If you have read any of my prior opinion pieces, it is blatantly obvious, even if solely implied, that I will not cast my vote for Donald Trump.
I believe that Hillary Clinton is the clear choice for our nation, even if I do not support many of her policies and see her nomination as severely problematic. However, a Trump loss, which seems exceedingly likely after the past three weeks — as of Sunday, Oct. 8, Nate Silver’s forecast, which has historically been quite accurate, gives Clinton an 86.6 percent chance of victory — will not come without a significant consequence for our nation.
This consequence will not show itself in the form of weak leadership or misinformed policy decisions that Trump would be better suited to make. The consequence will be a national division more severe than any seen in our nation since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The rise of Trump is the direct result of a large faction of primarily white Americans who see themselves as recently disenfranchised from American politics and in need of a candidate who will restore their place as the dominant political group in America.
As our country becomes more ethnically and racially diverse, they have turned to the Alt-right movement, which has historically supported politicians such as Rudy Giuliani and Jeff Sessions and has strong ties to white nationalism. The movement stands staunchly against “PC culture” and sees America as a nation whose best days are in the rear view. The nomination of Trump to the top of the Republican ticket is essentially a coming out party for the Alt-right movement in mainstream American politics.
The Alt-right movement will not immediately fade from the mainstream after a Trump loss. His supporters are passionate, and a defeat, in their eyes, will only further sequester them from the rest of the U.S.
As the country further diversifies, the movement will eventually fade. Yet this fade is far from imminent. As Trump touts a media hell bent against his campaign and insinuates voter fraud will be the only way he loses, his supporters will be further impassioned to fight against the system.
This continued rise against the system will occur in tandem with the implementation of Clinton’s platform, which is the most progressive one ever pushed by a mainstream presidential candidate.
The Alt-right sees a Clinton presidency as an assault against the values for which their U.S. supposedly stands.
Wednesday, Nov. 9, the day after the election, will not mark the end of an embarrassing time in American history if Clinton is elected. Unfortunately, the storm is still brewing.