(Please note that the above photo is meant to be a humorous illustration of some of the themes of this post. I don't care that it is Photoshopped. This is an opinion blog, not the Washington Post.)
Here's a fun game that you can play while you're waiting for the four NASCAR drivers of the apocalypse to make an appearance at your front door:
Whenever someone says that poor people worried about the economy voted in Donald Trump, you say "I think you mean poor WHITE people." When they say that working class people felt forgotten by the Democratic Party, you say "I think you mean working class WHITE people." You do this to anyone in your life who is regurgitating the media's dangerously wrong talking points about how what happened in 2016 was definitely not THEIR fault. Hell, for bonus points, you could yell corrections at your TV screen too, but damn kittens I recommend you save your screaming voice for when you are sucked into the flaming pools of totalitarian shit that used to be the United States of America.
My point is, take every opportunity to remind everyone you can that what happened in this election was a giant white people takeback of what they think is theirs. People of color didn't fall for any of Trump's trumpeting about bringing back jobs, or fixing the economy. They know a carny shill when they see one. And the only reason white people couldn't see the con is because they didn't want to.
A coworker of mine, who is an engineer, and an escapee from Kansas, lamented to me that his sisters voted for Trump. They did so, he said, because they're "single issue voters," when it comes to abortion.
Now, clearly he's got his heart in the right place, and I'm not going to talk shit about anyone's sister to their face, but it's always funny to me how people who have multiple degrees and who make a living knowing how shit works are frequently so bad at knowing how shit works. Because does my coworker really think that, if Trump had been pro-choice - which he was as recently as 2 seconds before he said he wasn't - does my coworker really think that his sisters would not have voted for him?
Because bullshit. Because of course they would have. Because their principles are fictitious. Just like all the principled Evangelicals who we were told might stay home from the polls, and the principled Mormons who we were told might make Utah go 3rd party, and the principled GOP whoevers who denounced Trump the candidate while conveniently neglecting to denounce what he stood for. All those principled conservatives who, in the end, fell over themselves in their rush to vote for the most embarrassing leader of the free world since George W forgot how doors work.
Yeah, white people showed their true color on Election Day, and now they're acting as if it's 1861, and the Mason-Dixon line is now being drawn at the Canadian border. And they weren't emboldened by Trump's stance on clean coal and the TPP. They were emboldened by anger. They were angry at the black president for being the boss of them. They were angry that the country, collectively, may have to admit that the police operate under the same bullshit assumptions that they do. They were angry that immigrants dare ask for the same consideration that their own immigrant predecessors received. They were angry that theoretical cake bakers might have to bake gay cakes. And yes, fucking yes, they were angry that a woman dared to think she could raise her hand and say "The most qualified person is me."
For eight years they've been saying that they wanted their country back, and kittens, they just took it. They took it because Democrats believe in equal rights, and a better life, for people who aren't them. And we let them do it, we held the door open for them and let them take everything away while we quibbled over which kind of locks to install.
The Republicans won because they were scared shitless that we would enforce our agenda.
The Democrats lost because the Republicans cared more about our agenda than we did.