Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States.
That’s the big news of the day.
As a UK Citizen, I fear for my own country as well as the US. Our media is very much shared with the US. I fear that as US citizens become more open about their prejudices against minorities that it will spread to the UK.
I am a woman.
I am bisexual.
I am disabled.
Financially, I am reliant on benefits.
I believe in climate change and pay to offset my carbon footprint.
In other words, Trump would not be a big fan of me.
I’m scared of the sexism, sexualism and ableism I may face. I’m scared of the prejudice people in the US are already facing.
I’ve heard of American Muslim women discussing whether they should continue to wear the hijab for their own safety. These conversations should not be happening in the most powerful country in the world.
I live in the U.K. and the US election is going on right now. Well as I type this, the last polls closed twenty seven minutes ago.
The whole world recognises that the US is the most powerful country. Britain particularly is involved with America because we share a language and therefore share media. Many US tv programmes are shown here. I watch many American youtubers. And we can directly read articles in your newspapers on the internet. I’ve spent a long time reading about the US election system, and I understand it fairly well, though I’m no expert.
Here in the U.K., many of us are scared of a Donald trump presidency. We know that Hilary clinton isn’t perfect (though understanding the issues where she went wrong means sometimes understanding a lot of US political history so a lot of us aren’t sure why she’s not that great). But we know Trump is worse.
We know this because we went through Brexit. As a result of a vote to leave the EU, suddenly people felt like it was okay to show their true colours and be publicly racist. There was an increase in racially motivated attacks and race-related insults being thrown around in public. We’re scared of the same happening in the US.
But because the US has a bigger impact on the world than we do, we’re scared of what that means for the rest of the world.
But the possibility of a Trump presidency isn’t just going to increase racism. Trump has been a lot worse than just openly racist. There’s the sexism and misogyny. There’s the hatred of LGBTQIA+ people. He blames the poor for being poor. There’s no group of people he hasn’t singled out.
Which leaves a lot of us wondering why people are voting for him. Why are any women voting for him? Why are any people of colour or even white immigrants voting for him? If the groups he singled out and said hateful things about didn’t give him a single vote, there would be a landslide victory for Hilary Clinton.
Of course, I’m not talking for the whole of the UK. But I’m talking for all the people I know. Everyone I know is pretty much in agreement that Trump is a terrible idea.
Results won’t be coming in until the early hours in U.K. time, so I won’t find out the result until I wake up in the morning. I hope I don’t wake up to a Trump presidency.