President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both come out to ask that everyone fall in line, accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and support his transition into power as the White House is set to become Republican for the first time in eight years.
The calls for a national political reconciliation underscored the seismic political realignment now underway in Washington after Clinton’s crushing loss to the New York businessman. Both the president and his former Secretary of State told their supporters not to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the legislative and executive branch in two and-a-half months.
I’m not sure how we are all supposed to function in the wake of what is happening in the country right now. Sure, the government won’t officially change hands for another two months, but the writing is already on the wall — we’re doomed.
The Clinton loss exposes the national divide along the lines of race and class, and still she encourages those who supported her to give Trump “a chance to lead.”
She also called on women to pick up where she left off and continue to make the push for the White House, an indication that she will not run again in four years.
“We need you to keep up these fights,” Clinton said in New York, making special mention of the many women who hoped she was on her way to become the first female president.
“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” said Clinton, less than 24 hours after calling the president-elect to concede after his history-shaping run that defied pollsters and galvanized legions of aggrieved voters in a loud repudiation of the status quo. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”
Indeed it is. Clinton is encouraging her female supporters to continue the push to the White House in a world where a xenophobic misogynist just won the presidency. A man who had no shame in admitting he sexually assaults women and sees nothing wrong with it is the leader of our country, and young women and girls are supposed to believe that they can comfortably ascend to that position.
President Obama made his remarks at the White House in front of reporters in the Rose Garden.
“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage,” Obama said, vowing to work to ensure a smooth transition for the president-elect.
“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”
It is disingenuous for both Obama and Clinton to encourage us to embrace ideals that are the complete antithesis of what won Trump the election. He campaigned on everything that divides us as a nation, but most especially race and class. To pretend otherwise is to do a disservice to us all, and to expect those of us left in the trenches to do all the work of putting it back together again is akin to telling the abused to go back and make up with their abusers.
That shit just won’t happen anytime soon.
Source: Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win – The Washington Post