Election Suddenly Reveals Half of the Country Disagrees
Hidden in the message of many of the lamentations regarding the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States is the shocking revelation that one half of America thinks differently than the other half — and they have a voice.
Gregg Popovich — coach of the San Antonio Spurs and a 1970 graduate of the US Air Force Academy — recently bemoaned this disparity in values, though he was blind to his own hypocrisy [emphasis added]:
I’m just sick to my stomach. Not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenor and tone and all of the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic.
I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone. That’s the scariest part of the whole thing to me. It’s got nothing to do with the environment and Obamacare, and all of the other stuff. We live in a country that ignored all of those values that we would hold our kids accountable for. They’d be grounded for years if they acted and said the things that have been said in that campaign by Donald Trump.
Many others have similarly taken to the talking-head circuit or the internet to bemoan Christians supporting Donald Trump, who has done things that are decidely unChrist-like.
What Popovich and many weeping Americans like him fail to acknowledge, though, is that the opposite side of the electoral ballot held values that the other half of the country felt just as strongly about. Hillary Clinton, after all, was as much a ‘sinner’ as Donald Trump. Take Clinton’s views on abortion, for just one example, now graphically documented thanks to her own statements during the presidential debates.
Using Popovich’s words, one could just as easily say ‘we live in a country where half of the people knew a politician would defend laws that allow an innocent child to be killed, and yet they voted for her anyway.’ A great many Christians voted for Clinton, despite the fact she has done things that are — just like Trump — decidedly unChrist-like.
Many people viewed the election as an unenviable choice between the lesser of two evils. That Popovich or others feel Democrat candidates were the lesser evil does not make that evil any less so, nor their ideological opponents evil as a result.