The Super Tuesday results are in: Trump has 319 delegates. He’s winning the delegate numbers game HANDEDLY.
So, what does this mean?
Well, somehow, it looks like we are going to end up with Trump as the GOP nominee. Do you know how scared that makes me? And do you know how scared you should be right now?
Take this meme as a thermometer for my feelings right now:
2016: Trump won’t win.
2017: President Trump can’t do that, can he?
2018: You watching The Hunger Games tonight? I hope my District wins.
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) March 2, 2016
In the beginning of the election cycle, he was the joke candidate. Nobody took him seriously. I’m not even sure Trump took himself seriously. And now, all signs are pointing to the likelihood of Trump becoming the GOP nominee.
How did we get to this place? HOW?
Well, I think it’s been a long time coming. The GOP is imploding. Their aggressive rhetoric, divisive actions, and obstructionist policies while Obama has been in the office is coming back to bite them in the form of an orange mop.
Trump has tapped into the worst, insidious parts of America. The uncles and aunts we tucked away into the “racist uncle and aunt closets” have come out. They have come out and glommed onto this rotting clementine of a man who has said the things nobody else dares to. Mostly, because they’re racist, misogynist, and xenophobic.
How did we get here?
Well, for one, Republican voters are reliable for their turnout in state, local, and national elections. Democrats come out for national elections but not much else. Secondly, people are scared. Specifically, white people. More specifically, white men. They feel that they have their things taken away from them. Because all of a sudden, the country is slowly becoming more progressive and less like a scene from Mad Men. They can’t just get by on white male mediocrity any more, we’re moving towards more merit-based opportunities. Yeah, we still have a heck of distance to go to close the gap on the various kinds of inequality plaguing our country. But moving towards a more inclusive, equal society has many conservative Republicans clutching their pearls.
Trump says whatever he has to get people to stand behind him. His message changes based on who’s in the room. But one thing is clear, we can’t trust this guy. He lies, he has insane policy ideas, and frankly, I don’t want him representing America.