Let us all mourn the day that the Fanta fuckwit came into power. I had to share the above blog post with you all. I hope you read it, it’s well worth it.
A letter to my sons.
Hey boys. Your aged mother (well, I’m 44) needs to get this off her chest.
I’ve been a little bit upset since Wednesday. I’ve cried a lot and I’ve been very grumpy. Yes, I know. Grumpier than normal. That’s baaaaad right? There is a very serious reason for all of this. That cheese Dorito coloured asshat Donald Trump has been elected as President of the United States of America. That’s filled me with a sense of fear and disbelief.
Now, I’ll get a fair amount (if that many people read this) of abuse for telling you that I’m scared. Well tough. You are 18 and 16 so you are old enough to hear this and to cope with the occasional profanity that may come out of my mouth. You are my kids and I decide what I say to you, not some keyboard warrior with nothing better to do.
On the 9th November, we woke up to the unthinkable news that Donald J Trump had become the 45th president of the United States of America. I remember that I just went icy cold, started shaking and burst into tears. How could this happen? Everyone was so sure (myself included) that we would be waking up to the words “Madam President”. Yet against all the odds, the ever orange one with shares in L’Oreal hairspray had won.
Why did this happen? How could so many women, Hispanics, people of colour, Muslims, environmentalists and LGBTQ all vote for Trump? By their vote alone, Hillary should have romped home. She should have been tap dancing up the White House lawn. But this didn’t happen. Why didn’t it?
Here is one thing we know: Donald Trump, against all odds, will be the next President of the United States.
That’s a fact. How exactly it came to be is an open question. There will be dozens of books written about the real estate magnate’s path to the White House. From his trampling of the Republican primary field to a convincing electoral victory over Hillary Clinton after a shockingly nasty general election campaign, some could arrive in volumes.
1. He won because of Facebook and its inability or unwillingness to crack down on fake news
Via New York Magazine: The social network and others like it became a clearinghouse for fake news. Not simple partisan spin, but outright lies peddled as objective truth by shady actors both inside the US and abroad.
2. Because of social media, generally
Via right-wing commentator Stefan Molyneux: The medium made the man — much as radio won the presidency for Franklin Roosevelt and television boosted John Kennedy, social media allowed Trump and his allies to drive the narrative.
3. Because of low voter turnout
Via multiple sources on social media: For a variety of reasons, from an enthusiasm gap to voter suppression, turnout in 2016 was lower across the board, but especially among Democrats. And it cost Clinton the election.
4. Because celebrity outlasts substance
Via Quartz: Trump’s name ID, celebrity and media-savvy overmatched Clinton’s policy acumen and data-driven turnout operation.
5. Because of white women
Via Slate: They were just as “racist” as their white male counterparts, with whom they identify more than women from minority groups.
6. Because of white male resentment
Via The Nation: Forget economic anxiety — exit polls show people making the least money voted for Clinton — and focus on identity. The best evidence lies in Trump and his supporters’ calls to “take our country back.”
7. Because of Russia after all?
Via The Washington Post: The Russian deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, said in an interview with state media that, contrary to Trump’s denials, “quite a few” people from his “entourage” have “been staying in touch with Russian representatives.”
8. Because the left and coastal elites shamed Trump supporters
Via The New York Times: The left has pressed on with an “ideology of shame” directed at the right, most notably now Trump supporters.
In short: “The racism, sexism and xenophobia used by Mr. Trump to advance his candidacy does not reveal an inherent malice in the majority of Americans.”
9. Because rural Midwesterners don’t get out of the house enough
Via Patrick Thornton of Roll Call: It’s not just that elites are abandoning or ignoring Middle America — the “rural midwest” is doing the same, becoming more isolated and resistant to the diversity (of identity and thought) on the coasts.
10. Because the Democratic Party establishment didn’t push Bernie Sanders
Via The Huffington Post: By raising up Clinton over Sanders, the Democratic Party establishment (and its voters?) showed they favored the company and support of comfortable professionals over those beset by economic injustice.
