…And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider”. For the next four years, the President of the United States, the same office held by Washington and Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK and Barack Obama, will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and the numbers will be legion.) We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world.
Many of us woke up this morning feeling defeated. We struggled to think of a future, we struggled with what to tell children. It seems Oscar-winning screenwriters are right there with us. Today, an email sent by Aaron Sorkin to his daughter Roxy and ex-wife Julia is making the rounds throughout Hollywood and NYC.