Those may be the three scariest words in the English language. Unfortunately, they are also reality for the next four years.
The pundits will spend countless hours trying to figure out just what combination of events led Trump to pull the most stunning political upset since Truman’s defeat of Dewey in 1948. Was it that Clinton was too damaged and establishment of a candidate? Was it that the polls seriously underestimated Trump’s appeal? Was it that white working class voters were making one last stand for dominance, motivated by hate? Was it the economy, improving but slowly?
In the end, it doesn’t much matter. (And Queerty will take our hits for being among the legions who got it wrong.) What we will have over the next four years–or at least the next two–is a government completely in the hands of the Republican party. The Supreme Court? Antonin Scalia will look like Bernie Sanders compared to his replacement.
Obamacare? Hope you have good insurance through your employer.
Russia? Let’s have our pal Putin over for a slumber party in the Lincoln Room.
What does it all mean for us? As with so much else in Trumpland, it’s almost impossible to tell. Trump has sent so many mixed signals in a campaign characterized by chaos that what actually happens when he takes over the reins of government simply can’t be predicted.
On the one hand, Trump doesn’t really seem to hate us the way he genuinely hates many other groups, like immigrants, Muslims, and Latinos. In fact, Trump made a favorable remark about us at the Republican convention. At his rallies, his campaign distributed LGBTQs for Trump signs, an unimaginable turn of events from previous GOP presidential campaigns. These aren’t the marks of a man who bears us the deep-seated ill will of a hard-core homophobe.