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Trump is the manifestation of all this white, entitled rage. He's a reaction against our first black president. Obama represented the direction the country is going in: towards inclusion. His election was a sign that it was not cool to exclude any minorities from a place at the table. It was not cool to make black jokes or gay jokes or to grope women or imitate disabled people. We no longer tolerated that sort of thing. And some people resented that. They thought, "Hey, I have these thoughts and I want to say them and not feel guilty about it." That's why there is this uptick in violent acts against women and minorities. These people feel unleashed. "Trump has validated my feelings and now I can act on them." I saw an ironic photo posted on Facebook of a white couple wearing T-shirts that said "Trump 2016: Fuck Your Feelings." The irony is that Trump's election has a lot to do with feelings, just not those of "others"--like me. His election is a validation of the feelings of white people as being oppressed because their cushy lifestyles and cultural dominance are now being threatened. By big business on one hand and all us bad old diversity-lovin', politically correct, NPR-listenin' people on the other.
I don't want to be like Rush Limbaugh who famously hoped Obama would fail. I don't want to wish Trump ill. But when he announces this Bannon guy, a racist alt-right whack job, as his chief strategist, and the leaked cabinet "finalists" being incompetents like Sarah Palin and extremists like Ted Cruz, Bolton, the now deranged Rudy Guiliani, climate change deniers, Islamophobic bigots, and that Dimon guy who contributed to the Great Recession of 2008, it makes me feel like I'm watching that episode of the 1970s animated Batman series where the Joker shockingly won the election for Mayor of Gotham City and then appointed the Penguin and the Riddler as his top appointments. At least Ben Carson had the sense to turn down a high-level job, admitting he wasn't qualified. But didn't he run for president? Did he think he could be prez but not a member of his staff? Too bad Trump hasn't come to the same realization as Carson.