By Mike Kean
I’ve had all day to think about it and try to make myself okay with this election result but I just can’t. I’ve seen a lot of posts saying that we may disagree politically but we can come back together now that the election is over.
I call Bull.
I disagree politically with someone who voted for Mark Kirk instead of Tammy Duckworth.
I disagree politically with someone who voted for Bruce Rauner for governor.
I respect and accept political differences and can move on from those.
Trump is different, and every one of you knows that.
People claim they voted for him because he was an outsider who recognized and spoke to the problems affecting the average American. Good people claim they support his policies and not his attitudes toward women, minorities, etc.
But again I call Bull.
You don’t get to pick and choose the parts of his message that you support. You have to own it all.
You voted for an openly racist, sexist and xenophobic man to lead and be the public international face of our country for the next four years. Your vote is morally reprehensible, and I hold it against you.
Today, I sit here with my infant daughter and have to come to terms with the world that she’s going to grow up in.
It’s a world where our president makes fun of people with learning disabilities, calls an entire ethnic group murderers and rapists, sexually harasses women with impunity because of his wealth and fame, and gets away with all of it because some fifty million white people are afraid of a future in which they are not the center of the American universe.
Suffice it to say that I’m not happy with this reality.
At the end of the day, maybe Trump was lying about all of the horrible things that he wants to do in this country.
Maybe he is a decent person.
Time will tell.
But for those people that voted for him and supported him, time has already told. I will not unite behind your candidate.
I will not graciously accept defeat.
I will fight you and your candidate every day on every decision and in every election for the next four years.
Because we don’t disagree politically, we disagree about the most basic principles of what it means to be an American and even just a decent human being.
Mike Kean is a 2007 graduate of Marian Catholic High School.