My morning after dismay comes not from the fact that we stand on different sides of the issues. That is, to use a Joseph Campbell word, “expectable.”
Some of my closest friends and family voted for Trump and I both respect their rights and understand their reasons. I accept that more than half the country has priorities and perspectives different from mine.
But this is about character. This is about trading away conscience and compassion for a dangerous and ugly unknown. A grown man who publicly ridicules and mimics someone with a disability reveals a deep character flaw that I couldn’t and wouldn’t overlook. A public figure on a political platform who incites bigotry, hatred, and violence further exposes the depth of that moral failure. This election result is not disappointing but heartbreaking.