In the aftermath of last week's presidential election, a growing number of pundits, Republican voters, and even disgruntled Hillary supporters have called for conciliation. Fierce detractor Ana Navarro has asked America to give #Donald Trump "a chance" to lead; campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said it's President Obama and Hillary Clinton's responsibility to calm the protesters and unify the country. People are wishing Donald Trump good luck as the new President-elect, stating we are all in this boat together and no one should want it to sink. It's just not clear what "good luck" really means.
How will a President Donald Trump act?
- He will try to fulfill most of his aggressive campaign promises, such as building a wall with Mexico, rounding up and deporting millions of illegal immigrants, starting trade wars with China and Mexico, defunding the UN, reversing action on climate change, and the list goes on.
- He will walk back most of these things, as reality hits him in the face and he realizes there's not enough money to round-up and deport 12 million people, he alone cannot reverse globalization, and the President does not have the power to get Starbucks to write "Merry Christmas" on their holiday cups.
- He will defer most of his work to vice-president Mike Pence, who is familiar with the governing and legislative processes, and who is also not a big fan of LGBTQ and women's rights.
If wishing him "good luck" means he will get to build walls and repeal Obamacare, then the U.S. risks a long period of social tensions, economic disaster (the deficit will explode with the proposed tax cuts and the increased spending on a deportation task force), and women's and minorities' rights will revert back decades of progress. He can undo a lot of the work President Obama was able to get done in the first two years of mandate, when Dems had control of the Congress. So wishing him good luck is definitely not something anyone should be doing.
Revolution or 'Don-the-Con'
If wishing Trump good luck means hoping he will backtrack on most of his positions and actually do nothing of what he said he would do, then what? He will act as a regular politician, calling establishment aids to move his cabinet forward and basically changing nothing. In that case, what was all of this for?
In order to have that revolution Trump's supporters craved, the President-elect must fully realize his campaign promises. People who said he wasn't being "literal" when he promised those things might be in for a big surprise. Hence, there is no possible positive outcome.
Even if he calms down his racist, misogynist ways and doesn't act on them, racists all over the country will feel validated. Already we're seeing hundreds of incidents related to white supremacy and "real Americans" taking "their" country back. Breitbart's Steve Bannon, a known white supremacist with anti-semitic views, will be Trump's top strategist. We will put a white supremacist in the White House. How lucky does that feel? #Election 2016 #GOP