Joe Biden will almost certainly be the next President of the United States. The Biden-Harris ticket received the most votes of any ticket in American history and is expected to win the referendum by two to five points. Biden is currently a leader in enough states to give him 306 votes for the electoral college. more than the 304 Donald Trump received in 2016, which Trump called “historic”. Biden will likely win even if he loses a state or two where he currently leads. And if state lawmakers had merely given their states the means to count the ballots received, this would have been evident since Tuesday evening.
Even so, this protracted victory is not what many of us envisioned. Biden failed to meet pre-election polls predictions, be it because the polling industry is garbage or Biden is “below average”. Furthermore, the Democrats appear to have been unable to regain control of the United States Senate, at least for the moment (runoff elections in Georgia could change the calculus), and the Democrats lost some seats in the House of Representatives.
All of this has given some people a fall of sads. At least 68 million Americans have voted for the racist, misogynist president, more than last time before they saw him botched the response to the coronavirus that killed 230,000 people. Some people wanted more of a “rejection” of Trump and Trumpism, and instead we got another razor-thin election where a few hundred thousand votes spread across several states could have changed the results. As Virginia Democrat Gerald Connolly complained:: “The Trump coalition is more tenacious and resilient and capable than we might have expected … The country is even more polarized and divided.”
The thing is, While the Trump coalition is just as tenacious, racist, and hideous as we feared, the idea that “the country” is “deeply divided” is ridiculous. White people are divided. White people cannot stand together to reject white supremacy. Blacks rejected Trump quite well. We’d throw it in the sun, too, if you would allow us – for free. One lucky quirk of Republicans that is forcing some states to wait for postal ballots to be counted is that they showed the impact of urban black voters. Trump won Wisconsin until Milwaukee reported. He won Michigan until Detroit came in. He won Pennsylvania until Philadelphia was found. And the last time Georgia had to endure something as fair as what Stacey Abrams mobilized down there, William Tecumseh Sherman marched through.
Black people won this election for the Democrats, and non-white voters in that country also rejected President Trump. Trump did well with Cuban Americans in Florida (as Republicans usually do) and with some Latinx voters in South Texas. But overall, he lost Latinx voters: he lost Puerto Rican Americans in Florida and Mexican Americans in Arizona. He lost with the AAPI community. He lost the Muslim community. He lost the Jewish community. And he lost with the LGBTQ community. This rejection should be respected and celebrated. Trump is the first president to have lost a re-election offer since 1992, and he lost it because a coalition of essentially everyone other than white cis-hetero-Christians united and spoke out against him. We saved America. You’re welcome.
I’m sorry no more whites joined our America (and thankful for those who did) by disapproving of the bigotry, misogyny, and incompetence of Trump and the GOP, but I refuse to allow that their ghoulliness ruins my good time. Confession of white supremacy will ultimately kill this country, just as ideologies of racial superiority have killed any nation-state that has clung to them for too long.
But not today. Thanks to the rest of us, white America has a few more years to get over itself. Today we have given whites additional time to look introspectively at their own communities, find out how they went so terribly wrong, and work out a plan and message to persuade other whites to stop acting against their own interests Community vote name of continued racial dominance. I have to write an elegy. It is titled: Hillbilly, heal yourself.
But what we are not going to do is ask people of color, especially blacks who have rid this country from evil, to appease or mitigate their demands for justice just because it might scare some of the white voters who consistently vote Pronounced for the country have championed very dystopia Trump.
I have heard speakers suggest that in the face of police brutality, strict demands for racial justice have “offended” white Democrats in swing districts. Political guru James Carville said on MSNBC that the “police material” was “not helpful”. When asked about the Democratic “underperformance”, former Senator Claire McCaskill said: “On cultural issues, I think the Republican Party has been very adept at adopting cultural issues as part of its main theme. Whether you’re talking about guns or issues related to the right to abortion in this country, or things like gay marriage and the right to transsexuals and other people that we as a party have tried to maintain to make sure they are be treated fairly.She later apologized for using the term “transexual”.
At a conference call after the electionsVirginia representative Abby Spanberger, who narrowly won re-election, called the House Democrats’ campaign a “failure” and slammed the party into protests inspired by the death of George Floyd. According to reports, the call basically turned into a centrist freak-out session, with vulnerable Democrats blaming spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and “The Squad” for their problems or losses.
I want to invite these Democrats to either take all seats or jump into a lake. I am sorry if Democrats have a harder win in Richmond, Virginia when they point out police terrorism against blacks. But the blacks were not brought to this earth to make the life of Representative Spanberger easier. She is free to send messages to her district that she believes will work best: We need candidates like Spanberger who can win in purple districts like the one she represents. But it cannot dictate the national message of a party that would not exist without the blood, sweat and bodies of black people.
Moderate white Democrats need to understand immediately that they are part of a party that is simply not competitive nationally, or even in most national races without people of color. Democratic candidates in states that do not have many colored people lose. Democratic candidates who fail to associate with color voters in states where there are large numbers of voters lose themselves. Democrats, whose only message is to change the minds of Trump voters, lose unless the blacks suck them up and save them anyway.
White Democrats were rejected by the majority of whites in this country. When whites have a choice between Trump (or a Trump who doesn’t want to know) and a well-meaning white person with solid politics based on science and compassion, they consistently and overwhelmingly choose the Trump stan. That must sting. White Democrats are frustrated at being rejected so harshly by their own people.
But now there is nothing for it. The path for the Democratic Party is through the vision and leadership of minority communities, especially the black women in our ranks. The sooner moderate white Democrats realize this, the more successful the party will be. The sooner they realize that Stacey Abrams is the future, the less time they’ll spend getting their lunch stolen from Mitch McConnell.
Donald Trump was rejected in this election. White Democrats have to decide whether they want to be on the team that did this or whether they want to keep losing.
I hope you find out soon. Black people in Georgia have two Senate runoff elections to win if white moderates would just line up instead of getting in each other’s way.