Stop Saying Trump Might Be A Good President
As Americans pass through the stages of grief and get over their initial shock at the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, many are already rationalizing their fears away.
"What if Trump is a good president and he just used the Republicans to get elected?"
"I don't think Trump is a racist. He was just saying those things to get in."
"If Trump is a fiscal conservative and socially liberal, that might be a good thing!"
"He used to be a Democrat! I bet he won't deport anybody or ban Muslims."
These are just some of the many ways Americans are expressing some level of optimism as they come to accept that no, the electoral college is not going to make Hillary Clinton our next President.
I hope Donald Trump succeeds as President. I hope that he doesn't continue to ride on a political wave of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. With full Republican control of the government, he might actually pass a lot of bills, and some I assume, will be good bills. As President Obama shared, Trump's success is our success.
But in our attempt to try to get on with life and tamp down our fears, let's not forget that while Trump could create millions of jobs, he could simultaneously destroy our environment with coal, oil, and other dirty industries.
While Trump is "making America great again" and renegotiating trade deals that are allegedly more favorable to American workers, his justice department could be turning a blind eye to voter suppression and failing to properly prosecute hate crimes, which are increasing as we speak.
With Trump "bombing the hell out of ISIS," Americans might not see the world becoming less safe due to his chummy relationship with Russia's Vladmir Putin and his antagonism of Iran.
Trump's pledge to stop the revolving door of lobbyist-to-government employee may blur our vision as his family business becomes richer and richer through President Trump's influence.
As Trump "drains the swamp of Washington" while simultaneously keeping around contemptuous has-beens like Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich, we might miss his de-regulation of the financial powers that caused the Great Recession.
Again, I hope that Donald Trump is a great president, because I plan to live in America for at least another 50 years. It's kind of important that he succeeds.
But in hoping that Trump doesn't send us into nuclear war, racial war, or trade war, I will not pretend like there is not a ton of risk involved with the Trumps living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Place your bets.