11. Because Reagan Democrats surged in Michigan and Midwest
Via former U.N. ambassador John Bolton: The so-called “Reagan Democrats” — white, working class voters who tend to lean Democrat but bend right for special candidates like Ronald Reagan and, now, Trump — are the story of this election.
12. Not because of millennials
Via the Boston Globe: But do blame the media for focusing too much on them and not enough on the older white males who were the great, underreported story of 2016.
13. Because of Gary Johnson and Jill Stein
Via Vanity Fair: Clinton lost for lots of reasons, most notably the millions of voters who turned out for Johnson and Stein, thus denying the Democratic support she might have received in narrowly lost states like Pennsylvania.
14. Because political correctness set off a nasty backlash
Via Reason: Trump’s promise to “destroy” political correctness, which has run rampant on college campuses and other more liberal enclaves, won him the culture war and, thus, the presidency.
15. Because he simply listened to the American people
Via right radio host John Cardillo: The political class (on the coasts) did not listen to or care enough for Middle America. Trump did. So he won.
16. Because college educated Americans are out of touch
Via the Alaska Dispatch News: Trump spoke to working-class voters, here mostly defined as those without college degrees, about the things they cared about: religion, liberty, marriage, sexuality, abortion and gun rights. And because “professorial sorts” who have spent time at universities drift into an “insular political culture,” their candidate was doomed to lose.
17. Because Americans are biased — but not against any race, ethnicity or gender
Via The Resurgent: The election was, simply, a referendum on the ruling class in Washington, D.C. None of the other issues, be they cultural or racial, came close to mattering as much.
18. Because voters believed the system was corrupt
Via The (UK) Daily Telegraph: Voters believed their political apparatus was corrupt and Trump was the only one who reliably affirmed that belief and promised to fix it.
19. Because he remembered ‘forgotten men, women’ of America
Via FirstPost: While Hillary Clinton held campaign rallies with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Trump was out talking about the “forgotten” working class, which in turn exacted a “revenge” on the political elite by voting for him.
20. Because Democrats focused more on turning out supporters than growing the base
Via In These Times: The party and the left “have given up/abandoned/lost touch with the working class” — as evidenced by their lame effort to persuade people outside their base. By focusing on them, Democrats ceded all else.
21. Because the Democratic National Committee selected the less competitive candidate
Via WikiLeaks on Twitter: The party tipped the scales for Clinton, thus “defeating the purpose of running a primary” and in turn denying Sanders, a better candidate, the chance to win.
22. Not because of racism
Via Bloomberg View: Never mind the backlash to the country’s first African-American president, this wasn’t about race in the slightest. If race were an issue, then Obama wouldn’t have won two terms and many of the states Trump himself prevailed in on Tuesday.
23. Because of Comey
Via USA Today: The FBI director’s decision to revive the Clinton email circus with a letter to Congress two weeks before Election Day killed the Democrat’s momentum and derailed her plans to finish the campaign with a more uplifting message. It also distracted from things like Trump’s comments in the “Access Hollywood” tape.
24. Not because of Comey
Via The Washington Post: Clinton lost because exit polls showed more than half of voters believed she was “corrupt.” And that was her own fault, not Comey’s.
Any one of these suggestions could be the reason that he won. It could be a combination of some or all of them. Whatever the reasons, I am sickened by the fact he won. Each and every person who voted for him ought to hang their heads in shame and disgust.
What we are saying by a Trump vote is that it is OK to verbally or physically attack someone because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. Bullshit! Fuck that!!! It is so NOT ok! It is not OK to yell racist taunts or touch a woman without her consent. It is not OK to put your hands on another person without their consent. Ever.
People tell me I have no right to be scared of Trump because I’m Scottish. Well excuse me for being afraid of a psychopath with the nuclear codes in his pocket. World peace is EVERYBODY’S business, it really is!
Why have I written this letter? I want you to know that it is OK to say HELL NO!!! It is OK to rage against the dying of the light. It is OK to fight back!!!
