Dancing with Mr. D

So, what will you do if the worst happens?

I still remember seeing the horrified looks in the eyes of John Kerry’s supporters outside of Boston’s Faneuil Hall on the afternoon of November 3, 2004, after it was announced that Kerry would concede defeat to President George W. Bush, thus condemning this country to four more years of hate, lies and fear. The faces of Kerry’s Boston backers were drained of life and color; they looked as though fate had mugged them.

They could see a dark future, not unlike the protagonist in the Stephen King novel The Dead Zone. They knew what would come: more lives needlessly lost in Iraq, more lives lost to gun violence here in the United States, more carbon pollution cooking the planet, more right-wing ideologues appointed to the federal judiciary, more disdain for our democracy.

The eerie thing is, November 3, 2004 will be remembered as a moment of relative joy and frivolity if Donald Trump wins on November 8, 2016. As melancholy as that moment was twelve years ago, it ultimately led to better days for our land–specifically November 4, 2008 and November 6, 2012. Does anyone really think better days will come for this country if Trump procures Presidential power?

Remember the raw racism on the infamous Nixon tapes–how the 37th President make it clear that he saw black and brown people not as citizens but as nuisances? That attitude would return to the White House under a Trump administration. Imagine that attitude flourishing in a country with an alt-right media infrastructure that didn’t exist in Nixon’s day–and what that would mean for vulnerable people of color.

The thought of racists feeling empowered to engage in violence towards citizens of color in a Trump administration literally keeps me awake at night. You may recall the recent case of an apparently pro-Trump white supremacist in Washington state who viciously attacked a black man after he kissed his white girlfriend. That story chilled me; I have a number of friends who have found love across the color line, and the thought of a terrorist Trumpkin harming them in the bigoted billionaire’s name is frightening.

What will you do if Trump and Mike Pence, that gruesome twosome, win on November 8? I have a friend who jokes that if Trump and Pence defeat Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, he will call Child Protective Services on every pro-Trump parent he knows, since their decision to vote for the Donald would constitute probable cause to investigate child maltreatment. I certainly wouldn’t go that far, but if I had a daughter or a son, and I learned that one of their playdate pals had parents who voted for Trump, I would think twice about continuing to let my child associate in any capacity with such a questionable family.

Consider this an open thread. How will you react if Trump wins? Will you consider moving from America, in order to find a safe space from stateside stupidity? Will you stay and fight to limit Trump’s damage to one term? As for me, I think I’ll take my cue from the great TV on the Radio song “Happy Idiot”: I’m gonna bang my head to the wall/’till I feel like nothing at all…

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.