To the GOP,
Congratulations on your first lesson in karma in the era of Donald Trump! It has been a long time coming, but you’ve finally been made to feel the consequences of your allegiance to a bonafide lunatic who has no business being in the White House. The stunning Democratic sweep last night that saw them win key state legislative seats and governorships across the country was a direct “Fuck You” to the Republican Party, and a clear sign of where the country is heading in the future. Unfortunately for you, the direction isn’t right. It’s left, and there not a lot you can do about it.
This is what happens when you openly embrace xenophobia, hate and misogyny. While there are dark elements of society that you know will predictably come out and vote for you when agitated, there are always more decent people who will respond to keep them in check. We saw this in World War II when global fascism was defeated, and we’re seeing it again as its bastard descendent attempts to make a comeback. Fascism-lite is still fascism, and we’re not having any of it. Not now, and not ever.
This is the bed you made, and the bed you are going to have to lie in. You supported a bigoted man who openly denigrates women, insults minorities and lies through his teeth on a hourly basis. You supported a man who denies climate change, who works openly for the billionaire class and is destroying the federal government for his own callous purposes. The GOP was better than this. Not much, but it was a party filled with people who loved this country and likely wanted to make it better. That party no longer exists. Now you have a weak, divided shambles of an organization that cannot stand up to Trump and cannot win elections going forward. This is not theory, but fact as the voters delivered you a message last night that can be interpreted in no other way. The future of America is black, brown, female and tolerant. You are white, old, male and full of shit.
There was a time when liberals like myself could reach out to conservatives and engage in civil conversation. That era has gone, and the only conservatives liberals will talk to are the ones who denounce Trump and his vile brand of ethno nationalism. The rest of you are complicit in this insanity, and you will pay the price for it.
What goes up must come down. What is concealed will be revealed, and what you reap is what you sow. The reckoning for Donald Trump is coming, and you are going to learn to lose, and lose horrifically.
See you in 2018.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.