. . . . was a truly awful day.
One of my favorite people told me that each person in her three-person family voted for a different candidate. Her husband voted for the Human Stain. She excused him by telling me that he did so because he was hoping for a better future for small businesses, and that while it is true the Human Stain denigrated various segments of the population, he personally was voting for the economy and not for anything else the Human Stain may represent.
Jamelle Bouie, political reporter at Slate: “There is No Such Thing as a Good Trump Voter.” His point:
Whether Trump’s election reveals an “inherent malice” in his voters is irrelevant. What is relevant are the practical outcomes of a Trump presidency. Trump campaigned on state repression of disfavored minorities . . . . If you voted for Trump, you voted for this, regardless of what you believe about the groups in question. That you have black friends or Latino colleagues, that you think yourself to be tolerant and decent, doesn’t change the fact that you voted for racist policy that may affect, change, or harm their lives. And on that score, your frustration at being labeled a racist doesn’t justify or mitigate the moral weight of your political choice . . . . To insist Trump’s backers are good people is to treat their inner lives with more weight than the actual lives on the line under a Trump administration. At best, it’s myopic and solipsistic. At worst, it’s morally grotesque.
Well, I guess I don’t have anything else to add to this. Thank you, Mr. Bouie, for your superbly intelligent and sharp articulation of how I feel about those 59 million people.