Donald Trump won? Yeah, I voted for him, and not because he was the lesser of two evils. Trump is not evil, and neither is Hillary Clinton, but we have created a culture in America that really showed forth its ugliness this election season – and I am glad it is over.
It is still hard for me to speak about being a Trump supporter, primarily because he was not my first choice, or my second. However, the will of the people spoke and he was the victor on Nov. 8.
I can understand why some Americans feel disappointed. The words that Trump spoke over the 18-month election cycle I bet he wished he could take back or rephrase. I am sure he has seen that stick and stones may break people’s bones and that words can truly hurt them. Had Trump not mocked the reporter, made the all-encompassing statement about Mexicans immigrants being murderers and rapists, and not stated publicly his remarks about women in his released “locker room” audio tape, he would have been received better by the American people. These words haunt him even now.
Hours after Hillary’s concession speech, people took to the streets of New York and other cities protesting the election – their right to do. People were upset and hurt, and I get that – but I do not get being upset and hurt to the point where they demagogued themselves as victims.
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This victimhood ideology is what drives a lot of the leftist machine and what pits one group against another. These George Soros- sponsored rallies feed the spirit of victimhood. Durham Public Schools, where I work, sent its teachers an e-mail informing us to send students to guidance if students needed “support” after the election. If you are a DPS parent you received that Connect-Ed message on your phone. I did!
I did not allow myself to become a victim, although I was upset with the 2008 and 2012 Obama election and reelection. There were many people that I know that did not vote for Obama in 2008 that were upset. But now eight years later, the left is asking for the end of the Electoral College, a recount, calling Trump unqualified to hold office and blockading streets and highways. On Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, many shoppers were prevented from shopping on Black Friday as those that demanded $15/hr. minimum wage protested.
Durham Public Schools – where was my phone call, my e-mail in 2008 when Obama won? I have not liked these past eight years while Obama was president, my president. But even though I did not vote for him he is still my president, unlike the mockery made by many protesters now that Trump is not their president. Durham Public Schools let me answer that question – I am not a victim, so I did not need that support.
Last week I saw area students on television expressing concern about the election. Although Trump’s name was not spoken, it was implied. They were sad and spoke of justice. I even saw one of my students in the ad. In 2020 many of them including my student will be able to vote. The sting of 2016 will be over, but the Band-Aid of victim-hood will remain – maybe?
No! I am not drinking the GOP Kool-Aid, but I agree with most of their policies. Nor am I a sell-out or an Uncle Tom. The GOP state conventions I have attended have felt more like church and family reunions than what the media would make you think. It is a choice that many of our black ancestors after slavery embraced with pride after the Civil War. Over 85 percent of slaves were in the Republican Party after the war, even holding state offices in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama – the Deep South.
Once these gains were achieved guess what happened? There were individuals that did not like this change and wanted to suppress the black vote, giving rise to the birth of the Ku Klux Klan. Over time blacks stopped voting as Jim Crow laws in the South began. All of these changes brought forth by the Democratic Party and progressive thinking.
I am optimistic where America can go and will pray that Trump can help make America great again. I did the same in 2008 when Obama won. Ultimately I know where my help comes from, and as a believer in the Most High I always put my trust in Him. In Him I am victorious and not a victim!
Terry McCann lives in Durham.