As I write this, people across the USA are protesting against Trump and his presidency. They are fighting back. What we have to do is stand with them. We have to speak out against Trump and do it globally!
If he builds that wall, then we have to be ready to tear it down.
I want you to read this and know that we will never stop fighting. All it takes for evil to prosper is that good men do nothing.
Love you boys.
A short, but a very angry blog post. Seriously America what the fuck??? How could you? Don’t you know what you’ve just unleashed on the world?
Seriously. Enough already! People need to stop tiptoeing around these issues. I am quite open about the fact that I have severe physical health issues and also mental health issues. I’m very lucky to have a small, close knit group of friends who understand what I am going through because they, like me, have seen the film and got the t-shirt. They really help to keep me from losing it.
I can talk to them. Every single day we can talk about what ails us. We can talk about our pain safe in the knowledge that someone is going to be there to hold us up and give us the love and support that we need at any given time. With our mental health issues too. We can talk about our bogeymen and our demons without anyone judging or laughing at us.
Yet if we talk about any of those things outside of our group, then eyes get rolled and people tut. We are accused of moaning and complaining. We are told that we should suck it up and suffer in silence. People who do not understand will tiptoe around these issues and expect us to bury our complaints and tiptoe around the illness and it’s symptoms. Well hell no!!!
Enough already. People can bitch to the world that they have a cold and how ill they feel. Yet we must suffer in silence and on top of that, also sugar coat what we say so that it’s palatable for other people to swallow.
Enough. We should not have to hide how we suffer just to make other people feel better. Like now. I’ll tell you that it feels like all my muscles are wrapped in barbed wire and each and every one of my nerves feels like they have been dipped in acid. To cap it off it feels like little men with crowbars are trying to prise open my joints and I have a pride of lions chewing in my lumbar spine. That’s pretty much every day for me.
Oh, lets talk about the elephant in the room – mental health. I have just about clawed my way back from being on the edge of a nervous breakdown. I’m thinking about things and I feel so physically sick that my mind is fractured and shattered into thousands of tiny pieces. Paranoia haunts me. I feel like I’m a useless fat lump. I hate myself. PTSD from a lifetime of abuse from the two men who should have loved and protected me more than any others. That rages in my mind. Bipolar type 1 also rules me. But I have to fight as hard as I can. They will not beat me. Those men took my innocence but they will not take my life.
So anyone with chronic health issues, hear me. Be loud and proud. You don’t have to sugar coat how you feel to make other people feel better!
I heard a rumour that Peter Andre had gone through the simulation of labour pains. Apparently he did it to try and have a better understanding of how his wife will feel when she has their baby in just a couple of weeks.
Now I watched the clip on the U.K TV show, Loose Women. I’ve never been a huge fan of the show, but this sealed the deal for me.
There were a load of bitchy women (including the presents) cackling rabidly every time he was put through a contraction simulation. I’m sorry but this is so out of order, it really is.
Please tell me how it is OK to laugh at another human being in so much pain? Oh, that’s right, it isn’t. The lot of them screaming and cackling like harpies made me furious. If a woman was either being put through that simulation or actually giving birth, then not one person would laugh.
Sexism works both ways people, and neither of them are acceptable. Get a grip or yourselves for f**k’s sake!
Seriously, what the hell? Who decided to agree with that dayglo orange buffoon that he would be a suitable candidate for POTUS? Everyday that goes by, another skeleton falls out of his closet and shows him up as the sexist, misogynistic, racist, bigoted moron that he truly is.
Today has been one of the most illuminating ones of all when it comes to shining a light on the depths of how depraved he truly is.
Transcripts from shock jock Howard Stern’s radio show have been released and they regale the reader with many vile examples of things La Donald has said and done. Here is a link to the vile things he said …
Trump’s comments to Howard Stern
However, sadly this isn’t the worst of it. Unless you have had your head in the sand for the last 24 hours, you have most likely heard of the tape released by the Washington Post about how Trump feels about treating women, all because he is famous…
Donald Trump’s lewd comments
How can anybody accept this? People do though. There have people saying that they don’t care what he said. They will still vote for him. They claim to be staunch Christians. Really? How can you claim to be Christian when you stand with the devil?
