Not my president

He’s not my president and I consider myself to be very, very fortunate indeed. Though no Obama or Clinton groupie, I do understand and feel for the protesters taking to the streets in the US telling the world “He’s not my president!”.

The Florida guy interviewed at Zaventem airport hinted at the division back home and his fears of the rift fostered by DoT. Before him, there had been US friends venting their worries about violent reactions in the unlikely case DoT and his crooks would win.

Journalists and others on various European tv stations shared these fears. After the results became public, they hinted at the nearly 40% increase in hate crime after the Brexit. Yesterday evening, more than one mentioned foreigners in the UK no longer walk the streets there free of fear.

Expectations are, that something similar or even worse will take place in the US. After all, the US president-elect openly condones it. Journalists and experts point out DoT set an example for his supporters. His example will not only foster an increase in violence against women, but also against groups including homosexuals and lesbians, people of non-white descent, other minorities and – of course – refugees and migrants.

And what kind of help and support can they expect? For these elections not only showed the US political pecking order. It not only showed the new US president and his supporters openly condone racism and violence. It even illustrated how government institutes like a FBI can be used and may be corrupt.

No, I am very glad DoT is not my president today, nor tomorrow, nor the coming years.

For as the European journalists and others stated on and in the media: the USA is no longer the kind of safe country where intelligent and civilised people want to wake up in.

Molly Redden: we are traumatised
Gloria Steinem: we will organise

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About Kate

Multilingual blogger, columnist, writer, translator. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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