The Central Intelligence Agency has announced that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election to secure victory for Donald J. Trump.
This means that Trump’s past Twitter rants against the validity of the election outcome have been entirely hypocritical and self-telling; our election has been rigged.
The media is raving about it. All the big-timers can’t stop talking about it. Former CIA acting director Michael Morell called election, the “political equivalent of 9/11”. However, no one seems to be paying attention to the cutting opprobrium. It is surreal how quiet our streets have become, how quickly our calls for justice have subsided since November 8th. Our cries have been blurred out, in dazed disbelief and feel-good Christmas music.
It feels almost hypocritical to talk about the election on The Huffington Post. After all, HuffPost was among the top mainstream media sources that got it wrong. People are questioning the very reliability of news, as if anybody expected FBI to exhume the Clinton email investigation mere days before the election. We have not expected Russia to hack our election either. Let’s admit it: we are a little too burnt out after living through the horror that is 2016.
Here’s what I have to say: Over 2016, we have built up a deadly tolerance for injustice.
On June 16th, 2015, Donald Trump was seen as an unbelievable presidential candidate. His hate speech dubbing illegal Mexican immigrants as rapists earned him a reputation as a far-right advocate. Regardless of political alignment, more Americans started listening. The news reported his every word and action.
By August, his rallies were drawing large crowds, especially in the South and the Midwest. Despite his cringeworthy tweets and his disturbing record in objectifying women, Muslims, and even refugees, his popularity continued to soar.
By October, he had 1/4 of Republican support. Yet, as his offensive rhetoric fueled hate-motivated crimes across the nation, most liberals refused to accept that he had a very good chance of winning, fairly or not. Meanwhile, Trump developed a more radical solution to the so-called epidemic of Muslim terrorists in the United States. The proposed Muslim database drew much support and criticism but failed to bring enough traction for definitive liberal action.
On February 25th, 2016, Grand Wizard David Duke of the KKK formally endorsed the then candidate. Trump publicly declined to denounce Duke. He then went on to campaign for the Louisiana senate.
By Super Tuesday, Trump had already won over New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia.
By mid 2016, Clinton and Trump were wrestling for majority. Editorials discredited polls indicating the disturbing possibility of his victory. Somehow, silent dissent and reckless denial produced a mind-numbing agent of nonintervention.
In short, American liberals and moderate conservatives have watched as the atrocities of the Trump campaign mounted. In December 2016, they have ceased to be outraged.
There are so many issues that are yet to be resolved in the aftermath of the election. We witnessed that Hillary Clinton is more than 2 million popular votes ahead of Donald Trump. Prominent Republicans like Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus are turning a blind eye to the atrocities committed to the democracy they say they serve.
Yet, we stay dormant. Obstructions of justice surround us, yet we are strangely immune to the impact it has on our communities. It is intolerable how a nation can be so silent, faced with the infringement of their most valued principles.
The result of this election is enough proof that the American public no longer listens to celebrities, pundits, journalists. This is why we cannot wait to be rescued by people of authority. We need to realize that we have an equal responsibility to take control of our government as those in the White House. If we do not try to defend democracy, the last people standing in the next four years will be lobbyists and war-mongers.
Donald J. Trump’s campaign is the dirty epitome of the privilege and bigotry present in our current society. For the last year and a half, we have watched him upsurge from the gold-plated Trump Towers to the steps of the White House. Now, the president-elect has sold our country and constructed a faux-government. it is time for us, ordinary Americans, to reevaluate the impacts we can make when we protest together.