The world is still reeling a week after Donald Trump was announced the next president of the US. Post-results, there is a definite sense of uncertainty, anticipation and aggression now looming over the major western society. Social media has been flooded with comments, memes and YouTube broadcast videos of people sharing their opinions on both slides; with both slides attacking one another.
This was not the only major political shakeup this year; on June 23rd the British people went to the polls to cast their vote in the historic EU referendum- arguably the biggest decision faced by Brits in a generation- and voted to leave the EU.
What do both these major events have in common? Well on both occasions the mainstream media got it wrong. Here in the UK, Britons were told that the Remains had the vote in the bag; a similar chain of events were played out on the mainstream media during the US presidential election, with Hillary Clinton forecasted as the winner. So how could they get it so wrong? Did they ask all the wrong people or did voters lie about which way they were going to vote?
It was most likely a combination of the two.
Never have there been such staunch social implications associated with being honest about which way you intended to vote. Here in the UK – even amongst friends- you would not dare say that you intended to vote leave for fear of being labelled a racist, a xenophobe and a hate-monger. Even as a foreigner myself, I was not safe. When I was asked by a friend about what I would vote, was I not a foreigner, I was immediately and aggressively attacked when I responded that I would vote to leave the European Union. Without any consideration for my reasoning, without even asking about why I felt that way, I was instantly labelled a ring-wing xenophobe and hypocritical foreigner. Wow. And she was a friend.
This is why I called the Trump win, months before the results were announced.
I imagine the repercussions for anyone intent on voting Trump would have been the same as what I experienced here in the UK; a hysterical, vicious and hypercritical attack on the persons morals and ideas. Why do the some people find it necessary, appropriate or even acceptable to attack a people in such a disgusting way for not sharing the same point of view?
Some friendly advice: if you find someone ignorant, try to educate through facts, debate and discussion. If your only response to someone who disagrees with you is to attack them with unjustified labels, such as ‘racist’, then you are not the free-thinking liberal that you pretend to be – more like a social dictator- and are not going to change anyone mind.
The power of discussion is immense but only if you are welling to partake, and listen.