I sit here still incredulous.
Somehow, impossibly, contrary to every prediction I have made over the past 18 months, contrary to almost every poll and survey and projection available, Donald Trump became the newpresident-elect of the United States.
I have no idea how it happened. I held firm the whole time, never losing faith in America’s ability to humour the notion but never actually buy into it. I was so sure he wouldn’t last through the primaries. I was also sure he would never become the Republican candidate. Even after being proven wrong, I was still sure he’d drop out before Election Day, knowing the embarrassing trouncing he’d endure on November 8. And even after he didn’t drop out, I was 100 per cent confident he wouldn’t win.
As I sat watching the coverage, starting around suppertime, I was so confident in a Clinton win that I didn’t even give a Trump victory a second thought. When results started to come in, I still wasn’t fazed; it was early, I declared. He expected wins in those states, no big deal. When I saw it was going to be close, I was surprised but still not worried. Talk to me at 10 p.m. and see what the tally is, I said.
Maybe I was in denial. I waited for the other shoe to drop, right up until they called Florida.
It couldn’t be, I thought. Not after everything those voters have seen and heard and been subjected to over the past year, could the same man responsible be voted into public office. No way.
But – and here is the phrase my husband will relish reading in print – I was wrong. There’s no other way to say it. About Trump, about Hillary, about the election process, and about Americans. I was wrong about everything.
So since the entire election was devoid of facts, plans, strategies, policy proposals, dignity, honesty, transparency, truth, and decorum, I figure someone should probably fill you in on exactly what you’re getting.
What the American people voted was a better bet than the alternative.
Here is a summary of President Elect Trump’s plans for his first 100 days in office.
He will withdraw the United States from NAFTA if he can’t negotiate the terms to better benefit his agenda.
He will announce America’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
He will insist on the restructuring of NATO so that Canada and other countries foot more of the bill for the luxury of being an ally of the United States.
He will direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a “currency manipulator.”
As an individual who believes that global warming is “a Chinese hoax,” he will happily lift the existing restrictions on the production of energy reserves, including oil, coal, and natural gas, and ensure that projects like the Keystone Pipeline more forward. These plans include cancelling billions in payments to United Nations climate change programs.
So that everyone knows who’s boss, he plans to cancel every executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama that he, Trump, deems unconstitutional, and replace one of his appointed Supreme Court Justices.
Then begins removing all the illegal immigrants and cancelling visas, along with suspending most future immigration, except for those who get by a process he calls “extreme vetting.”
He will repeal Obamacare and replace it with an optional health care program.
He will enact the Middle Class Tax Relief And Simplification Act, which he says will grow the economy four per cent per year and create at least 25 million new jobs. He doesn’t say exactly how, but he does say “it’s gonna be yuge.”
He will redirect education dollars so parents can decide whether to send their kids to public or private school, which he says will expand vocational and technical education and make college more affordable (again, he doesn’t say how this will happen, but apparently he’s got it all planned out in his head).
And his claim to fame: The Wall. He plans to construct a wall on the southern border of the United States, “with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall.”
There are, not surprisingly, other promises of increased military spending and screening procedures.
But most strikingly, he will spend at least one term being a shining example of how a belligerent, childish, unprofessional, misogynistic, racist, sexist pervert who disrespects handicapped people and sexually harasses women, can be elected to the highest office in the world.
And that, folks, was a condensed version of my description.
God bless America.