For millions of Americans – a majority, by almost 5m popular votes – it’s a time for celebration and relief. Trump’s cruelty, vindictiveness, non-stop lies, corruption, rejection of science, chaotic incompetence and gross narcissism brought out the worst in America. He tested the limits of American decency and democracy. He is the closest we have come to a dictator.
Donald Trump built his real estate empire evicting people of color.— Robert Reich (@RBReich) November 7, 2020
Today, people of color evicted Donald Trump.
Democracy has had a reprieve, a stay of execution. We have another chance to preserve it, and restore what’s good about America.
It will not be easy. The social fabric is deeply torn. Joe Biden will inherit a pandemic far worse than it would have been had Trump not played it down and refused to take responsibility for containing it, and an economic crisis exacting an unnecessary toll.
Despite some of the highest Covid-19 death rates in America, Navajo Nation increased their turnout and went 97% for Biden…yes, 97%…— Robert Reich (@RBReich) November 7, 2020
We owe them a debt of gratitude in helping to flip Arizona.
The worst legacy of Trump’s term of office is a bitterly divided America.
The son of a car salesman and the daughter of immigrants will replace a racist trust fund baby and a homophobe.— Robert Reich (@RBReich) November 7, 2020
Judging by the number of ballots cast in the election, Trump’s base of support is roughly 70 million. They were angry even before the election (as were Biden supporters). Now, presumably, they are angrier.
He didn’t just pour salt into our wounds. He planted grenades in them
The nation was already divided when Trump became president – by race and ethnicity, region, education, national origin, religion and class. But he exploited these divisions to advance himself. He didn’t just pour salt into our wounds. He planted grenades in them.
It is a vile legacy. Although Americans have strongly disagreed over what we want the government to do, we at least agreed to be bound by its decisions. This meta-agreement required enough social trust for us to regard the views and interests of those we disagree with as equally worthy of consideration as our own. But Trump continuously sacrificed that trust to feed his own monstrous ego. read more
The worst legacy of Trump’s term of office is a bitterly divided America.— Robert Reich (@RBReich) November 8, 2020
But the responsibility for healing America falls to all of us.https://t.co/aNDGKSexck