These are Donald Trump’s tweets from the 2012 election, during a brief point where it looked like Romney was carrying the popular vote (before the west coast was counted). If you read them without that context, it looks like he’s admitting his own failure now, encouraging people to deny his inauguration.
It’s worth posting just for that, never mind his hypocrisy on display.
Do I expect Trump to feel any dissonance between his accepting victory now and his calls for revolution because he (wrongly, oh so wrongly) thought Romney won the popular vote in 2012?
If you can, and you have not voted already, please vote tomorrow.
The 2012 election day was bad enough to ride out on tumblr, and I’m expecting tomorrow to be infinitely worse. Please take care of yourself, even if that means not being online for a large part of the day. I know I probably won’t be online for most of the day. If you’re overly stressed or anxious about it during the day or as results come trickling in (which is fine and understandable, even), talk to somebody you trust, if you want, or distract yourself with something you enjoy.
Please be safe tomorrow. I know nothing is necessarily expected, but given how strange this election cycle has been, being cautious certainly couldn’t hurt.
Like I said, please take care of yourself.
And please, please, please vote if you can. Encourage others to get out and vote if they can. Please, just vote.
At this point, I hoping there’s some small, secret collection of bamfs somewhere that are forming a real-life Red Lotus that will take down You-Know-Who and everyone who messed up both this election and our country.
…Yes, I know how their plan turned out for everyone it affected. I honestly don’t care at this point. We need change, by any means necessary.
Even before any election happens, it’s pretty easy to predict where the demographic fault lines will be: whites tend to vote more Republican than non-whites. Women tend to vote more Democratic than men. This year, it became clear that there was a growing gap between white voters with college degrees, who tend to vote more Democratic, and those without degrees, who vote more Republican.
Here’s another divide that started to get more attention this election: the rural-urban gap. Rural voters vote more Republican, while urban voters vote more Democratic, and that divide grew this year from where it was in 2012 and 2008. It’s a nuanced divide, too; strikingly, as counties get progressively more rural, they more or less steadily grow more Republican. And it’s possible that living in a rural area caused people to vote more Republican this election.
Exit polls show that the rural-urban divide grew from 2008 to 2012, and again this election. What’s particularly interesting is that the rural vote seems to have moved more than the urban or suburban votes.
2012 - Some shitty homophobe activists put up anti gay marriage voting signs in Portland, Maine, and find out there are lots of awesome people there when their signs keep disappearing. We can all do our part in keeping our cities clean and free of trash!
If any of you were here back when I blogged through the 2012 US elections, ye’ll know that I extended an invitation to those in need to come here if Romney won. More than ever, I extend that invitation again if Trump wins. Lighting a candle for ye.
I miss the 2012 election when we were all making jokes and having a laugh because we all knew the competent, decent fucking candidate would win instead of having actual fucking panic attacks and despairing over this shitty country
Also it's not just about skin color - of course a white person will be more priviledged in the US, but they could still be poor, disabled or lgbtqa+ like people aren't just one thing. And many poc voted trump and third party too, especially men. I don't feel like they should get a pass as men just cause they're non-white.
look, of course i know people have multiple different axes where they might be privileged in one respect but oppressed in another which is why if you noticed in that post i specifically said that “It is about recognising the institutional structures that benefit you to the detriment of other people because of a particular trait- in this case, we’re talking about whiteness.” how is this tantamount to saying whiteness means a problem free life. and then what about people who are non-white AND also poor, disabled, lgbtqa+? their non-whiteness compounds their problems!
why are we focusing on POC who voted trump or third party when it is clearly not them but by and large white voters that allowed trump to get this close. the fact that white voters were not repelled by a candidate like trump but supported him at similar levels or more strongly than past republican candidates? i’m not saying non-white trump supporters don’t exist cos they do, but you talk about not giving non-white male trump supporters a pass but for goodness sakes what about the multitudes of white male trump supporters getting a pass? men of colour sure don’t get a pass in the us criminal justice system. many couldn’t even vote (esp black men) because of mass incarceration for non-violent crime. there are way more white men than non-white men. why is it non-white america (who already overwhelmingly backed clinton) is the focus when white america has a much bigger role in trump’s victory? reducing it all to being about misogyny (which could play some role) but ignoring the racial component which showed a much bigger split would be disingenuous.
just look at the difference in the exit polls, including when you factor in education background. a clear split between white and non-white america. like it’s not even 50/50 for white voters but almost 60%.
look at the difference between non-white and white voters for those without a college degree. it’s not just about class of education level.
of course on an individual level everyone who voted for trump regardless of their race is responsible for his victory but as a group, non-white men were most definitely not the ones who delivered the presidency to trump. just look at the votes of white women too.
if you feel down in these forlorn times, remember that there is an alternate timeline in which newt gingrich won the 2012 US presidential election and in that timeline a version of yourself is living it up at the moon base newt promised to build
remember that that version of yourself will soon be held captive by the shadow people native to the dark side of the moon who will sacrifice your life to protect their lunar sovereignty
you will be the final life lost to american imperialism and the shadow children of the moon will remember your name long past the extinction of man