Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.
That’s remarkable for all sorts of reasons: He has no governmental experience, for example. And many times during his campaign, he said things that inflamed large swaths of Americans, whether it was talking about grabbing women’s genitals or calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and playing up crimes committed by immigrants, including drug crimes and murders.
But right now, it’s also remarkable because almost no one saw it coming. All major forecasters predicted a Hillary Clinton win, whether moderately or by a landslide.
So what happened?
We don’t know just yet why pollsters and forecasters got it wrong, but here’s what made this electorate so different from the one that elected Barack Obama by 4 points in 2012. To be clear, it’s impossible to break any election results out into fully discrete demographic groups or trends — race, gender and class are interconnected, impossible-to-disentangle phenomena. But, for now, here’s what the exit polls, as reported by CNN, do tell us about a few of those trends that handed this election to Trump.
Always remember: Donald Trump doesn’t have a mandate. Hillary won the popular vote. His victory was razor thin. Majority of the country rejects him. We are more in numbers, but to win, we need to stand united not divided against him. In a divided country, Donald Trump wins. This election is evidence of that.
In 1987, Donald Moffett created He Kills Me in response to Ronald Reagan’s inaction and smugness about the HIV/AIDS crisis that was leaving people for death. The image itself remains unmistakable today - for its visual contrast and its ability to say so much while using so little. I think about this tonight because Donald Trump is set to take the stage at the RNC tonight.
“He kills me” is the only appropriate descriptor for what his presidency can bring. Surely for queer people, if he has Mike Pence as his VP, and for the millions of immigrants and people of color that call this country home. We have to remember this now, and come November. There’s nothing good a Trump presidency can bring.