Presidential elections are a long drawn out affair. In the age of instant news and constant coverage, the campaigns seem longer, and people are becoming more emotionally invested. Make no mistake; it sucks to be on the losing end of a presidential campaign. The 2012 election is one I was certain was winnable and thought Mitt Romney had a good chance. When he lost (and relatively quickly at that), it was like a punch in the face.
That evening was spent watching Obama supporters basking in his win on both television and social media. It was not, to say the least, a fun night. But once the evening ended, I went to sleep and woke up the next day, treating it like any other day. There was work to be done and a life to lead, and I did so, despite the lousy feelings I had the night before.
Therefore, it is understandable, the sense of sadness, Hillary supporters had following her defeat to Donald Trump. It feels even worse after “knowing” there was no way she could lose to somebody like Trump. But she did. And it hurt. Some people were in tears. Some were angry. Some were angry enough to protest (and some were lucky enough to be paid to do it). All of which is reasonable in light of pollsters and experts saying she would cruise to a win.
Somewhere along the way, however, Clinton supporters (and even some #NeverTrump Republicans) lost their way and appeared in some cases to have lost their collective minds.
The United States has endured much in its short 227-year history. A mere seventy-one years after the founding of our nation, the country erupted into The Civil War that nearly tore the country apart. The country endured two World Wars in the span of 25 years and in between, suffer through the effects of the Great Depression. The Korean War, a presidential assassination, and the Vietnam War followed. We survived Watergate, the Cold War, recessions and the 9/11 attacks. The United States and its people are strong.
I am proud to live in a country that can not only survive all of this but thrive in the face of it. As such, it makes me sick to my stomach to see some people acting as if the election of Donald Trump is some horrid event the country cannot possibly survive.
There are many echoing the sentiments of some more famous people in the country, and what they’re saying is just mind-numbingly stupid. As much respect as I have for Robert De Niro as an actor, his judgment on politically related matters is about as sound as running the hair dryer while taking a bath. De Niro had the audacity to say, “I feel like I did after 9/11.”
Really? The results of a presidential election have you feeling like you did after 3,000 people were slaughtered by terrorists on a single day? De Niro was not the only one to express this imbecilic point of view. I’ve seen several people use this comparison and you know what they should do? They should all get together, find the families of 9/11 victims and apologize for peeing on the memories of their loved ones.
Sarah Silverman got in on the act as well. She tweeted the following:
For a lot of people, this is the Great Depression, but this time it's emotional & physical. Our bodies r breaking down w fear & rage…
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 16, 2016
It took me several moments to gather my thoughts about what Silverman said. For a brief moment, I felt like Anthony in the movie ‘Casino.’ Joe Pesci’s character, Nicky Santoro, put Anthony’s head in a vise and squeezed his head to the point his eye popped out of his skull.
Forget the level of mental masturbation it took even to begin to think this; she reached a level of fatuousness that could likely be measured on some scale. To make matters worse, as with De Niro, some people agree with her. It’s like a smorgasbord of idiocy.
People, get the hell over yourselves. This was a presidential election. We have them every four years. If the system we have in this country can withstand a civil war, it can certainly handle Donald J. Trump. Are there valid reasons to be concerned about what he’ll do, once he assumes office? Certainly. I share some of those concerns, and people have the responsibility to speak out in those cases whether they voted for Donald Trump or not.
But to compare the election of Trump to some of the greatest challenges we’ve faced as a nation is just silly. The pearl-clutching and hand-wringing is only going to embolden Trump supporters and turn those who might otherwise be sympathetic to the concerns over Trump into people who will not respond to cries of wolf.
This country has seen more endured more than Donald Trump, so get over yourselves already. It’s not that bad.