Yikes. What the hell will happen now? In Sweden we're in shock...at work today there was such a weird feeling. Everyone walked around in some kind of bubble, not sure what to think. What are your thoughts?
I did not see this coming and am still processing it, but agree with the gist of what Kerfuffle said. I'm very unhappy with the result and have a lot of fears of what this could mean. But, ultimately, I think everything will be fine. And, while I can't stress enough how much I disliked his campaign, he's our president now (well, in January) and we've gotta find a way to work together. A few random thoughts:
1. So many (and I'm one of them) were so wrong about Trump's support. I thought it would be a landslide win for Hillary. I had doubts about Utah and Arizona going blue, but I thought she'd clean up the swing states and get ~330 electoral votes. Good reminder, I guess, that it's easy to buy into something that fits the narrative that you support.
2. Along the lines of Trump's support, I think many (again, including me to some extent) missed the mark on why he had the support. I was anti-Trump because the world view he presented frightens and appalls me. I can't get past the anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican, misogynistic, etc. things that he has said and done. It was just an absolute deal killer to me. He got 47% of the vote though. I refuse to believe that 47% of the country condones the things that he has said and done. That wasn't an epiphany that night or anything. I knew many people supported him in spite of these things that they also condemn. But, I think Democrats and "#neverTrump" crowds dismissed his supporters more than they should have. That, to me, is the biggest failure of Clinton's campaign. And, it would have been a failure even if she had won the election.
3. Many of the things that made me dismiss any possibility of voting for him are not realistic concerns. We're not banning muslims. We're not building a wall. I have concerns over how he will handle global conflicts, but I don't think he's going to nuke anybody.
4. I mentioned it earlier, but like it or not, he's going to be president. It is what it is, and we will all be better if we just accept that and work with him for the greater good. I used to vote mostly Republican until I disliked the direction that I saw the party going about 5 years ago. I saw lots of obstructionism and divisiveness toward Obama and was really turned off to the party as a result. Well, the roles are reversed now and I don't like the president. Not that I think he should get blind support, but it would by hypocritical to support attempts to obstruct him in a similar way. He's going to be the president. While I haven't forgotten the reasons I didn't support him, he gets a blank slate from me, and I hope from the country as a whole. I like the idea of Obamacare despite its flaws, but it's clearly going to be repealed before the midterm elections. Instead of fighting him on that, I hope Democrats try to play a role in making whatever replaces it fix the flaws of Obamacare.
5. His biggest job going forward is to unite the country. He made a good start to that in his acceptance speech. In fact, I thought both of their speeches were excellent. But, he has to find a way to unite the entire country, not just the base of supporters that he has played to for the past 15 months.