Despite what the projections predicted and months of "it couldn't happen" talk precluded, it appears Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. In addition to being the only president with no legislative or military experience, he is also one who has, on his campaign trail, made clear the total lack of interest he has in protecting the rights of the most vulnerable groups in America. In fact, more frequently than not, he or his incoming administration have hinted or even promised to take them away.
If you voted for Donald Trump yesterday, please be acutely aware that you have voted against the safety, freedoms, and in some cases the very lives of people who belong to these categories. Whether you did so purposely or rather by overlooking this vocalized hatred in favor of some ill-thought-out economic or other reason, understand that your vote is still responsible for an immense amount of suffering and even death to come under a Trump presidency.
One of Donald Trump's earliest memorable campaign moments was when he called Mexican immigrants "rapists and murderers." He has discredited the ability of a judge to do his job because of his Mexican heritage. He has associated the Mexican flag with "thugs." He has described undocumented immigrants (Latinx and not) as criminals and has called for mass deportation. All of this is excluding the racist but not necessarily policy-informing things he's said, like the "bad hombres" comment.
Trump has called for a ban on Muslims including, potentially, "mass deportations." He has said he "wouldn't call them" that, which is a rare wise choice of words on his part, because "deportations" are exactly what the Nazis called it when they sent Jewish citizens of Germany to concentration camps. What do you call it when you call for the extrication of an entire religion, including natural born American citizens who belong to it? Where are you deporting them to?
The fact that the KKK endorsed Trump and is celebrating his victory should say enough here. But in case it doesn't, remember that the Justice Department has twice sued his company for denying housing to black people. He continues to question whether President Obama was born in the United States. And he keeps referring to the problems of "the blacks" as synonymous with the problems of the "inner-cities," which goes to show that he has little knowledge and even less interest in understanding the actual problems facing black people (i.e., racism), let alone treat them as anything other than tokens.
Last November, in a well-publicized moment, Donald Trump mocked the mannerisms of Serge Kovaleski, a reporter who has arthrogryposis. Then, when called out for it, he flatly denied that was his intention at all. He also uses the word "retarded" liberally, including in reference to deaf actress Marlee Matlin.
Marriage equality may be the law of the land, but it may not remain that way if raised to the Supreme Court again. Because Trump will have the chance to appoint at least one, possibly 2-3 conservative justices, this and other LGBTQ protections (including laws that outlaw discrimination against LGBTQ people) are likely to be overturned. Incumbent VP Mike Pence advocates for HIGHLY DANGEROUS conversion therapy, and passed a law in Indiana that legally allowed businesses to discriminate against (i.e., deny business to and fire/harass in the workplace) LGBTQ people. Trans people could even lose their (hard-won and hardly-won) status as a real legal category that can even claim discrimination.
What little acknowledgement Donald Trump has given Native Americans has not been positive. When the Mashantucket Pequot Nation presented an obstacle to his real estate empire, Donald Trump questioned the legitimacy of their heritage, proving that hundreds of year's later, a white man's economic empire still trumps basic respect and decency towards Native people. Not to mention all of that "Pocahontas" nonsense towards Elizabeth Warren.
In case you thought he was steering clear of anything too directly reminiscent of the Nazi platform, think again. Even when directly addressing Jewish people, he managed to reduce them to the kind of dangerous stereotypes that helped spark the Holocaust. This summer he also tweeted an anti-semitic meme, and speaking of Twitter, his followers have harassed Jewish writers and other people on Twitter with disgusting, hateful messages constantly.
These you should know by heart, but apparently the 50-60% of white women in America who voted for Trump failed to grasp. He has actively bragged about committing sexual assault. He has spoken against abortion and his Supreme Court appointments could overturn Roe v. Wade, effectively forcing women into pursuing unsafe abortion methods. He has even danced around the idea of legally punishing women who seek out abortions. He has sworn to defund Planned Parenthood, making medical care including but not at all limited to abortion inaccessible for low-income women. And he has denied and attempted to discredit the claims of the numerous women who have accused him of assault. Donald Trump has made it clear how little value or autonomy American female bodies will have under his administration.
Everyone who lives on planet Earth
Donald Trump has said he would back out of the Paris Agreement, which makes sense considering he has referred to climate change as a "hoax." Vulnerable communities like those in Flint are already victimized by environmental degradation on a regular basis, but ignoring climate change, in the end, will come back for us all.
Apart from advocating for policies that will threaten or revoke the rights and legal protections of people belonging to these groups, Trump will also--and in fact already has--empower individuals to act on their hatred. Hate crimes will increase, because we now live in a nation that has formally endorsed this rhetoric at the highest level. Case in point, when he condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester, or that of a homeless Latino man. Politically and personally, the safety of so many Americans (including some of those who voted for him) is at risk.
A more dangerous America, especially for Muslims, Jews, people of color, LGBTQ people, disabled people, and women is the cost of a Trump presidency. But for many of his voters, that was precisely the point.