism. I tend to agree but only as long as those who are undocumented in the country are not treated harshly.
Trump spoke often of God in his speech and so I would urge all to quote often, these words. In a world not adverse to holy scripture and the Lord, it would be good for a bible quotation like this to go viral.. “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God"
People are saying that Trump himself needs to unite the people of America, yet I do not believe this will happen until the mainstream media takes some of the responsibility.
Trump's inauguration speech was critcized by some on MSNBC like Chris Matthews as being "Hitlerish". The media know very well what they are doing. They know how much power they have over the minds of the people. At some point the media need to become more responsible, not nessesarily for the president's sake, but for the sake of preserving law and order
It is they who have compared him to Hitler, along with the likes of Don Cheadle and the rest of Hollywood through big production commercials. It is Clinton who declared that half of Trump's supporters are iredeemable, and so on. None of those protesting Trump respect him, and so this idea that Trump has to bring them together seems unlikely to work. Honestly I don't know what will happen.
A CALL FOR SOME UNDERSTANDING
So I sat thinking about this last night. I noted the amount of times i've been called really nasty names over the past few years by some people, in regards to politics, and to a lesser degree my art and how it made people feel. I had been called a lot of things and there is this desire to get back at those that call you names. I have tried to always refrain from that, probably more in the past year or so because you can send a better message to people by remaining positive and understanding the frustrations of the people who call you nasty names. It is very difficult to do, but worth it.
I realised that it would be very easy for me to call those who don't agree with me a nasty name, regardless of if the name matched the person's true belief, in the same way that I have been called a racist and a bigot without the person knowing whether I am a racist or not. This was the mistake that CNN contributor Van Jones and Michael Moore made when, without wanting to understand Trump supporters, they assumed, ignorantly, and surprisingly I might add for such notable and influenticial figures, that all Trump supporters were racist. It wasn't until both of them went out and met some middle America Trump supporters that education was allowed to take place.
The fundamental thing to understand in all of this is that everyone, from the homeless man on the street, to the politicians, believes they themselves are right and that anyone who disagrees is wrong. We dig our heels in when our beliefs are challenged. Violent attacks on Trump supporters will undoubtedly increase the numbers of extreme right groups in the same way that attacks on the left will throw them into the arms of more extreme left wing groups. Everyone feels the need to belong.
Ultimately a nation divided cannot be brought together by one man, but rather it must be brought together by showing kindness to each other, regardless of political belief, race, gender etc. With over 300 milion in the U.S, people simply do not become "united" because a leader says so. Rather it is up to the people. At this point we can't even rely on Hollywood to promote unity for they themselves have proven to be enlisted in the efforts to divide the country. We cannot rely on the mainstream media who's owners are paid to incite racism (CNN's Don Lemon suggesting the disabled Trump Supporter being tortured "isn't evil", or the recent fake news about the MLK Jr's bust being removed from the White House apparently for the purpose of adding fuel to the flames of the protests). It is the peacemakers, the brave souls of the world who are willing to embrace each other despite differences, who will unite the nation. I think the healing must start with random acts of kindness towards those we hate the most and this MUST happen from both sides.
WHY I BELIEVE TRUMP WON THE PRESIDENCY AS EARLY AS AUGUST 2016
During the Lousiana floods when Trump and Pence went down to help distribute items to the public personally, I got huge criticism both publicly and in private, for praising Trump. At that time I told people on Facebook that this will secure Trump's victory. It didn't matter if Trump was there for a publicity shoot. At the time Obama was also having a very different publicity shoot whether he liked it or not. Obama was pictured playing golf, Clinton was nowhere to be found, and Trump and Pence were in Lousiana helping distribute items to the people. I knew that if the elections were fair Trump would win. Anyone with even an smidgen of knowledge in marketing knew that Trump knew what he was doing. Then again Trump has not always been the best at personal relations so I could be totally wrong. Let me be clear that I am not trying to critizize Clinton or Obama. I am merely saying that for the sake of appearances, Trump's visit to Lousiana during the floods and being filmed personally handing out items to the people, secured his win over Lousiana, and possibly neighboring states.
This was important, not only for his campaign, but for the appearance of the Republican party since years previously, George Bush Jr. was heavily criticised for a lacklustre response to Hurricane Katrina.
Regardless I was not wrong. At the time of writing Trump is now the President of the U.S. We can shout Putin and Russia all day long, but I find this a little disrespectful to the millions of people that voted for Trump across such a huge nation, including Lousiana. Trump was mocked constantly for fearing that the elections would be rigged against him. Trump supporters were considered pathetic for thinking the election could be rigged. Clinton mocked him on this in the debates. Obama himself came out and said it was virtually impossible to hack the voting machines. While initially I was unconvinced, I guess I may have no choice but to agree with Obama on that one point. Could Russia have hacked the machines? Possibly. Yet on the side of the left, Scott Foval and Bob Creamer may also have been engaged in rigging elections, since Foval claimed they'd been rigging the elections for over 50 years. There may have been multiple sources of manipulation, from both sides. Whether these allegations will be investigated remains to be seen.
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