When this question is asked, the answers are many and contradictory.
Some say the third party voters.
Others, the ones that didn’t vote.
Others blame the electoral college, or say that it was just the fault of Trump voters.
Some very special people say that we didn’t address the issues of the poor disenfranchised white people who voted for Trump (that’s never going to fly with me. He built his campaign on hatred of all the Outcast, talked more about his hatred than he did his policies…they might not like the system as it was, but neither did I…that’s not an excuse for voting for someone that only articulated his hatred…especially with all that I mentioned in Wait and see? Really? happening).
I have a different thought though.
Trump shouldn’t have won, and he and his hatred shouldn’t have got that far into the race in the first place.
Why did it?
It’s not the left, the right, the third parties…it’s us.
Hatred grows if it’s unchallenged, and as a society we didn’t do that.
When people uttered homophobic slurs, we said they had the right to their opinion.
When people made racist remarks, we told ourselves that maybe they had a reason for their bigotry, as if anything could actually justify it.
We didn’t stand as one against transphobic bathroom bills.
When black people were trying to call out and show that according to this system their lives didn’t matter, as shooting after shooting was recorded as undeniable evidence that this was happening, that black people were being killed by cops without just cause and when white people can get out from jail after 6 months for rape, we created movements that said all lives matter and closed our ears and eyes to all that evidence to the contrary when it comes to the system and how it treats different races.
We put less of a focus on over ten women coming forward saying that he sexually assaulted them and he said he feels it’s fine to do that if you’re rich (basically, a he said/she said the exact same thing) than on his opponent’s emails.
…and you ignored when he over and over repeated the myth of us autistics being vaccine-injured, called us “doctor-inflicted”, a narrative that considers us subhuman and broken.
We did these things over and over. We as a people may not have said the hateful remarks, but not challenging it, letting it grow by saying it’s an opinion not hate, defending their remarks, telling defenders of truth to back off (something I have done and regret), is just as bad as actually spreading it yourself. If you don’t stand up to injustice you’re complicit in it.
In our lack of vigilance and combat of this hatred, it festered and grew until it became the President. Now that he’s elected, we must do better. We need to combat the hateful and protect the Outcast under threat, actually act against the hatred with our words and our feet, they are now actually attacking people countrywide in large numbers. We didn’t rise up then, but we need to now.