I understand the whole concept of party unity after a divisive leadership campaign. The tradition is for the losers in a leadership race to endorse the winner thereby making the election unanimous. All warm and fuzzy, rah-rah, all for one and one for all, let’s beat the other party in the general election.
I can even grasp a country rallying behind a president-elect in an effort at unity. No matter how many candidates may have run for top spot, when one wins we all come together under his or her umbrella. All things being equal.
But that camaraderie only rings true when the campaign has been normal. Clashes between candidates about policies, leadership styles, and backgrounds can be smoothed over for the betterment of the country. The usual US election campaign is a battle for votes between two parties who hold different positions on the right/left, conservative/liberal, republican/democratic continuum. Variations on a theme if you will. But the most recent US election was anything but normal. I am finding it difficult to process the ‘I’ll give him a chance” approach this time round.
While I understand the concept, I find that some of the things Donald Trump said and did during his campaign and before he ran are so egregious that the usual rally around the president-elect attempts ring hollow. The fact that his first few appointments have fuelled the polarization of the country rather than make inroads and attempts at healing only serves to make giving him a chance even more difficult.
But of course there remains the fact that the election is over, done and dusted, no amount of protesting, no calls to do away with the Electoral College will have any effect other than perhaps as an outlet for frustration. But to me accepting the outcome does not equate with getting behind Trump. I think I’d be more likely to find myself protesting in the streets and hoping for an early impeachable gaffe from him than giving him a chance.
One interesting note is that Professor Allan Lichtman who has correctly predicted the last nine US presidential elections, including the most recent, also predicts that President Trump will be impeached. Food for thought.