These Losers Aren’t Just Sore, But Vicious

your vote was a hate crime

From very early on in this election season, and especially since Donald Trump became the Republican presidential nominee, I’ve looked forward to the day when he would win the presidency and I could gloat in the smug faces of all of the Hillary Clinton supporters (and NeverTrumpers) who spared no occasion to assure America that Trump was a joke who had zero chance of winning.

On election night, however, as I watched Clinton’s campaign headquarters transform before the nation into something resembling a funeral or morgue, I resisted indulging in my earlier fantasies. It wasn’t just that I decided to be a gracious winner. I felt genuine pity for those millions who had been misled into believing by dishonest pollsters and Clinton’s media colluders that their candidate couldn’t lose. Being a Christian, I tried to place myself in their shoes and chose to do unto others as I’d have them do unto me.

I aspired to be a gracious winner. Far too many of Clinton voters, on the other hand, have been anything but gracious losers.

They’ve also proven to be vicious.

This is not new. Throughout the whole election season, particularly as Trump started sailing toward victory, their rental thugs have been revealing to everyone with a camera that it is the Democrats, not Trump’s backers, who have led the market on violence.

And as we see from the violent anti-Trump episodes (“protests”) that began to erupt in cities around the country within 24 hours of Trump’s election, things have not changed.

I confess: My earlier feelings of magnanimity and sympathy are giving way to anger. My anger, in turn, is on the verge of hardening into rage.

In the interest of full disclosure, the post-election fallout on the part of anti-Trumpers (I don’t know if it’s accurate to describe them as Hillary supporters) has had a personal dimension for me. While I am used to being in the trenches, my wife, Amy, is not. Neither had our seven year-old son yet had any exposure to the nastiness that politics unleashes in some people.

That changed this week.

It’s no secret that I had been arguing for a Trump candidacy since 2011. Way back then I forecasted that Trump’s run on the presidency could very well be a success. Amy, though, being a resolutely non-political animal, discusses politics with no one. This, though, didn’t stop a friend of hers—or an alleged friend—from insinuating that she’s a “racist” for having voted for Trump.

The thing is, my wife never revealed to anyone the name of the candidate she intended to support.

Here’s what happened:

The kids in Tommy’s elementary school, like kids in schools around the country, had mock elections on Tuesday. Following his dad, our son made it known to a friend of his, a girl who happens to be black and who expressed a liking for Clinton, that he instead liked Trump. The day after the election, Tommy suggested to his friend that they have their parents arrange a “playdate.” She replied that her mother didn’t want anyone who supported Trump in her home.

The good news is that Tommy seems to have quickly moved on from this. Still, because it did initially bother him, his parents were both saddened and more than a bit exasperated.

Upon relaying this episode on her Facebook wall, Amy received a private message from a young black woman with whom she worked the year before, a woman with whom she became pretty decent friends. Let’s call her “Dee.” The message was something to this effect: “Can you explain why you voted for a person who hates people who look like me? I find it hurtful.”

Bear in mind, before my wife received anything from her one-time friend, she was shocked and disappointed to read Dee’s election night posts. Dee referred to Trump supporters as “white racists” and used the term “AmeriKKKa.” However, as is her way, Amy refrained from commenting. I urged her to drop Dee from her friends’ list immediately. She wasn’t prepared to do that.

When Dee messaged her, I suggested that she ignore her. “Delete her!” I exclaimed. Admittedly, I was hurt and angry for my wife. I am accustomed to having these sorts of battles, but Amy is not. Still, even then, Amy patiently waited several hours until she could gather her thoughts before responding to Dee. Before she sent off her response, Amy read it back to me in order to insure that it struck the balance that she desired.

It did.

Amy noted, first, that she at no time shared her voting preferences with anyone. Thus, Dee was assuming, presumably on the basis that our son “voted” for the GOP nominee, that Amy supported Trump. Secondly, she reminded Dee that the identity of the candidate for whom she voted was none of her business. Amy was also quick to point out to Dee that she should attend to the boulder in her own eye before she proceeded to comment on the specks in the eyes of others, for it was her own posts that were profoundly hurtful and offensive.

Dee replied, “Ok.”

Then she deleted Amy from her friends’ list and posted an excerpt from Amy’s message—a private message, mind you—on her Facebook timeline. She did not, however, identify Amy by name.

