"Over the moon" about Trump's victory
Someone told me they were 'over the moon' at Trump's victory.
I was dumbfounded. This was my response:
I teach my children to respect others, regardless of race, religion or gender.
A man who has been recorded disrespecting women in the worst, most mysoginistic way; who denigrates the followers of an entire religion; who paints a whole ethnic group as 'rapists' and 'thieves' has just been elected US President.
I teach my children to respect differences of opinion and resolve disagreements peacefully through debate.
A man who encourages his followers to beat up those who attend his rallies to protest has been elected US President.
I teach my children to be honest, I encourage them never to lie.
A man who has been caught lying with impunity on numerous occasions has just been elected US President.
I teach my children to abide by the law, to respect the police and to trust in judicial process.
A man who has said he would jail his opponent on charges that have already been investigated and proven not to be criminal, with no regard to police investigation or due legal process has been elected US President.
The only comfort I can draw is that I teach my children to trust the democratic process, to respect the results of free and fair elections and that is what I will do today.
Even though a man who throughout his campaign refused to confirm he would gracefully accept the result if he lost and cried foul about a 'rigged' system being stacked against him has been elected US President. There, yet again, I can prove that man was wrong.
So please tell me what there is to be 'over the moon' about.
Today it feels for me, and much more importantly for my children, that as a consequence of this man's views, their lives became that little bit less bright. That little bit less tolerant. That little bit harder.