Donald Trump’s victory speech received surprisingly little attention. After Hillary Clinton phoned in her concession, the world’s most famous Twitter troll chose his iconic tweeting hour — 3:00 a.m. — to address the world last Wednesday. The press reported primarily on the speech’s traditional elements — kind words for his defeated opponent, a call for unity, gratitude to his supporters — but mostly missed the parts that give real insights into how he intends to govern:
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it’s time for us to come together as one united people….”
Translation: Having achieved victory by insulting women, immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, Jews, blacks and disabled people, Trump now calls on his scapegoats to submit meekly to him and his base: the GOP, the religious right, misogynists, bigots, nativists, and white nationalists like the Ku Klux Klan.
“For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country….”
Clarification: As of this writing, “a few people” = 166.6 million Americans (62.6 million voted for Clinton, 6.9 million for third-party candidates, and 97 million did not vote), compared to the 61.3 million who cast ballots for Trump.
Translation: Trump just won the White House by making promises he can’t possibly keep to his credulous supporters. Tell him what you need so he can lie to you, too.
“As I’ve said from the beginning, ours was not a campaign but rather an incredible and great movement… comprised of Americans… who want and expect our government to serve the president and serve the president it will….”
In a democracy, we want and expect our government to serve us, the people.
Our Constitution requires the executive — one of three co-equal branches of the federal government — to share power with the 50 states, and the people.
Trump is describing a different kind of government that we’ve never had in this country. The term for a regime that serves the president is “authoritarian.”
“America will no longer settle for anything less than the best….”
By electing Trump, we already did.
“We’re going to dream of things for our country and beautiful things and successful things once again….”
“And now I’d like to take this moment to thank some of the people who really helped me with this, what they are calling tonight very, very historic victory. First I want to thank my parents, who I know are looking down on me right now. Great people. I’ve learned so much from them.”
God help us all.