This hurt my wife badly. She was in tears, gravely insulted that someone who she thought was a friend would impugn her character, and befuddled that anyone would think to do such a thing over an election choice.

As for myself, I am shocked but not surprised by any of this. That there is most definitely a racial dimension to this year’s election is undeniable. However, there is a racial dimension to virtually every election. The difference this year is that an unapologetic, politically incorrect, white, heterosexual man ended the reign of America’s (or, Dee, is it “AmeriKKKa’s”?) first black president while preventing a white “progressive” female from succeeding him.

More can be written on this at a future time. My point in writing this essay is to share how, within 24 hours of Trump winning the presidency, the backlash of the haters reached my home.

I can assure you, experiences of this kind go no distance toward facilitating “unity.”

They go a great distance toward both reminding us of why Trump won and signaling why he will win again unless this year’s losers do their part to overcome this division.

About Jack Kerwick

Jack Kerwick earned his doctorate degree in philosophy from Temple University. His areas of specialization are ethics and political philosophy, with a particular interest in classical conservatism. His work has appeared in both scholarly journals and popular publications, and he recently authored, The American Offensive: Dispatches from the Front. Kerwick has been teaching philosophy for nearly 17 years at a variety of institutions, from Baylor to Temple, Penn State University, the College of New Jersey and elsewhere. His next book, Misguided Guardians: The Conservative Case Against Neoconservatism is pending publication. He is currently an instructor of philosophy at Rowan College at Burlington County.

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17 responses to “These Losers Aren’t Just Sore, But Vicious

  • The accepted wisdom of the left is that Trump has said racists things. He has not. But the media/DNC/Hillary Campaign all made outlandish assertions towards not only Trump, but any of us who support him. Really underhanded. They do not care that they deny their opposition the ability to govern the country without division and strife. They force their supporters to malign and castigate based on flat-out libel and calculated smears. It’s worked for them for a long time, but now, they find themselves on the wrong side of history ( finally ). The Democrat party is in dire straights…. I know, because you can tell by their tantrums.

  • The most un-remarked upon tyrannosaurus rex in the living room is that the most racist people in America, by a very large margin, are the the sort of people who make up the Democratic party coalition. They’re racist and aggressively so. For a very long time people on the right have responded to this by acting apologetic, as if it was somehow their fault.

  • Give it time; though, I agree, the interim is extremely painful (and physically dangerous for some).

    As the Trump team carry out his promises and jobs return to America, and a lot of other things are put right, the tsunami of misinformation, slander, lies which his opponents have flung at Donald Trump and his supporters will look sillier and sillier; AND THE ANTI- AND NEVER-TRUMPERS will go very quiet.

    How many books and articles can you find in archives/library shelves of which the titles or themes are ‘I was an Appeaser in the 1930s’ or ‘I was a proud American Isolationist throughout 1941’?

    The real reason for the Tremendous Rage currently on display and active in cities and colleges, is that the Left is really about irresponsibility.

    They are by nature the irresponsible members of the human race who seek always to load life’s tasks, and all blame, onto others. ‘Other people must provide for me; and, if anything in life goes wrong, it is somebody else’s fault. Meanwhile I get to feel noble by virtue-signalling with The “Liberal, Progressive” Cause [which is actually totalitarian nihilist in its deepest motivation, its strategies and its outcomes], and this enables me to work off my inner anger on others pseudo-righteously.’

    That is their mindset. The inner anger derives from the knowledge, deepmost down, that they are chickening out on life’s challenges and lazily attempting to be freeloaders. [At bottom they are like the Devil, FURIOUS with God for creating a universe in which all moral issues come to the pinch and everyone is judged, is evaluated on their response to the ethical challenges: an adjudication to which God Himself submits.]

  • Terrible to read about what happened to your family. You also can add “dangerous” to the list of what these people are. Not only has most of the American Left become culturally Marxist but it is temperamentally Marxist as well. it is time to stop treating these types as legitimate opposition.

  • Trump won despite getting a lower share of the white vote and a higher share of the minority vote than the last two losing GOP candidates, and yet a nontrivial number of Democrats can convince themselves it’s due to racism. It’s no surprise that people who find such “logic” persuasive think the rest of the Left’s agenda makes sense too.

