He trumped us all

Lisa Orrenius - November 10th 2016

US, Trump, Climate

A person who proudly said on air, on the subject of what a powerful man can do to women, “You can do anything… Grab ’em by the pussy,” was elected president of the United States. Millions and millions of Americans, including unfathomably 53% of white women, went through the hassle of voting in the US, got out of bed at dawn, stood in long lines, to put “Donald Trump” down as their choice to lead the world’s most powerful country. 


Late Tuesday night there was pure shock and yesterday I read tons of good, frightening and intelligent commentary on this cold shower. Many people have lots of wise things to say. I am not quite there yet. I am confused. I am at loss. A have a deep sense of dread that the election of Trump is a pinnacle of something truly awful in motion in the world, something that we are in the middle of, thus can’t see clearly, but will look back at in 30, 50, 100 years as a defining moment. Defining in a bad way. 


I hate being confused. I hate when I can’t make sense of shit. How a misogynic, racist, bigot billionaire caricature a man who – if we look “only” at his environmental record -  denies climate change, has ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has promised to "renegotiate" the Paris agreement and completely dismantle the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be the next President of the United States, falls squarely in this category of shit I can’t make sense of. 


It pained me to yesterday hear both Hillary and Obama speak so emotional, being so presidential. Oh the contrast. How is it possible that Obama will move out of the White House one day, and Trump move in the next?


Not much of wise words for me, not yet at least. The one thing that I cling to is that Trump is not a super conservative right-wing ideolog, like for example Ted Cruz. He is a pragmatist to the bone, who should also be keen (I hope!) of not being remembered as the worst president in history. We don’t know what he wants though, as there has been literally no substance in this election campaign. Until we see whom Trump chooses to surround himself with, it’s a bit up in the air. 


I will say this though: We will have to take care of each other and the world even more and better than before. We will have to bring out our best game, go even higher, when they go lower. We will refuse to leave the future of climate in Trump’s hands.