Before going forward, let me make it clear that I fully believe the next four years are going to be an absolute embarrassment for this country. As long as Donald Trump’s in office (or even Mike Pence, for that matter) we’re going to endure a delusional, fact-free circus unlike anything we’ve ever seen. I fought like hell to avoid this catastrophe; unfortunately, the orange menace still “won”
with a lot of help from Russia and possibly committing treason in the process.
I’m resigned to the fact that he was declared the winner and no amount of complaining about why that happened is going to change the fact that it happened. He was sworn in, and he now has the power given to him based upon those results.
Do I personally recognize him as our president? No. As I’ve said before, I personally believe he’s committed treason. Until he proves otherwise, I’m not going to consider him a legitimate president. This isn’t about “my side” losing an election — this is about me rejecting the legitimacy of a man who, in my opinion, has given me every reason to think he’s a traitor to this country.
I’m also someone who tries to find the “good” that can be made out of a horrible situation if there’s good to be found. While I know it’s hard to imagine that there can be any “good” that can come from the Tang-colored imbecile being in charge of this country, there are some positives that could result in our favor if we’re diligent in fighting Trump’s b.s. and voting — especially the voting part.
1. Of the other 4 presidents who were elected despite losing the popular vote, only George W. Bush served two-terms and he barely defeated a very weak candidate in John Kerry: While historical trends don’t always predict future events, they do matter. Incumbents typically win because they have a huge advantage over challengers, but the vast majority of incumbents also won the popular vote when they were elected. And it could be argued that the only reason why Bush won in 2004 is because Kerry was one of the weakest presidential candidates in recent history. That means, if history is any indicator, we’re looking at a 75% chance as of this moment of making Trump a “one-and-done” president. That starts with us getting active, showing dedication in this fight and getting out the damn vote in 2018.
2. Three Supreme Court spots could be picked by whoever wins in 2020: While I talked a lot about the Supreme Court heading into the 2016 election, I did so with the assumption the winner would win the popular vote (as it should be) and likely serve as a two-term president. However, based on what I discussed in #1, we stand a good chance at winning in 2020 just as long as we show up to vote like we damn well better.
As it stands now, when the winner of the 2020 election is sworn in:
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be 87
- Stephen Breyer will be 82
- Anthony Kennedy will be 84
Any one of them could decide to retire before the end of Trump’s first term, but it’s possible they could all realize that it’d better to hold on if they can, to avoid allowing him the opportunity to replace that many Justices. Therefore, the person who wins in 2020 might be given given the opportunity to replace at least 3 Justices. Let’s hope Gingsburg, Kennedy, and Breyer stick around that long and we show up to vote like we should have this election.
3. Donald Trump’s so unpopular that he could help Democrats seize much more power in Congress: If Trump is exactly who we all know he is, then Democrats should be more than a little motivated in 2018. Furthermore, historically speaking, the party that controls the White House almost always loses power in Congress during midterms. Meaning that, in less than two years, Democrats could take back Congress — which would prevent Trump from having a full four years to destroy this country. In 2018, it’s possible that Democrats could win control of both the House and the Senate, but it will take commitment, quality candidates, and a dedication to coming together like we haven’t seen since at least 2008.
4. House congressional lines are redrawn in 2020: While liberals don’t have the best record when it comes to voting (especially in state and local elections), we saw in 2006 and 2008 what liberals can do if they’re properly motivated by a terrible president. Being that we’re dealing with the most unpopular person ever “elected” to the White House, combined with the fact that he’s one of the most loathed human beings in U.S. political history, in four years we could very well see “the left” more motivated than it’s been in decades, which could put Democrats in a very strong position to gain much more power within many states to fix the corrupt gerrymandering Republicans have been doing to essentially rig elections.
I cannot stand Trump, but I’m more than willing to use him as the best “motivation tool” we’ve ever seen to motivate rational Americans to vote.
5. He’s going to splinter and divide the Republican Party: Lost in all the Trump hysteria is the fact that 54 percent of people voted against him, and many of the Republicans who did vote for him did so not because they actually supported him, but because they absolutely hated Clinton. Even now, many of the Trump people I’m friends with really don’t defend him, or even talk all that highly of him — they just try to pivot to how awful they think Clinton is.
My belief is that many of the Republicans “supporting him” know he’s awful — but some don’t. What that means is that we could see a GOP become increasingly divided between the “sane’ Republicans that, while still pretty awful, aren’t going to entertain Trump’s conspiracies. Meanwhile, there are quite a few who are just as filled full of “alternative facts” as he is who are going to be right there supporting his insanity at every turn.
And the best thing for Democrats heading into 2018 and 2020 is to have a GOP distracted by Trump’s insanity, fighting amongst each other, while the left becomes more motivated than we’ve possibly ever seen — motivated by that very same insanity.
Though I would like to point out that every single thing I’ve listed here — things that could stop Trump and quickly repair the damage he’s certainly going to cause — are all contingent on liberals putting in hard work, rallying around quality candidates at the state and local levels, and getting out and voting.
As I’ve said plenty of times in the past, the only reason why Republicans have the power they do is because we let them have it. That’s why they want to suppress the vote, keep the electoral college in place, and do everything they can to weaken the voting power of progressives. They know if we show up in the numbers we’re capable of, they can’t beat us.
We just have to make damn sure in 2018 and 2020 that’s exactly what we do. We have no other choice.
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