  • If you vote for some one because of their race. YOU ARE RACIST.

    If you vote for some one because of their sex. YOU ARE SEXIST.

    • Couldn’t agree more…. but those who did exactly that simply can’t see, nor can they even hope to understand the elegant simplicity of that logic.

  • So sorry for Amy’s experience. Betrayal by a friend is always painful. As for the rest of us, we are being betrayed by our fellow citizens who are indeed turning vicious. Our challenge is not to strike back with reflected anger, but to stand our ground with dignity. Most people are followers. They will eventually look for something else to follow.

  • My sympathies for your wife.

    But, as you said, not at all unexpected. What we see in this extended Post-Election Tantrum is the natural outcome of what had been mistakenly thought to be the Irresistible Force of so-called Progressivism hitting the Brick Wall of Reality.

    When I define myself as Angelic — as standing for all that is Good in Life. When I see myself as being Anti-Racist, Anti-Rape, Pro-Women, Pro-Freedom, Pro-Human Rights, Pro-Globalism, Pro-Diversity, Pro-Multiculturalism, Pro-Inclusion, Pro Peace, Love, & Understanding & Kumbaya — I am absolutely gobsmacked to discover that the Devil has actually won (especially since the Triumph of the Good was all but ordained (in a very secular way, of course)).

    If I, as Angel, lose…then clearly the winner must be a Racist, Rapist, Misogynistic, Tyrannical, Fascist, Isolationist, Exclusionary, Parochial, Pro-War, Pro-Hate Satanist. What else could it be?

    That is what True Believers do. No need to listen; no need to learn; no need to actually spend a single instant actually considering any question of truth or reality — to ask how on earth it could be true that America is filled with Racist Rapist Hateful Idiots (when all the evidence is to the contrary). That is why they drink the KoolAid, over and over again.

    As Eric Hoffer first noted in his famous ’51 work: “The quality of ideas seems to play a minor role in mass movement
    leadership. What counts is the arrogant gesture, the complete disregard
    of the opinion of others, the singlehanded defiance of the world… Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all the unifying agents. Mass movements can rise and spread without belief in a god, but never without a belief in a devil.”

    And when you believe in the Trumpian Devil, clearly anyone who stands in Opposition to the Progressive God absolutely cannot come to play at my house!

    Sad…pathetic…and unthinkingly cruel.

  • The Democrats irrationally painted Trump as a monster, and now the monster has been elected. There’s no rationalizing with the irrational. The Left has spent two generations balkanizing (polarizing) the country with multiculturalism and ethnic/racial chauvinism–and then is surprised when the largest cohort votes as a group… As you reap, so shall you sow.

  • They have made it abundantly clear in the last week that “racist,” “sexist” and “homophobe” aren’t words that describe actual reality. They are words designed to dehumanize their political opponents. A “racist” is not a person with a family they love, a job, bills to pay, life struggles, who has ups and downs, laughs and cries. No, a “racist” is a Morlock, a sub-human, underground species with no individual personality or redeeming features.

    So of course they’re angry. Sub-humans won the election.

  • Your wife got red-pilled on the risks of both Facebook and “friends” like “Dee.”

  • Thanks for this article. I, too, have experienced this. I am right now having a debate with a liberal, Christian, African-American friend about the “racist” component of Trump voters, which I guess includes me. It is amazing how he doesn’t seem to worry or learn about flawed concepts of “false consciousness”, “white privilege”, and “internalized racism/misogyny” while posting statistics from showing/proving the racism of Trump voters. Another Christian friend posted an article examining that Christians voted for Trump because they just wanted to be left alone and not picked on; she called the article unChristlike; I asked her to engage in a conversation and include the verses she used … it probably won’t go well. Then there is the NeverTrumper, bible college professor who de-friended me because he was starting to see the light on Climate Change; he doesn’t like to be challenged on anything. Also, he isa friend of another Christian friend who became a progressive liberal and defriended me because I asked too many questions he never wanted to answer. So I just read and encourage others to learn (aka be disciples); it’s nice to know others are trying to figure this out as well

  • your’s and your wife’s biggest problem is that you are mush heads. secondarily, you sir are a pussy. wish i had some answers for you but i don’t.

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