By Raynard Jackson
NNPA Newswire Columnist
A few years ago, I wrote one of the most difficult columns that I have ever had to write. In this particular column, I had to publicly deal with my sexuality and I had to finally confess to the public that I was heterosexual.
I was tired of living in the shadows and finally mustered up the courage to out myself. I was heartened that all my friends and family supported me and told me how courageous I was. Many of my celebrity friends called me and told me how proud they were of me and they understood that it took a lot of courage to publicly admit that I like women.
Now, I have an equally difficult confession to make. To my friends and family, I hope this confession won’t affect how you feel and think about me.
After voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and wholeheartedly supporting the Republican Party, I have finally come to terms with the fact that I am a racist. I am xenophobic. I hate women; I’m misogynistic. I hate Muslims; I’m Islamaphobic. And must I hate America, because I’m a fascist.
And because I refused to vote for Hillary Clinton, I obviously hate Blacks and other minorities, even though I am Black myself. I hate all immigrants and definitely want to send all women back to the Stone Age, the good ol’ days when they simply did what they were told.
How did I find myself in Clinton’s “basket of deplorables?” Because, I’ve been watching cable news and reading mainstream newspapers. I’ve also been listening to Black liberal media pundits like Roland Martin, Van Jones, Angela Rye, National Urban League President Marc Morial, and NAACP President Cornell Brooks.
They all said that since I voted for Donald Trump for president, I must be all of those things: racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, and Islamaphobic. The liberal political class also indicated, that in order to be absolved of my sins, I would have to confess that Hillary Clinton lost, because of the sexist, angry White men that voted against her.
Listening to these liberals whine and complain proves that they still don’t get why their candidate lost.
Memo to liberals: the customer (the voter) is always right.
As a political analyst, I am stunned that Hillary supporters are actually blaming the voters for her loss. They are calling the voters dumb, angry, racist, and uneducated, or in Hillary’s own words, they are a “basket of deplorables.” This is never a good idea.
Trump received 29 percent of the Hispanic vote and 8 percent of the Black vote; are they also dumb and racist?
College students across the country claimed to be so traumatized by Trump’s election that some schools like Yale University cancelled classes and provided grief counselors. I am not kidding, this actually happened.
What is amazing about the election is the reaction by Hillary supporters. There has not been one charge that the election was not fair; her people simply don’t like the result and decided to take to the streets to march in protest.
Even the controversial 2000 presidential election that featured then-Texas Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore did not lead to this level of protest. No one disputed the fairness of that election; they disputed the counting of the votes. Eventually, even Al Gore accepted the results of the election and the country moved on.
Many of the people protesting simply didn’t like the results of the election. Memo to Hillary supporters: Trump won, so, get over it. Stop whining and grow up!
Hillary and her supporters felt like they were entitled to the office of the presidency. They thought that they deserved the office, because she was a woman with the last name of Clinton. She had been running for president most of her life and now that they came so close, they refuse to reconcile the fact that the American people rejected her and her message.
Trump won on a campaign theme of “Make America Great Again.” The liberal response was, “When was America ever great?
America was great when President Lincoln freed the slaves. America was great when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in the 60s. America was great when we elected the first Black president in 2008.
America will always be great when voters accept the will of their fellow citizens when it comes to our free and fair elections. You don’t have to like the choice, but you must accept the result.
This is what makes America great.
Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party.