Student - 9 november 2016

Have mercy, Mr Trump

Leonardo Medina Santa Cruz

Blogger Leonardo had a long night following the presidential elections.


So it begins: the polls are open. The latest surveys show a mere 4% difference in her favor.

You’ve got to be kidding me!

This is a man who threatened to block remittances if we don’t pay for his damn wall. That’s the money Mexicans in United States send their families back home, it’s our highest source of foreign income. If he goes through with it, millions of people will go hungry.


He won’t win, of course. He won’t. He can’t.

'He’s a joke', I thought when he ran in June last year. A few months later, when I heard he could actually win, I laughed. Since then I´ve watched him call for a ban on Muslims, mock the disabled, call women 'bimbos', voice racist comments, offensive comments about Latinos, Syrians, even his fellow citizens. I laughed every time.

Now, picturing the outcome turns me into a nervous wreck. Guess the joke’s on me.


I spoke with Rafael and Ernesto earlier. Cousins living north of the border. No, they are not drug dealers, nor rapists. In many ways, we are sending our best. They are scared, though, as we all should be.

A U.S. leader who is fascinated by the destructive power of nukes, who believes climate change is a Chinese hoax, who calls for suspected terrorists to be tortured, and their families killed, who says things like 'I love war'. He would impact lives far beyond his own country.


The polls on the east coast are closing now, the counting is on. First glimpse: with a 1% count, he rules in Kentucky and Indiana.

Forgive me, I need to get some sleep.


Crap! He won Florida. That’s a big one, he needed it.

As I turn on the TV, first thing I hear is CNN host saying 'maybe he was right'. My aunt jokes about learning the wall-building craft, my cousins are questioning democracy. The Mexican peso is now at 21 for a single buck, and one very smart friend says he most certainly has the presidency.


Why am I even surprised? Americans, by which I mean many of them, have been thinking their country is messed up for a while now; and they mostly blame immigrants. Suddenly, this guy comes and says it’s okay to say it out loud. Says it’s okay to hate.

Benjamin Franklin got it right: 'Desperation never made a good bargain'.


He won Pennsylvania. It’s basically over now.




In one night, hate triumphed over love, ignorance over knowledge, hierarchy over equality, fear over hope.

I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know which walls will be built, if wars will be waged. I especially don’t know where we should go from here. Is this U-turn into sexism, racism, fascism the new vision for United States? For the world? I don’t know.

I’m afraid, though. I know that much.

Re:acties 3

  • Dutch

    I agree on your good Blog. I think that especially international politics will be a problem. Trump is not interested in other countries. I especially fear for East Europe and the anger of Poetin.
    And of course the results in protecting the environment will be thrown back a 40 years, since Trump only loves oil and denies the effect of human on worldwide tempreature.

  • Alex

    Hi Leo,

    I talked to my uncle about democracy and how he views his current government (Eastern Europe country) which he does not approve of and he replied, "We survived Communism, we will survive this government. Sometimes we need something to remind us the importance of democracy and I can assure you that when elections come again, next time there will be a higher turnout." So I think of that and feel better.

    Generally the US has been rather passive with their own democracy so maybe this is the kick in the butt that they need.

  • Reader

    Hi Leonardo,

    I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your blogs. I think you have a real knack for writing (which maybe doesn't shine through so much in this blog because of the format) and I like your voice. I hope you'll continue to write more.

    As for today's blog... I think that maybe tonight/today is a dark night/day (and I totally understand your fear and hurt right now) but I have to believe that in the end love WILL win. There are so many people who will fight against every racist, sexist, horrible policy that he will propose. You are not alone. We are not alone. :)