I am glad the US election is over. Sure, there is still the legal battle the Trump administration wants to fight, and the fact the press predictions don’t make it official, but I am glad it is over.
The legal battle is in regards to Trump’s claims of voter fraud, but I think that will be tossed into the trash soon after an appeal is made. Rudy Giuliani actually said that the burden of proof is on the election officials to prove whether they had votes that were false or not according to Fox News, which is honestly hilarious. I always figured lawyers were super smart people, maybe not him though. Shouldn’t the Trump administration have actual evidence of voter fraud and post-dated ballots, rather than appeal to go to court without any evidence? It doesn’t take a genius to realize this is futile, and childish.
According to Project Veritas, a fringe news site, a postal worker in Pennsylvania says he overheard a conversation regarding post-dating ballots, and failing to post-date one for the 3rd of November. I mean, this is interesting, and worth looking into for sure, but it is pulling at teeth since hearing a conversation isn’t full blown proof of fraud. It is also weird how this guy didn’t take his story to some other news channel. But now, pundits like Steve Bannon, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson have shared this with their viewers, despite the horrible reporting of Project Veritas (Yes or no questions, really bro? Just tell him what to say why don’tcha).
Maybe those QAnon people would know more about this, after all, they must know what is going on, Q predicted Biden winning I am sure, so they must have some plan of action.
Maybe they will resort to outright terrorism to showcase their love for their country and look at it as the fight for freedom or something.
Or maybe Q was Joe Biden all along!!!!
To be frank, these “Quppets” need to take a hike, and perhaps rethink why they fell for the conspiracy in the first place. As I wrote in my essay piece on QAnon, there is reason to suggest those that buy into QAnon have some deep-seeded trauma or other such mental conflicts. Perhaps self-esteem was low and life was really kicking their asses, and Q (and, vicariously, Donald Trump) provided a gateway to happiness, a false one that feed on their already flawed mindset of sorts. Falsehoods and ideas of joy permeated their minds. I always felt that their idea of freedom stemmed from “toxic positivity,” which means to continue to be happy no matter the circumstances in your life or how it affects your health. Nothing wrong with staying positive and upbeat, no no; but in some social environments, this is rather sinister because those that may need an ear or a helping hand are left to “be positive” all the time, without getting the real help they need.
I have held space for many people that loved Donald Trump, and I heard them speak honestly and with certainty that he was a good guy. I spent a lot of time at my gym listening to this from members, and I could never say anything or voice my real opinion, mostly because I didn’t want to lose a client, but mostly because I wasn’t as informed to what Trump did. Maybe he did a few good things, I didn’t know, and it wasn’t affecting me perse since I live in Canada. I also strongly believe in freedom of speech, so I respected their opinions.
At times, I felt like I sympathized with Trump supporters because I did notice how he wasn’t get a fair share at times, and many questions he received were so mundane and trivial, like the 60 minutes interview (though I never watched what Trump posted). Other times, I felt actual disgust hearing him talk (Trump, to me, poked his ugly head up during the migrant situation), so this always kept me in a weird anxious middle ground with him.
This might sound odd, or triggering even, but he has denounced white supremacy, several times in fact. However, when it matters, when he had a stage larger than a phone call, he failed miserably, and actually pushed himself closer to groups that are known supremacists, not to mention how he failed to even sympathize with those affected by police violence. I said this in class the other day, but when Trump is at a rally or giving a press conference, he is like a news report: he cuts to the chase and uses simple strong verbs, which really wins his fans over. But in an interview setting, he fails miserably because he can’t elaborate on what he is saying. He can tell the news, but he can’t write an essay if his life depended on it. When he is pressed on the simple BS, he doesn’t answer quickly and honestly, instead acts like Eric Cartman from South Park, and throws a fit when an interview isn’t going his way.
Something I noticed as the years rolled on during Trump’s presidency was the change of attitude in my own province. The type of person Trump was seemed to pop up in people all around me, and I wondered if his attitude and communicative style were resonating with Albertans. I started to feel… I dunno, weird I guess. Anxious, and a little sad.
When a group in Alberta announced that they wanted Alberta to become a part of the US, I seriously panicked. I started to wonder if this was a common sentiment amongst people around me.
Still, I kept an anxious, skeptical middle ground with Trump. I wonder if this is how real journalists felt since the goal of news writers is to be impartial and only state facts (Don Lemon, Anderson Cooper, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Ben Shapiro, Steven Crowder, and Laura Ingraham are pundits, not news sources).
To see Trump voted out of office is a breath of relief. You can say all the worst things about Joe Biden, you can even bring up his record of war and supporting the war in Iraq, or other things he did in his 47 years in politics, but at least he has some decency and respect about him. I think this is important because we now have a generation of kids that think how Donald Trump conducted himself is an appropriate way to be in life. He basically reaffirmed the spoiled, rich, whiny, entitled kid act. He also made it ok to never take responsibility for anything ever.
I will enjoy seeing how political satire sites poke at Biden, and he will probably drop the ball like all leaders do, but at least someone with humility is in. If the late John McCain won back in 2008, it would have been fine, he was a decent guy and had a good heart, I think. Still, Biden might have a tough time winning veterans over because of his previous stance with the Iraq war.
I feel a little better with the Biden/Harris ticket because they aren’t so vitriolic in their actions. I hope Americans can find peace with each other and move forward with this change. I also hope that we can all remember that despite some differences, we have many more things in common that bring us together.