Nigel Farage (the boil on the ass of British politics) said that this was “how all men talk”. Erm, no Nigel, it isn’t. It really isn’t.
After the release of the Trump tapes, there has been a surge of posts on Twitter of women sharing horrible stories about them being assaulted sexually at an early age. This is NOT ok people!!!
Sadly these tweets reveal how endemic and casually accepted sexual assaults are by (mostly) men in the world today. People, teach your children that they must ALWAYS repel an advance/touching that you do not want or feels wrong. Lash out, protect yourself and TELL SOMEONE!!! Teach your children that is NEVER ok to touch/treat another human being in this way. America MUST make a stand against Trump and they simply must accept that this (or any) level of abuse is not OK. Because it isn’t. It really isn’t!!!
If you hate Hillary Clinton so much that you cannot bring yourself to vote for her, then fine. Don’t. JUST DONT VOTE FOR TRUMP!!! Show him and the rest of the world that this behaviour must never and will never be OK.
After having been online this morning, I have noticed the world seems to have its collective panties in a bunch over the break up of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Are you kidding me here people? Get a grip!How can you possibly be so het up about the state of a marriage of two people that you never did and never will know? It has nothing to do with you! With everything that is going on in this world, even papers like The Guardian are glorifying the separation of a family. They also bring up Jennifer Anniston and rehash a decade old feud. This is so wrong!
People really need to reprioritise. The current crisis in Syria is enough with anything else.
Calm yourself people and worry about something that might actually affect you and that matters!
I’m seriously exhausted. My eyes keep on closing of their own volition and my mind aches with tiredness.
I’m also caught in the middle of being the most worried that I have ever been. Someone that I love with all my heart and soul is suddenly ill and I’m terrified. This person is my soulmate and my world. The thought that there may be something wrong with them is filling my soul with dark, sick anxiety that is destroying me from the inside. I wish it was me and not them.
My pain has been really bad today and my kneecap dislocated this morning so I have roboleg (my leg brace) on. I don’t care about my pain today. I only care about the one I love being OK.
Please, let them be OK.
I’m really grateful to every single person who reads the book reviews/blog posts I write.
I just need to get this point out… This is my blog. It is my little space of the Internet where I can say what is chewing me out. If I come to your blog, I respect your space, even if I don’t agree with what you have to say.
So please, have the same respect for me. Thank you.
Yes, people are slut shaming and saying some pretty bloody horrible things about Melania Trump (or Melania Knauss as she was known). But that is not the point here. There is major level hypocrisy right here… this is the issue.
Let me get one thing perfectly clear. I don’t give a hoot how naked Melania gets. She is a gorgeous woman and she looked absolutely stunning in those pictures.
The issue is this. People (mainly Republicans) have been saying “Hey, so what? She got naked. She is going to be a great First Lady. Just because she got butt naked, that shouldn’t stop her getting into the White House.”
Yup, absolutely right. Agree with that 100%.
However, we need to stop and step back here. We need to look at the bigger picture. Look at Michele Obama. Look at the vile things that were said about here when sh dared to pose for official photographs in a sleeveless gown. She looked classy and stunning. Yet republicans hurled abuse and said some utterly vile things about her. How dare she expose so much flesh? Then the issue of the colour of her skin became part of the abuse. Then they started to criticise how muscular her arms were, and how disgusting it was the a First Lady did press ups on the floor!!! There was then the issue of her wearing shorts on a hike. Again, she was exposing way too much flesh!
Can you imagine if Michele Obama had ever posed nude in any way, shape or form? Can you imagine the abuse? The sheer level of body shaming? She would never have got within 100 miles of the White House. Hypocrisy much people??? How is this different?
The issue isn’t about Melania’s nudity. It is about absence of hypocrisy and ability/appropriateness to fill a role. Which Michele Obama has done. Despite the fact she dared to bear her arms!