The most popular phrase uttered in the last ten days has been, “Well, not ALL Trump voters are racist” or some variation of this sentiment. The conventional wisdom, even from those who supported him, seems to be that while he did have a contingency of followers who have racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, or misogynistic views, the vast majority of his voters don’t believe in such horrible things. The problem with this viewpoint is simple: personal prejudices and enabling those who promote prejudice should not be treated differently.
Donald Trump ran a campaign fueled by hate, lies, fear, and all of those horrible elements mentioned above. There are mountains of data that support this claim and it is absolutely true. If you can not, at the very least, concede this point you should stop reading now and go renew your membership to the ‘flat earth society’ because this point is not even debatable. Now, the question exists, how can a candidate using a modified Goebbels playbook get elected President Of The United States in the year 2016? He/She can’t. While the number of openly proud racists, bigots, misogynists, etc. is way too large, there aren’t enough of those votes in America anymore to win a Presidential Election. So how did Trump do it? He did it by creating a coalition of enablers.
en·a·ble – verb
- to make able; give power, means, competence, or ability to; authorize
- to make possible or easy
- to make ready; equip
This is crucial because it is time for us to stop splitting hairs and making exceptions for those who are bigots and those who enable bigots. In a democracy, there is nothing more sacred than a person’s right to vote. When you vote, or even if you choose not to, you are exercising the most important action a citizen of this great nation can take. There were millions of qualifiable candidates available to you when you cast your ballot. You could have voted for one of the two major party candidates, a “third party” candidate, written in your choice of candidate, or even chosen to not vote for the presidency at all like our 43rd president and his wife did. If you voted for Donald Trump, when there were literally millions of other options, you have to accept the responsibility of your actions. You knew who this man was, who he represented, all of the horrible statements and actions he had committed, and the prejudicial ideas he would pursue as President. In spite of all of this, with all of the other options available, you chose to vote for him. With your precious vote, you “made able; gave power, means”, “equipped”, and “made possible” his path to an Electoral College victory, and the presidency of the United States of America. You are culpable because you have enabled him. Without your vote, he would not have become president. Trump voters, you had your chance to run away from his “other” supporters, but you chose not to. So stop running, and embrace what you have enabled…you are one of them now!