President-elect Donald Trump addresses the nation, around 3 a.m. in New York, November 9, 2016. (Photo: Damon Winter / The New York Times)
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 00:00 By William Rivers Pitt, Truthout | Op-Ed
I remember where I was when the Challenger exploded. I remember where I was when the Towers came down. I remember where I was when Shock and Awe turned Baghdad into a bowl of fire. I do believe I will also remember, to my dying day, where I was when the people of the United States elected an unabashed, bull-throated fascist to the office of the President.
Yes, we are talking about a fascist, one with many fascist friends who are loud and proud about their menacing white nationalism, a fascist gleefully endorsed by a Ku Klux Klan that traded in its bedsheets for power ties a long time ago and seized the ultimate prize in the early morning hours of November 9, 2016. A fascist Mussolini would have recognized on sight, for it was Mussolini’s movement that coined fascism in a barn nearly 100 years ago, calling it the merger of state and corporate power. What is that, if not President-elect Donald J. Trump?
The children of immigrants all across the United States woke this morning in a country soon to be led by an unapologetic xenophobe threatening mass deportation, and American Muslims woke to an era of intensified Islamophobia that may take paths we haven’t yet conceived of.
Every woman in the country now wears a target, because the President of the United States considers them to be little more than sex toys. Boys will see this, boys will learn it, and some of them will likely act on it when they become men. My daughter now lives under this threat, as does yours.
And we can only imagine how the ongoing war on Black men, women and children will continue to worsen under this authoritarian leader, all in the name of that cold steel fist called “Law and Order.”
Impossible, the talking heads on TV said as the returns rumbled in. What he proposed during his campaign was so preposterous, so contra-constitutional, that it could never actually happen. This from representatives of the same mainstream media establishment that first empowered him so many strange months ago. It will never happen, they said.
Really? How will it be stopped? The Republicans all but ran the congressional table on Tuesday night, ensuring that Mr. Trump will control both the House and the Senate come January. Anything is constitutional, even torture and murder, if the Supreme Court says it is.