All throughout the night of Tuesday, November 8th, all of the major news networks were projecting states. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer gave “Key Race Alerts” all night long, much to the chagrin of Twitter users (myself included). But one word echoed throughout the broadcasts, channel after channel, article after article, page by page. “Historic,” as if a white man winning a Presidential election is historic. The first African-American President, the first biracial President, the first woman President, these are historic.
Donald Trump may be the first President not to have the informal qualifications to be President, but he is by no means historic. His run is historic in a different way.
Here is how Donald Trump’s run for President has been historic:
From day one, Donald Trump insulted Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, saying, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
Donald Trump chose a running mate that supports the torture of LGBTQ+ youth in conversion camps.
Donald Trump has proposed a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” a proposal widely considered to be against the United States Constitution. The proposal seems to have disappeared from Trump’s website.
Donald Trump insulted the family of the late Iraq War veteran Army Captain Humayun Khan, after his father gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention, offering Trump his copy of the United States Constitution. Trump said, “His wife, if you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.” Many top House and Senate Republicans including House Speaker Paul Ryan distanced themselves from the nominee-gone-rogue’s comments.
Donald Trump has consistently called his opponent “Crooked Hillary”, “Crooked H” and sometimes, just “Crooked”.
Donald Trump has threatened to jail his political opponent if he won the election, in a nationally televised debate viewed by more than 63 million Americans.
Secretary Clinton: “It’s just awfully good that [Donald Trump] is not in charge of the law in our country.”
Donald Trump: “Because you would be in jail.”
Donald Trump has suggested that “Second Amendment people” could “do something” about his opponent, suggesting that his followers shoot Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump stated that Arizona Senator John McCain was not a war hero because he was a prisoner of war. Trump said, “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns, breaking a tradition spanning 9 presidential elections.
Donald Trump suggested that Russia hack into Hillary Clinton’s emails and potentially expose state secrets.
Donald Trump suggested that a respected, Indiana-born federal judge couldn’t make a fair decision because of his Mexican heritage.
Donald Trump was found out to have potentially not paid federal income tax for nearly 20 years and claimed that it “makes me smart.”
Donald Trump mimicked a disabled New York Times reporter.
Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, plagiarized a portion of Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech at her 2016 RNC speech.
Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, was discovered to have inconsistent stories about her immigration status before marrying Donald Trump.
Donald Trump claimed that he could “shoot somebody and [not] lose voters.”
Is this really the man we want to run our country? Donald Trump stands in direct opposition to everything we stand for as Americans. Jailing political opponents, insulting swaths of the electorate, barring more than a billion people from entry into the country are not what the United States stands for.
Congratulations, Donald Trump! You managed to insult your way to the White House. Just remember this list of people you’ve insulted in 2020.