Since Trump pulled off his election victory, there have been at least a hundred reasons being given by the so-called pundits. They are all hanging on the theory that the white working class elected Donald Trump because they feel left behind. That is partially true. However, that is not the real reason Trump actually won.
It is my stand that Trump won because he took advantage of the ugly triumvirate that the Republican Party has been putting together for decades. He was able to tap into the hate, discontent, and pure bigotry of this triumvirate.
This triumvirate took years to put together and it has finally reached its full potential. That was proven when Trump actually won the election. His picks for his cabinet so far have shown this triumvirate will actually govern, which is really disturbing.
The first spoke in this triumvirate is what is called “conservative Christians”. The second spoke is authoritarians who believe that the constitution is nothing but a “suggestion” when it comes to civil rights. The third is what is now called the “alt-right” which is really nothing more than the KKK without all of the Halloween costumes.
The pure bitter hate the reeks out of every pore of these three groups is the reason that Trump campaigned on hate issues. He understood, unlike his Republican opponents, that if you put together a coalition you need to use it properly. He did by hitting all of the hot buttons they hold dear.
The so-called alt-right is a white supremacist group of bigots who believe that the U.S. should be a white only country. They want all immigration stopped immediately, though they are willing to have “special” cases for Europeans. They hate African-Americans, Jews, Mexicans and other Latinos, Muslims, Chinese, Japanese, and any other group that is not “white”.
The white supremacists are overjoyed with the election of Trump. He is the “savior” that they have been waiting for to come out of the sewers and spew forth their venom in the light of day. They believe that the days of a white only U.S. is just around the corner. And, with Steve Bannon sitting right next to Trump whispering in his ear, they may be close to correct.
The authoritarians are led by Trump himself. Trump does not really care for democracy or a free press. He hates anyone who might even think of saying something negative about him. He has called on changing the laws so he can sue the press if anyone dares to write an article he doesn’t like.
During his campaign he ridiculed the press at every rally. He treated the press that was there to follow his campaign and report on it as the enemy who was only there to make him look bad. If the press dared to quote the candidate, they were liars because Trump never said what he said on tape.
His audience lapped up the insults and even turned on the press. There were several times when members of the press, especially his favorite target Katie Tur, had to be escorted out of the rally when it ended by the Secret Service for their safety. He blacklisted several media outlets from his campaign.
Now he is acting like he isn’t going to be any more available to the press after his win. As a matter of fact, he has been even less available and is still railing against them. You cannot establish an authoritarian government if you allow freedom of the press.
Additionally, Trump has made promises that are quite frankly unconstitutional. When the election was over, he only doubled down on those promises. Like stopping Muslims from Immigrating. Or like having a registry for all Muslims.
His picks for his cabinet so far all mirror these beliefs as well. He has to have backers behind him if he is going to ignore the constitution. The very idea that he is willing to place an open racist in the position of Attorney General is appalling. Sessions has fought against voting rights, hate crimes, crimes against women, and other civil rights all of his life. Now, we are expected to believe he will actually enforce these laws he hates?
Like Trump, his CIA pick is in love with the idea of torture. Even though it is against the laws of the U.S., against the laws of the U.S. Military, and against the Geneva Convention, they believe we can ignore all of those laws just because we are us. Blatant disregard for the law is also blatant disregard for our form of government which is supposed to be based on law.
Then we have the so-called “conservative Christians” as the final piece of the jigsaw. As I have written before, the term conservative Christian is an oxymoron. As a matter of fact, I find the term as the worst example of contradictions we can have.
Conservative Christians all claim to be “Christian” first. However, their policies and beliefs are anything but Christian. They fall much better under the authoritarian definition than the Christian definition.
Conservative Christians are all about running everyone else’s lives. They want to be the ones who determine what civil rights people can have. They want to determine what “morality” is that you must follow. They want to determine every minute aspect of your life from your education to your work environment to your bedroom.
Since Trump was elected, there have been over 400 bills being prepared to be introduced in state legislatures in January. All of them have something to do with voter suppression, anti-abortion, or anti-LGBT issues.
They feel justified in these laws because of Trump. He is the one who nominated Mike Pence as his Vice President. Pence is the most vocal and most anti-civil rights politician around. He firmly believes that LGBT are that way by choice and should be forced to undergo “therapy” to make them “normal” again.
He was the one who got his state to pass the most anti-LGBT law in the country. Then because of the backlash, he modified it to make it more acceptable. However, it is still horrible and has far-reaching consequences. There is a case right now in Indiana where a mother is using this “law” as her defense for brutally abusing her children. She claims her “religious beliefs” make it defensible because she was saving her children from “Satan” by beating the hell out of them.
As I said before, I grew up in a very Catholic family. I went to Catholic schools and learned all about Christianity. I never once heard or read anything in the “New Testament” where Jesus said we have the right to hate anyone because they are different. Rather he said we must “love” our enemies and those that are different.
Sorry, but don’t tell me you are a Christian when you hate LGBT people and are willing to legally discriminate against them simply because they are LGBT. Don’t tell me you are Christian when you despise every other religion on the planet. Don’t tell me you are Christian when you are willing to turn your back on women and children seeking refuge just because they come from an area of the country that is Muslim and not Christian.
In its beginning, Christianity was a revolutionary religion. It was a religion that fought against the status quo of the Jewish hierarchy. It was a religion that rebelled against all of the rules and hatreds of the past. It was a religion that was based on love, harmony, and peace on earth.
Hating your neighbor just because they are different is not Christian. It is authoritarian. Forcing your beliefs on others is not Christian, it is authoritarian. And, that is exactly what today’s “conservative Christians” are. Authoritarian.
This is the ugly triumvirate that swept Donald Trump to victory. These groups have power in just enough states to have put him over the top, even though he has lost the popular vote by over 1.5 million votes, so far.
Hate crimes have spiked since the election. Yes, there have been hate crimes on both sides, but the vast majority have been from Trump supporters. Some of these are such heroes they leave a restaurant and then quickly return to punch a woman in the face then run away again. This happened in Texas and is just one example of these hate crimes.
The swastika has replaced the stars and stripes in graffiti by Trump supporters. Churches are being burned again. Mosques are being defaced and burned. Synagogues are being defaced again.
This is the result of the triumvirate being empowered by Trump’s election. They feel free to spread their hate with impunity. President Obama has said we should “wait and see” what a Trump Presidency will bring. I believe we have already seen what a Trump Presidency will bring. And, it won’t be pretty.
The 2016 election has unleashed an unholy triumvirate upon our country. We need to be ready to fight it from the beginning or we will lose all of our freedoms. And, that is exactly what the unholy triumvirate wants. Total control over our lives.