The unimaginable happened: On Nov. 8 2016, America elected a man who said “grab them by the p***y” over someone who could’ve been the first female president.
Against all odds and projections, Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States — finally proving America would rather have an alleged rapist and admitted sexual assaulter in the White House than a woman with decades of political experience.
Trump’s victory is perhaps one of the biggest upsets in the U.S. history. Despite being mired in a heap of scandals, gaffes and over a dozen sexual assault accusations, the real estate mogul managed to seize 276 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, only won 218.
How did this even happen?
From the Republican officials who supported Trump’s candidacy to the voters who made the unimaginable possible — we are all to blame. We elected the man who bragged about grabbing women “by the p***y” and proposed to ban 1.3 billion people of an entire religion from entering the country as our commander-in-chief.
We brought this upon ourselves.
The fact that Trump doesn’t have any military or political experience didn’t matter in the end. Neither did his shamelessness over avoiding payment of taxes.
Hatred and anger fueled his election campaign — hatred against Latinos, against African Americans, against Muslims, against immigrants … basically, he spewed poison against anyone who was not a white male Catholic.
Tragically, that is exactly what ended up handing him the fate of the country.
The former reality TV star-turned-GOP candidate declared climate change a hoax created by China, pledged to take away health care coverage from 20 million people with no discernible plans to replace it, called for more torture and related techniques to deal with inmates, called for using nukes and allegedly violated Cuban embargo, then lied about it.
The controversial president-elect also fat-shamed former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, suggested women need “some form of punishment” for abortion, mocked a disabled reporter at a rally, delivered racist remarks about a judge, called Mexicans “rapists” and insulted a Gold Star family.
Twelve women (at last count) have accused Trump of inappropriate sexual behavior. One of his alleged victims claim the sexist businessman repeatedly raped her in 1994 when she was just 13.
The list just goes on.
So, the question we should be asking isn’t how this happened but why it happened.
Clinton’s email scandal, blown out of proportion by the media, was nowhere near as troublesome as all the illogical things her adversary said before and during his presidential campaign.
Was the idea of a woman sitting in the Oval Office so repugnant that the voters opted to choose a man who doesn’t even pay his taxes over a former secretary of state with years of political experience? Are we ever going to grow out of this bubble of sexism?
Sadly, if we haven’t done it by now, chances are we’ll never succeed.
The CNN exit polls, collected from a sample of 24,537 respondents at 350 polling places, show that white people of nearly all ages, genders, and education levels voted Trump.
College-educated white women remained the only exception.
Whites made up 70 percent of voters, 58 percent of whom chose the Republican candidate. Meanwhile, 21 percent of non-whites also voted red. Similarly, among white men who made up 34 percent of voters, 63 percent voted Trump while 31 percent voted Clinton. Among white women (37 percent), 53 percent voted for Trump and 43 percent chose Clinton.
On the other hand, Clinton won 88 percent of the black vote, which was down from President Obama's 93 percent support in 2012. Trump only won 8 percent of the black vote, which did not come as much of a surprise.
Clinton also won 65 percent of the Latino vote compared to Trump’s 29 percent.
These stats are a clear indicator that apart from gender discrimination, race and ethnicity also played a major part in this election.
In fact, former Imperial Wizard of Ku Klux Klan summed Trump’s presidency up rather nicely:
It looks like the beginning of a new era for white supremacy — and it is absolutely terrifying.